David Price could not have pitched much better on Thursday afternoon in his return to Tampa Bay for the first time since the Rays traded him to the Tigers. But not every story has a perfect ending.
What happened Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field might have been a best-case scenario for the Rays and their fans: David Price, their former ace, pitched an incredible game, but Tampa Bay still won.
David Price logged eight strong innings in his first matchup against the Rays, but the Tigers' bats were silent in a 1-0 loss on Thursday at Tropicana Field.
Miguel Cabrera served as the Tigers' designated hitter on Thursday after tweaking his right left ankle while running the bases during Wednesday night's win over the Rays.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander strode into Brad Ausmus' office, high-fived his manager and walked out without a word. Translation: Verlander's bullpen session on Thursday went well and he's on target to start one half of Saturday's doubleheader at Target Field.
Former Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly would have been in line to face David Price on Thursday, according to rest, but he was OK with having the series off at Tropicana Field.
Robbie Ray and the Tigers will continue their playoff push against Tommy Milone and the Twins in Friday's series opener at Target Field.
The Tigers will recall right-handed pitcher Buck Farmer from Triple-A Toledo to start one half of their doubleheader on Saturday against the Twins, manager Brad Ausmus said on Wednesday.
Reliever Joakim Soria, who experienced soreness in the strained left oblique that landed him on the 15-day disabled list after a throwing session on Tuesday, said on Wednesday that the soreness was not a setback to his recovery.
Rick Porcello was brilliant in a three-hit shutout, while Victor Martinez paced the offense with a grand slam and five RBIs for the Tigers in a 6-0 win over the Rays on Wednesday night.
Instant replay smiled on the Tigers in their series opener against the Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. First, a crew chief review overturned a Tampa Bay home run, and later, manager Brad Ausmus' successful challenge overturned a catch that gave Miguel Cabrera an RBI single.
The Rays honored former ace David Price with a video presentation and a standing ovation during the second inning of Tuesday's game against the Tigers. The left-hander admitted he's not excited about facing the players he shared a clubhouse with three weeks ago.
Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks, who had just restarted his rehab from back surgery after a left hamstring strain, re-injured the hamstring and was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday, manager Brad Ausmus said before the series opener against the Rays.
Max Scherzer settled in after yielding four early runs, but it was a bases-loaded walk by Victor Martinez in the 11th inning that helped the Tigers earn an 8-6 win over the Rays on Tuesday night.
The A's and Tigers, it seemed, were destined to win their divisions and destined to ride