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Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos (finger) is back in the lineup Wednesday. | 07/30/2014 3:05 PM
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Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos (finger) is back in the lineup Wednesday.
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Impact
Castellanos had a ground ball hit his finger during batting practice Tuesday and was scratched from the lineup. He's had a disappointing season, hitting .264 with six homers, 37 RBI and a .709 OPS in 326 at-bats.
Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez has allowed 13 earned runs on 23 hits over 18 2/3 innings in his last three starts. | 07/29/2014 10:54 PM
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Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez has allowed 13 earned runs on 23 hits over 18 2/3 innings in his last three starts.
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Impact
Sanchez still has a 3.57 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP on the season, but his K/9 has declined from 9.99 in 2013 to 6.91.
Joakim Soria came into Tuesday's game against the White Sox in the seventh inning and allowed four runs on six hits (2 HR). | 07/29/2014 10:50 PM
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Joakim Soria came into Tuesday's game against the White Sox in the seventh inning and allowed four runs on six hits (2 HR).
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Impact
The Tigers opted to keep Joe Nathan in the closer role even though Soria has much better numbers. Soria's ERA jumped from 2.67 to 3.71 Tuesday.
Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez left Tuesday's game with lower back tightness, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News. | 07/29/2014 9:12 PM
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Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez left Tuesday's game with lower back tightness, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News.
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Impact
Suarez had a solid month of June after being called up, but he's hit .237 with 17 Ks over 59 at-bats in July.
Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a right index finger contusion. | 07/29/2014 6:43 PM
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Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a right index finger contusion.
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Impact
Castellanos had a ground ball hit his finger during batting practice. He's had a disappointing season, hitting .264 with six homers, 37 RBI and a .709 OPS in 326 at-bats.
Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis is a career .400 hitter with a 1.079 OPS versus White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. | 07/29/2014 9:33 AM
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Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis is a career .400 hitter with a 1.079 OPS versus White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
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Impact
And if Davis gets on base he's been successful in 4-of-4 stolen base attempts against Quintana. Davis is putting together his best season since 2009 in Oakland. He's batting .297 with a .766 OPS over 81 games and is worth a flier Tuesday.
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello allowed one unearned run on five hits, struck out six and walked none over seven innings Sunday against the Angels. | 07/27/2014 9:58 PM
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Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello allowed one unearned run on five hits, struck out six and walked none over seven innings Sunday against the Angels.
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Impact
After stranding less than 70 percent of his baserunners every year from 2010-13, Porcello has stranded a career-high 74.7 percent in 2014 and it has resulted in a career-low 3.24 ERA. He's gone 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP over his last eight starts and is tied with Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and teammate Max Scherzer for first in the AL with 12 wins.
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello allowed one unearned run on five hits, struck out six and walked none over seven innings Sunday against the Angels. | 07/27/2014 9:58 PM
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Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello allowed one unearned run on five hits, struck out six and walked none over seven innings Sunday against the Angels.
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Impact
After stranding less than 70 percent of his baserunners every year from 2010-13, Porcello has stranded a career-high 74.7 percent in 2014 and it has resulted in a career-low 3.24 ERA. He's gone 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP over his last eight starts and is tied with Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and teammate Max Scherzer for first in the AL with 12 wins.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is back in the lineup Friday after missing the past two games due to a quad injury. | 07/25/2014 7:29 PM
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is back in the lineup Friday after missing the past two games due to a quad injury.
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Impact
Martinez took a .346 average, 13 homers and 43 RBI over 188 at-bats into the All-Star break, but he's gone 3-for-20 (.150) since the break.
The Tigers have agreed to trade closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers for pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. | 07/23/2014 10:31 PM
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The Tigers have agreed to trade closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers for pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
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Impact
Tigers closer Joe Nathan has a 5.89 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP and five blown saves this season. It's unclear if Soria will take the closer job from him, but that would make sense. Soria has a 2.70 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and a 42/4 K/BB in 33 1/3 innings. Thompson and Knebel are both top-five prospects in Detroit's system, so this would be a steep price to give up if the Tigers plan to use Soria in the eighth inning.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez missed Wednesday's game due to a quad injury, according to mlive.com. | 07/23/2014 8:51 PM
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Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez missed Wednesday's game due to a quad injury, according to mlive.com.
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Impact
Martinez took a .346 average, 13 homers and 43 RBI over 188 at-bats into the All-Star break, but he's gone 3-for-20 (.150) since the break.
Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis went 3-for-5 with one RBI and one steal Wednesday against Arizona. | 07/23/2014 8:50 PM
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Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis went 3-for-5 with one RBI and one steal Wednesday against Arizona.
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Impact
Davis has raised his average from .274 to .301 since July 6. He has six home runs, 33 RBI, 38 runs and 25 steals in 269 at-bats this season.
Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson had yet another multi-hit game Wednesday against the Diamondbacks (2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R) | 07/23/2014 8:48 PM
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Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson had yet another multi-hit game Wednesday against the Diamondbacks (2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R)
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Impact
That makes six straight and nine in his past 10 games. Jackson has batted .382 with 10 doubles, two triples, one homer, nine RBI and 17 runs in his past 18 games.
Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez beat the Diamondbacks Wednesday, but he wasn't sharp. The right-hander gave up five runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings. | 07/23/2014 8:43 PM
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Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez beat the Diamondbacks Wednesday, but he wasn't sharp. The right-hander gave up five runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
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Impact
Sanchez has a 3.45 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP this season, but he's fanned just 81 batters in 107 innings. His 6.81 K/9 is down from 9.99 last season and 7.91 for his career.
Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Wednesday at Arizona. | 07/23/2014 8:41 PM
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Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Wednesday at Arizona.
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Impact
It was his first homer of July. Cabrera has batted .315 with 80 RBI and 61 runs this season, but he's on pace for 25 home runs, down from 44 in each of the past two years. It would be his lowest total since he hit 12 in 314 at-bats as a rookie.
Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly returned to form Sunday against the Indians after giving up 13 runs on 23 hits in his last 14 1/3 innings. | 07/20/2014 5:26 PM
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Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly returned to form Sunday against the Indians after giving up 13 runs on 23 hits in his last 14 1/3 innings.
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Impact
Smyly held Cleveland to one run on four hits and fanned six batters in seven innings to win his sixth game of the season. With a 3.80 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and 76 Ks in 94 2/3 innings, he's been a low-end fantasy option this year.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter has batted .373 with four home runs and 17 RBI in July. | 07/20/2014 5:24 PM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter has batted .373 with four home runs and 17 RBI in July.
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Impact
From May 7 to July 1, Hunter hit just .194 because he had a .195 BABIP. His luck has turned around lately. He went 1-for-3 with a homer, two RBI, a walk and two runs Sunday against Cleveland.
Smyly goes seven strong to defeat the Tribe | 07/20/2014 4:10 PM
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Drew Smyly fired seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Tigers' 5-1 defeat of the Indians.
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Impact
Smyly had a no-hitter going until the top of the fifth inning, when Yan Gomes smacked a double. The left-hander wound up allowing just four hits in all, striking out six and issuing only two walks. He will carry a solid 3.80 ERA into his next start on the road against the Angels.
Trevor Crowe released by Tigers | 07/20/2014 1:51 PM
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Tigers released OF Trevor Crowe.
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Impact
Crowe has been at Triple-A Toledo all season, batting just .240/.291/.349 over 66 games. The 30-year-old will now try to latch on elsewhere.
Tigers 2B prospect Travis with 3 hits in DH | 07/20/2014 12:16 PM
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Tigers second base prospect Devon Travis went 3-for-6 with a walk during a doubleheader for Double-A Erie on Saturday.
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Impact
After a late start to the season due to an injury and a slow start in April and May, Travis has hit .321/.386/.476 in June and July, smacking eight doubles, three triples, and four home runs. Travis is blocked by Ian Kinsler, but he could be a good piece for a trade to help the Tigers down the stretch.
Max Scherzer dealing with neck issue | 07/20/2014 9:35 AM
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Max Scherzer was nearly scratched from Saturday's start after his neck tightened up on him while he warmed up in the bullpen prior to the game.
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Impact
He wound up allowing two runs on six hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings against the Indians. Scherzer expects to be fine for his next outing. "I've got five days to take care of this," said Scherzer, who described it as a neck spasm. "This is just a one-day thing. We've got great trainers and we'll have a program for what I'm going to do over the next five days to take care of it."
Ausmus not considering replacing Nathan | 07/20/2014 9:31 AM
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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that he's "not near that point" to replace Joe Nathan at closer.
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Impact
Nathan on Saturday allowed a bases-clearing double, which was preceded by a double and two walks (one intentional). He's been scored upon in 10 of his last 20 appearances and holds a 9.00 ERA over that stretch. Yet, Ausmus is sticking by his veteran closer. "I'm sure there's a possibility I could reach a point sometime," he said. "I'm not near that point. I'll let you know when I am."
Tigers option RHP Drew VerHagen to Triple-A | 07/19/2014 11:28 PM
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Tigers optioned RHP Drew VerHagen to Triple-A Toledo.
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Impact
This move was expected. He will function as insurance in case any injuries come to the Tigers rotation.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter was not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup versus Cleveland and Corey Kluber, but is back in the lineup for the nightcap. | 07/19/2014 6:44 PM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter was not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup versus Cleveland and Corey Kluber, but is back in the lineup for the nightcap.
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Impact
Hunter's production is down a bit from last season, but he's still a reliable low-end fantasy option batting .271 with 12 HR, 53 RBI and a .744 OPS.
Tigers lose despite Cabrera's three hits | 07/19/2014 4:24 PM
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Miguel Cabrera had a nice day at the plate as the Tigers dropped the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
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Impact
He and Austin Jackson were the only two hitters in the Tigers order who could figure out Corey Kluber on this one, accounting for five of the team's seven total hits. With the three-hit effort, Cabrera is now hitting .313/.370/.538 on the season.
Austin Jackson has two hits in loss to Tribe | 07/19/2014 4:22 PM
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Austin Jackson went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the Tigers dropped the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians.
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Impact
Jackson got the Tigers on the board with an RBI single in the fifth inning, but they failed to generate much offense against Corey Kluber the remainder of the ballgame. He's hitting .322 (19-for-59) since moving to the leadoff spot in the Tigers lineup on July 1.
Drew VerHagen loses to Indians in MLB debut | 07/19/2014 4:18 PM
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Drew VerHagen was handed a loss in his big league debut on Saturday, surrendering three runs on five hits over five innings against the Indians.
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Impact
The rookie right-hander struck out four while walking three on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came in the fifth inning where he appeared to tire some. He'll head back to Triple-A Toledo where he'll function as insurance should any injuries strike the Tigers rotation.
Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup versus Cleveland and Corey Kluber. | 07/19/2014 11:27 AM
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Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup versus Cleveland and Corey Kluber.
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Impact
Hunter's production is down a bit from last season, but he's still a reliable low-end fantasy option batting .271 with 12 HR, 53 RBI and a .744 OPS.
Tigers release Ronny Paulino from Triple-A | 07/19/2014 11:11 AM
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Tigers released C Ronny Paulino.
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Impact
Paulino was expected to begin the season as the starting catcher at Triple-A Toledo, but was hit with a 100 game suspension for his second violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program. He'll attempt to latch on elsewhere on a minor league deal.
Torii Hunter not in Tigers lineup for Game 1 | 07/19/2014 10:36 AM
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Torii Hunter is not in the Tigers starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians.
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Impact
The 39-year-old outfielder will undoubtedly be back in there for the nightcap. Rajai Davis is starting in left field, with J.D. Martinez shifting over to right.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is just 1-for-9 against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber. | 07/19/2014 10:19 AM
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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is just 1-for-9 against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
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Impact
Kinsler has two five-game hitting streaks this month, but is hitless in the last two games and doesn't have a good matchup here.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez (back) went 2-for-4 in his first day back from injury. | 07/19/2014 10:13 AM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez (back) went 2-for-4 in his first day back from injury.
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Impact
Martinez had a hard time shaking a back injury prior to the All-Star break and missed 11 of the past 13 games, but appeared to be healthy. He's batting .330 with 21 HR, 55 RBI and a .990 OPS.
Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera is 12-for-24 with three homers and a 1.455 OPS versus Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber. | 07/19/2014 10:08 AM
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Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera is 12-for-24 with three homers and a 1.455 OPS versus Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
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Impact
Cabrera is hitting .308 with 34 doubles, 14 homers, 75 RBI and an .899 OPS this season, but has struggled of late batting just .267 with an .817 OPS over the past four weeks. We expect more for him. We could get it on Saturday.
Drew VerHagen to make MLB debut on Saturday | 07/19/2014 9:48 AM
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Tigers purchased the contract of RHP Drew VerHagen from Triple-A Toledo.
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Impact
The 23-year-old right-hander will make his major league debut on Saturday, starting the first game of a doubleheader against the Indians. In 19 starts at Toledo this season, he owns a 3.67 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 63/25 K/BB ratio over 110 1/3 innings. He isn't worth looking at as a streaming option.
Tigers transfer Joel Hanrahan to 60-day DL | 07/19/2014 9:46 AM
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Tigers transferred RHP Joel Hanrahan to the 60-day disabled list.
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Impact
This was merely done as a procedural move to clear a roster spot for Drew VerHagen who is making his major league debut with Saturday's start against the Indians. Hanrahan has begun to make progress toward a return, but isn't expected to join the Tigers bullpen until some point in August.
Tigers recall Corey Knebel from Triple-A | 07/19/2014 9:44 AM
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Tigers recalled RHP Corey Knebel from Triple-A Toledo.
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Impact
While he has struggled in his brief time with the Tigers this season, the first-round selection from last June's draft owns a terrific 1.62 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 43/17 K/BB ratio over 33 1/3 minor league innings this season.
Tigers option Chad Smith to Triple-A Toledo | 07/19/2014 9:41 AM
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Tigers optioned RHP Chad Smith to Triple-A Toledo.
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Impact
With the Tigers bullpen taxed during Friday's series-opening loss to the Indians, and a doubleheader on tap for Saturday, the Tigers needed a fresh bullpen arm and Smith was the odd-man out. The 24-year-old has compiled a 5.40 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 9/3 K/BB ratio in his 11 2/3 innings at the big league level.
Victor Martinez has two hits in return Friday | 07/18/2014 11:49 PM
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Victor Martinez returned to the Tigers lineup without missing a beat on Friday, going 2-for-4 with a run scored in a losing effort against the Indians.
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Impact
V-Mart had been on the shelf since July 4 due to a variety of ailments including a strained oblique. The 35-year-old is enjoying a phenomenal season at the dish, slashing .330/.392/.598 with 21 homers and 55 RBI in his 91 games.
Rough seventh inning dooms Anibal Sanchez | 07/18/2014 11:46 PM
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Anibal Sanchez cruised through six innings unscathed against the Indians on Friday, but he was tagged for four runs without recording an out in the seventh inning en route to his fourth loss of the season.
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Impact
Sanchez punched out seven on the night while allowing six hits and a walk. Even with the loss, he sports a solid 3.22 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 77/26 K/BB ratio through his 100 2/3 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Wednesday when he takes on the Diamondbacks in Arizona.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez (back) is in the lineup Friday, according to Chris Iott of mlive.com. | 07/18/2014 5:16 PM
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez (back) is in the lineup Friday, according to Chris Iott of mlive.com.
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Impact
Martinez had a hard time shaking a back injury prior to the All-Star break and missed 11 of the past 13 games.
Victor Martinez back in Tigers' lineup Friday | 07/18/2014 3:38 PM
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Victor Martinez is back in the Tigers' lineup Friday.
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Impact
Martinez hasn't played since July 4 due to a strained oblique, but the Tigers waited it out and will get a couple extra games out of V-Mart than they would have had he been placed on the DL. V-Mart is sporting a robust .328/.391/.599 batting line with 21 homers and 55 RBI in 80 games this season.
Drew VerHagen to start during doubleheader | 07/17/2014 8:57 PM
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Tigers pitching prospect Drew VerHagen will be called up to start during Saturday's doubleheader versus the Indians.
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Impact
Ranked prior to the season by Baseball Prospectus as the team's No. 7 prospect, Verhagen has put up a 3.67 ERA and 63/26 K/BB ratio over 110 1/3 innings at Triple-A Toledo in 2014. The 23-year-old is a sinkerballer who won't miss many bats, and the upside just isn't there to make him a worthy streaming candidate.
Dirks shut down due to muscle inflammation | 07/16/2014 7:27 PM
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Andy Dirks was recalled from his rehab assignment due to muscle inflammation in his lower back.
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Impact
The Tigers announced they had recalled Dirks from his assignment with High-A Lakeland, and the diagnosis is inflammation due to increased activity. It's obviously not a good sign that he's having back issues, as he's been rehabbing from March back surgery. He was on pace to return near the end of the month prior to being shut down, so there's no timetable with the new setback.
Tigers recall Dirks from rehab assignment | 07/16/2014 6:29 PM
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The Tigers recalled Andy Dirks from his rehab assignment with High-A Lakeland on Wednesday.
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Impact
Dirks will remain on the disabled list despite being recalled, and MLB.com's Jason Beck thinks the move may just be a procedural one by the organization to buy Dirks an extra day of rehab. Injured players get a maximum of 20 days of rehabilitation before a move is required, and with Triple-A Toledo on break until Thursday, recalling Dirks before reassigning him to Triple-A on Thursday would allow them to save a day. The bottom line is, Dirks is still not ready for major league games, and he'll likely need the entire 20 days of rehab before being recalled to the big club.
No timetable for Joel Hanrahan (elbow) | 07/16/2014 11:15 AM
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Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said earlier this week that Joel Hanrahan (elbow) has "made progress, but I can't also say that he's close."
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Impact
Hanrahan is throwing bullpen sessions, but Dombromski said there's no timetable for when the reliever will face hitters and eventually go out on a rehabilitation assignment. "I really don't know what's going to happen with his situation," Dombrowski said. "He's throwing. He'll throw bullpens again this week, but I don't know if he's going to take off from here or I don't know if he'll stagnate from here. I don't really know."
Cabrera denies he still feels groin injury | 07/16/2014 9:52 AM
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Miguel Cabrera has denied a story from USA Today in which he was quoted as saying in Spanish that his surgically-repaired groin still bothers him on occasion.
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Impact
"There are times when I feel good, but there are always muscles that are tightening, muscles that are not functioning properly,'" Cabrera told USA Today. "It's part of the process. The same thing is happening to Justin Verlander, but the difference is he pitches every five days, so you don't see it as frequently." Cabrera also added that he thinks the groin ailment has "affected me quite a bit, like last year, when in the last month I wasn't using my bottom half, my feet and the waist area." When asked Tuesday by the Detroit News about the story, Cabrera said he "didn't say that." It's possible Cabrera was miquoted by USA Today, but it's also hard to believe that he didn't admit that the groin is still at least a bit of an issue. Cabrera is hitting a terrific .306/.364/.534, though it's well off his .337/.425/.612 line from over the previous four seasons. He's also on pace for just 25 home runs.
Max Scherzer picks up win for AL | 07/15/2014 11:58 PM
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Max Scherzer was credited with the victory in Tuesday's All-Star Game after striking out a pair in a scoreless inning.
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Impact
After starting last year's All-Star Game, Scherzer picked up the win a year later. He just happened to enter the game at the right time, as his scoreless fifth inning started a string of seven straight scoreless appearances for AL relievers. Chris Sale, who was credited the win in last year's Midsummer Classic, was one of two AL pitchers to be scored upon.
Robbie Ray expected to start on Saturday | 07/13/2014 8:14 PM
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Robbie Ray is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Toledo to start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians.
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Impact
Ray has appeared in four games with the Tigers this season (three starts), posting a 4.70 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 9/6 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 innings. He makes for an interesting streaming option against an Indians squad that has had their difficulties against left-handed pitching.
Martinez enjoys another three-hit day Sunday | 07/13/2014 6:29 PM
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J.D. Martinez racked up another multi-hit day on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with an RBI in a loss to the Royals.
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Impact
Martinez, who hasn't stopped hitting since being recalled by the Tigers, now has seven multi-hit games in July alone. The outfielder owns a .346/.380/.654 line through 55 games, and he should continue to be a strong fantasy option in the second half hitting in the middle of a potent Tigers offense.
Davis has three-hit game in loss to Royals | 07/13/2014 6:07 PM
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Rajai Davis went 3-for-3 with a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Royals.
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Impact
Davis has enjoyed the month of July thus far, going 14-for-32 (.438) with five RBI and six runs scored. The emergence of J.D. Martinez has complicated the playing time in the Tigers outfield, but Davis' .296/.338/.432 line and 24 steals should continue to get his bat in the lineup semi-regularly in the second half.
Verlander allows four runs in loss to Royals | 07/13/2014 5:59 PM
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Justin Verlander allowed four runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Royals on Sunday.
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Impact
Verlander struck out just three on the afternoon, walking one, in his first loss since June 16. Even with an 8-8 record, it's been a first half to forget for the former American League MVP. Verlander owns a 4.88 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through 20 starts, and the second half doesn't hold much more promise for the 31-year-old.
For the third time since June 27, Miguel Cabrera has gone three straight games without getting a hit. | 07/13/2014 5:23 PM
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For the third time since June 27, Miguel Cabrera has gone three straight games without getting a hit.
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Impact
Prior to June 27, he hadn't gone more than two games all season without getting a hit all season. In fact, he only went more than two games without getting a hit one time all of last season, and one of those games he exited with an injury before getting an at-bat. Despite the cold streak to end the first half, Cabrera is hitting .306 with 34 doubles, 14 homers, 75 RBI and an .898 OPS this season.
Porcello tosses seven strong innings vs. KC | 07/12/2014 10:26 PM
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Rick Porcello fired seven innings of one-run ball Saturday in the Tigers' 5-1 defeat of the Royals.
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Impact
It was a terrific bounceback pefromance from Porcello, who was shelled for seven runs on 11 hits last Sunday by the Rays. Porcello scattered six hits Saturday in Kansas City and struck out three. He'll wrap up the first half with a 12-5 record, 3.39 ERA, and 1.18 WHIP.
Victor Martinez (oblique) expected back Fri. | 07/12/2014 4:16 PM
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Victor Martinez (oblique) is expected to return to the Tigers' starting lineup on Friday.
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Impact
Martinez has been sidelined with an oblique injury since July 4. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the designated hitter is doing better and should be ready to go for the club's first game after the All-Star break.
Austin Jackson has three hits to lead Tigers | 07/11/2014 11:21 PM
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Austin Jackson went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored, leading the Tigers to a 2-1 victory over the Royals in Kansas City on Friday.
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Impact
Jackson got the Tigers offense started quickly, leading the game off with a double and quickly coming around to score on an RBI single by Ian Kinsler. He appears to be much more comfortable at the plate since moving back to his customary leadoff spot in the order. With the three-hit attack, he's now hitting .251/.314/.368 with three homers and 24 RBI on the season.
Joe Nathan slams door on Royals in ninth | 07/11/2014 11:18 PM
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Joe Nathan slammed the door on the Royals in the ninth inning on Friday, preserving a one-run advantage and earning his 19th save of the season.
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Impact
The 39-year-old closer has pitched better of late, but still owns a troublesome 5.61 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 35/14 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings on the season. He isn't a good bet to magically turn his season around and improve his ratios, but should continue to be able to rack up saves at the back of the Tigers bullpen.
Anibal Sanchez pitches Tigers past Royals | 07/11/2014 11:15 PM
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Anibal Sanchez picked up his sixth victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Royals to just one run on eight hits over seven innings.
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Impact
Sanchez punched out three on the night and didn't walk a batter. The only damage against him on the night came in the first inning, where Salvador Perez cashed in Eric Hosmer with an RBI single. He'll head into the All-Star break with a terrific 3.04 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 70/25 K/BB ratio over his first 94 2/3 innings.
Ian Kinsler replaces V-Mart on All-Star squad | 07/11/2014 8:03 PM
News
Ian Kinsler has been named to the American League All-Star team as a replacement for the injured Victor Martinez.
Jon Morosi on Twitter

Impact
Martinez has been nursing side and back injuries that have kept him out of action for the last week, so he'll sit out the Mid-Summer Classic as well. He will be well represented by his Tigers' teammate who's having a terrific year, slashing .305/.339/.477 with 11 homers, 49 RBI and nine stolen bases.
Victor Martinez (oblique) feeling better | 07/11/2014 9:45 AM
News
Victor Martinez (oblique) said that the way he felt Thursday "is by far the best in a while."
Detroit News

Impact
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said that it's unlikely V-Mart returns before the All-Star break, but his improvement Thursday leaves the door open. Ultimately, the club figures to play it safe and rest their DH until next week.
Smyly backed by offense en route to 5th win | 07/11/2014 12:07 AM
News
Drew Smyly improved to 5-8, allowing four runs over 6 2/3 innings as the Tigers went on to defeat the Royals 16-4 on Thursday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Smyly has been mediocre over his last three starts, but he was backed by an offensive outburst on Thursday. The lefty allowed eight hits -- including home runs to Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler -- while walking one and striking out two. Smyly goes into the All-Star break with a 4.00 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a 70/28 K/BB ratio.
Martinez drives in 3 runs as Tigers win | 07/10/2014 11:57 PM
News
J.D. Martinez finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and three runs batted in as the Tigers routed the Royals on Thursday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Martinez has hit safely in all nine July games thus far. He drove in a run with a single in the fifth inning, another run with a double in the seventh, and hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth. The outfielder is having a break-out season, slashing .335/.373/.648 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI.
Cabrera gets on base 4 times with 3 RBI | 07/10/2014 11:55 PM
News
Miguel Cabrera doubled twice, walked twice, and drove in three runs as the Tigers skated to a victory against the Royals on Thursday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Cabrera knocked in a run with a first-inning ground out, then knocked in a pair with a double in the fourth inning. The first baseman continues to hit, sporting a .315/.376/.550 slash line with 14 home runs and 73 RBI on the season.
Hunter has another big game in rout of Royals | 07/10/2014 11:52 PM
News
Torii Hunter finished 3-for-6 with two RBI singles and a solo home run as the Tigers walked all over the Royals in a win on Thursday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Hunter has turned his season around with a hot start to July. Thursday's three-hit performance marked his sixth multi-hit game in nine games this month. The outfielder now has 12 home runs, 52 RBI, and a .276/.298/.455 slash line.
V-Mart (side) out again Thursday | 07/10/2014 4:28 PM
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Victor Martinez (side) is out of the Tigers' lineup again Thursday.
Jason Beck on Twitter

Impact
V-Mart hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side. He appears unlikely to play again before the All-Star break.
Scherzer out-duels Greinke, posts 11th win | 07/09/2014 4:13 PM
News
Max Scherzer struck out seven while tossing seven frames of one-run ball in Wednesday's 4-1 victory over the Dodgers.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He permitted just four his and walked a pair. The only tally the Dodgers were able to get off of Scherzer was an unlikely one, as Miguel Rojas jumped on a high fastball in the fifth inning for his first career home run. Scherzer has been dynamite since his 10-run meltdown against the Royals last month, allowing just five runs over his last four starts. He finishes the first half with a 3.35 ERA with 146 strikeouts over 126 1/3 innings.
Joe Nathan nails down 18th save | 07/09/2014 4:08 PM
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Joe Nathan struck out two over a perfect inning to convert his 18th save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
It was a painless ninth inning, as Nathan entered to protect a three-run lead and got Hanley Ramirez to ground out and Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp to go down swinging. Nathan has converted three straight save chances, but it's certainly been a shaky year overall with a 5.79 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and five blown saves.
Austin Jackson scores a pair of runs | 07/09/2014 4:02 PM
News
Austin Jackson doubled, tripled and scored a pair of runs in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Batting from the leadoff spot for the eighth time in the last 10 games, Jackson tripled and scored in the first before doubling and scoring in the eighth. The move up to the leadoff spot would obviously be nice for his fantasy value, but he's likely to move back down in the order when Victor Martinez (side) returns.
V-Mart (side) won't play before AS break | 07/09/2014 12:47 PM
News
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Wednesday that Victor Martinez (side) is likely to sit out the remainder of the first half.
Lynn Henning on Twitter

Impact
Martinez hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side. The Tigers are hoping with a full two weeks off that he'll be ready to go immediately after the All-Star break. That means that V-Mart is likely to be replaced on the American League All-Star roster.
Miguel Cabrera getting a breather Wednesday | 07/09/2014 9:55 AM
News
Miguel Cabrera is not in the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.
Chris Iott on Twitter

Impact
It's just a day off for the slugger. Don Kelly is getting the start at first base Wednesday in Cabrera's place.
Victor Martinez (side) still out Wednesday | 07/09/2014 9:53 AM
News
Victor Martinez (side) remained out of the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.
Chris Iott on Twitter

Impact
The Tigers are likely to hold Martinez out until the All-Star break at this point, hoping he'll be ready immediately at the start of the second half. He hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side.
Verlander gifted 8th win due to Tiger offense | 07/08/2014 11:18 PM
News
Justin Verlander allowed five runs over six innings, but went home with a win as the Tigers demolished the Dodgers by a 14-5 margin on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Verlander surrendered five runs in the first inning in what seemed like a guaranteed loss, but the Tigers pounded out five runs in the second inning to tie the game, and went on to score nine more over the final six innings. Verlander yielded five hits and two walks while striking out four in the effort. He'll carry an ugly 4.84 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 93/45 K/BB ratio to conclude the first half on Sunday against the Royals in Kansas City.
Hunter continues hot streak with 3 more hits | 07/08/2014 11:09 PM
News
Torii Hunter continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, two RBI, and two runs scored as the Tigers easily defeated the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
As the month of July began, there were whispers that Hunter should lose playing time due to his poor performance. He has responded to that by notching multiple hits in five of his last six games. His OPS, now at .747, has jumped up 64 points since July 1. On the season, Hunter owns a .274/.298/.448 slash line with 11 home runs and 48 RBI.
Martinez extends hitting streak to 7 games | 07/08/2014 11:06 PM
News
J.D. Martinez went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored in Tuesday's trampling of the Dodgers.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Martinez has hit safely in all seven July games thus far. He has swung the bat into regular playing time, as he has arguably been the Tigers' best hitter this season. Martinez owns a .328/.391/.599 slash line with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in only 183 plate appearances. Over a full season's worth of playing time (650 PA), that would put him on pace for 43 home runs and 135 RBI.
Cabrera busts out of slump with a 3-hit game | 07/08/2014 11:02 PM
News
Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and an RBI triple as the Tigers routed the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Cabrera had been held hitless over his last three games, but was right in the middle of the Tigers' dismantling of the Dodgers. The triple was his second of the season, making 2014 the first time he has had multiple triples since 2008. Though his numbers overall are down compared to his last two, he still owns an impressive .312/.370/.542 line with 14 home runs and 70 RBI. He is three RBI behind Nelson Cruz for the league lead.
Davis drives in 3 as Tigers bash the Dodgers | 07/08/2014 10:58 PM
News
Rajai Davis singled three times and knocked in three runs in four at-bats as the Tigers manhandled the Dodgers in a win on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Throw a dart at the Tigers' lineup to pick a standout star of the game, as everyone was hitting on Tuesday. They banged out 20 hits -- none of them home runs -- while scoring 14 runs against Dodgers pitching. Davis knocked in a pair of runs on two RBI singles, and notched his third RBI with a sacrifice fly. Davis has been an unlikely spark plug for the Tigers, slashing .286/.326/.420 with six home runs, 32 RBI, and 22 stolen bases.
Tigers haven't considered DL for V-Mart | 07/08/2014 7:29 PM
News
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that the topic of Victor Martinez (side) going on the disabled list has "been broached but it's not really been considered."
M-Live.com

Impact
The Tigers are trying to wait it out until the All-Star break, though they haven't ruled out V-Mart returning before then. If they make a retroactive DL move, Martinez wouldn't be eligible to return until the fourth game of the second half. J.D. Martinez is in the DH spot Tuesday.
Hanrahan (elbow) threw bullpen Saturday | 07/08/2014 4:58 PM
News
Joel Hanrahan (elbow) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday in Lakeland, Florida.
Jason Beck on Twitter

Impact
Hanrahan has been trying to build arm strength at the Tigers' spring training complex in Lakeland since agreeing to a one-year contract with the club in early May. The 32-year-old right-hander could become an option for Detroit's bullpen near the end of July.
Victor Martinez out of lineup again Tuesday | 07/08/2014 3:04 PM
News
Victor Martinez (side, back) is out of the Tigers' lineup again Tuesday.
Eric Stephen on Twitter

Impact
Martinez hasn't played since leaving Friday's game with back soreness. He has also dealt with an injury to his side in recent days, so we wouldn't count on much from him this week.
Andy Dirks (back) ready for rehab assignment | 07/08/2014 1:44 PM
News
Andy Dirks (back) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Lakewood.
Jason Beck on Twitter

Impact
Dirks has been sidelined all season following back surgery in March, but he's finally ready for game action. Barring any setbacks, he should join the Tigers shortly after the All-Star break.
Travis collects four hits | 07/07/2014 11:38 AM
News
Tigers prospect 2B Devon Travis went 4-for-6 with four singles on Sunday for Double-A Erie.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The 23-year-old was limited to only 17 games over the first two months of the season due to injury, but he's been a hitting machine since returning to action. In 32 games since the beginning of June, Travis is batting .320/.381/.488 with 12 extra-base hits (three homers), 27 runs scored, five steals and a 19-13 strikeout-to-walk ratio. On the season, the right-handed hitting second baseman owns a .289/.336/.442 batting line to go along with 18 extra-base hits (four homers), 23 RBI and seven stolen bases through 49 games. He's blocked at the major-league level by Ian Kinsler for the foreseeable future, though that also could make him intriguing trade bait with the July 31 deadline on the horizon.
J.D. Martinez leaves the yard again in loss | 07/06/2014 11:23 PM
News
J.D. Martinez homered for the second consecutive game, and 12th time of the year, in Sunday's loss to the Rays.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He victimized All-Star left-hander David Price in the ninth inning of this one. He has been out of this world at the plate since joining the Tigers, slashing .323/.360/.640 with the aforementioned 12 home runs and 38 RBI. Fantasy owners who bought in early are reaping serious rewards at the moment.
Rick Porcello hit hard in loss to Rays Sunday | 07/06/2014 11:22 PM
News
Rick Porcello was hit hard in Sunday's loss to the Rays, surrendering seven runs on 11 hits over his 5 2/3 innings of work.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Porcello walked one and struck out two on the night. Coming into the game after two consecutive shutouts, the Rays came out swinging as they put up three runs in the first inning and refused to let up on the gas. Up as part of the final vote for the 2014 All-Star game, Porcello will carry an 11-5 record, 3.61 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 64/25 K/BB ratio into his final start of the season's first half when he takes on the Royals in Kansas City on Friday.
Hunter blasts 11th homer in loss to Rays | 07/06/2014 11:22 PM
News
Torii Hunter tagged David Price with his 11th home run of the season on Sunday, but it wasn't enough for the Tigers to overcome the Rays.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The veteran outfielder also doubled in the ballgame, finishing 2-for-4. His solo shot in the seventh inning merely pulled the Tigers to within five runs at 7-2. He has been inconsistent at the plate this season, slashing .267/.290/.440 with 11 bombs and 46 RBI.
Ian Krol activated from disabled list | 07/06/2014 3:40 PM
News
Tigers activated LHP Ian Krol from the 15-day disabled list.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Tigers brought back Krol a day earlier than expected after Patrick McCoy (hamstring) went on the DL. The southpaw has put up a 4.32 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 25 relief innings this season.
Patrick McCoy (hamstring) lands on DL | 07/06/2014 3:38 PM
News
Tigers placed LHP Patrick McCoy on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
McCoy has allowed one run over five relief innings since being promoted last month. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined.
Anibal Sanchez surrenders seven earned | 07/05/2014 7:19 PM
News
Anibal Sanchez was knocked around for seven earned runs in 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Rays.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Sanchez was doing fine until the top of the fifth inning, when the Rays rattled off three runs. They then poured on four more in the top of the sixth. Sanchez watched his ERA jump from 2.63 to 3.18. He will try to bounce back next week against the Royals.
Victor Martinez could be out until break | 07/05/2014 2:29 PM
News
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that they're taking things day-to-day with Victor Martinez, but could shut him down until after the All-Star break if "push comes to shove".
Jason Beck on Twitter

Impact
Martinez has been an absolute force at the plate this season, slashing .328/.391/.599 with 21 homers and 55 RBI in 80 games. He has been dealing with injuries to his side and back in recent weeks, and was also hit by a pitch in his knee during Friday's game.
Victor Martinez not in Saturday's lineup | 07/05/2014 12:36 PM
News
Victor Martinez (back) is not in the Tigers starting lineup on Saturday.
Detroit Tigers PR on Twitter

Impact
It's not a surprise after Martinez was pulled from Friday's game with a back injury. He's likely to sit on Sunday as well before rejoining the Tigers starting lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers.
Tigers OF prospect Moya rips 2 more homers | 07/05/2014 10:17 AM
News
Tigers outfield prospect Steven Moya went 3-for-7 with a double and two home runs for Double-A Erie on Friday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Moya is hitting .265/.287/.543 with 23 doubles, two triples, and 20 home runs for the season. His power is legit, but he has an overly-aggressive approach at the plate, and fails to make consistent contact, as is shown by his 94 strikeouts in 328 plate appearances (28.7 percent) and his nine walks (2.7 percent) for the season. He is currently leading the Double-A Eastern League in home runs, and could be in line for a promotion to Triple-A Toledo.
J.D. Martinez reaches three times in loss | 07/04/2014 11:25 PM
News
J.D. Martinez continued to swing a hot bat in Friday's loss to the Rays, going 2-for-3 with a double.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Martinez also walked in the contest, reaching in three of his four plate appearances. He has been a tremendous find for the Tigers to this point, slashing .327/.365/.622 with 10 homers and 36 RBI. While he can't continue at this pace, he's capable of being a passable outfield option in mixed leagues for the remainder of the season.
Drew Smyly hit hard in loss to Rays Friday | 07/04/2014 11:23 PM
News
Drew Smyly was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Rays, allowing five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Smyly punched out three while walking one on the evening. A pair of RBI doubles by Ben Zobrist and a solo homer by Evan Longoria provided most of the offense against him. He'll look to get back on track when he carries a 3.89 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into Thursday's tilt against the Royals in Kansas City.
Victor Martinez leaves Friday with sore back | 07/04/2014 10:13 PM
News
Victor Martinez was removed from the eighth inning of Friday's game against the Rays due to a sore back.
Detroit Tigers PR on Twitter

Impact
Martinez has been battling various ailments over the past week, forcing him to miss three games to start the week. He was also hit by a pitch in his knee during Friday's game, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him get a day to rest on Saturday.
Scherzer earns 10th win, holds Rays to 1 run | 07/03/2014 10:08 PM
News
Max Scherzer earned his 10th victory, holding the Rays to one run over eight innings as the Tigers skated to a win on Thursday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Tigers brought the lumber in support of the right-hander, giving him a 5-1 lead thanks to three first-inning home runs. Overall, he allowed just two hits, walked one, and struck out seven. Since allowing 10 runs to the Royals on June 17, Scherzer has been strong, allowing just four runs over 21 innings in his last three starts. On the season, Scherzer has a 3.47 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a 139/33 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Dodgers in a home start next week.
Hunter caps off three-homer first with a solo | 07/03/2014 10:02 PM
News
Torii Hunter hit the third of the Tigers' three first-inning home runs, going 2-for-4 overall, in Thursday's rout of the Rays.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Hunter joined Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez, taking Erik Bedard yard in the first inning. Hunter added an RBI single in the fourth as well. The veteran has shown life at the plate lately, logging three hits and three RBI on Wednesday, and now has his OPS back up over .700. He's slashing .260/.284/.426 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI.
Kinsler stays hot, homers in rout of the Rays | 07/03/2014 9:58 PM
News
Ian Kinsler slugged his 11th home run as the Tigers easily defeated the Rays on Thursday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Kinsler went deep in the first inning, one of three Erik Bedard allowed in the opening frame. The second baseman has been on a tear at the plate, now slashing .420/.463/.740 over his last 12 games. Overall, Kinsler is slashing .306/.342/.487 with the 11 home runs, 45 RBI, and nine stolen bases in what has been an All-Star-caliber season.
Martinez hits one of 3 first-inning Tiger HRs | 07/03/2014 9:54 PM
News
Victor Martinez slugged one of the Tigers' three home runs in the first inning, going 2-for-3 with a walk overall in Thursday's trampling of the Rays.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Erik Bedard didn't have much fun facing the Tigers. Ian Kinsler slugged a two run shot, Martinez followed up with a two-run shot of his own, and Torii Hunter polished off the inning with a solo blast. Martinez has been the Tigers' best hitter this season, which is quite an accomplishment considering who's at first base. The DH is slashing .327/.389/.600 with 21 home runs and 54 RBI.
Cabrera scores four runs as Tigers rout Rays | 07/03/2014 9:52 PM
News
Miguel Cabrera touched home plate four times, going 3-for-4 with a walk and two doubles as the Tigers routed the Rays on Thursday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Tigers slugged three home runs in the first inning. Cabrera, oddly, was not one of them, though he filled up the box score nonetheless. Though the power hasn't been there as often as it was last season, the first baseman is slashing an impressive .316/.374/.551 with 14 home runs and 67 RBI.
Victor Martinez returns to Tigers' lineup | 07/03/2014 5:18 PM
News
Victor Martinez is back in the Tigers' lineup Thursday.
Jason Beck on Twitter

Impact
Martinez missed the previous three games due to soreness in his rib cage area. It's an injury that can be aggravated easily, so hopefully V-Mart is past it. The designated hitter is sporting a .323/.384/.589 batting line with 20 homers and 52 RBI over 78 games this season.
Krol (shoulder) to begin rehab assignment | 07/03/2014 3:59 PM
News
Ian Krol (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Low-A West Michigan.
Jason Beck on Twitter

Impact
Krol will pitch there Friday and Sunday before presumably moving up to a higher level. The reliever has been on the disabled list since June 21 because of left shoulder inflammation. He's about a week away from activation.
Verlander settles in, Tigers sweep Athletics | 07/02/2014 4:22 PM
News
Justin Verlander limited the A's to two runs over six innings Wednesday in a 9-3 Tigers victory.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Verlander wasn't at his best -- yielding nine Oakland hits, including first-inning homers to Coco Crisp and Brandon Moss -- but he did a decent job pitching in and out of major threats as the Tigers pulled off a big three-game sweep. Verlander is 7-7 with a 4.71 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 116 2/3 innings this season. He'll get the Dodgers next.
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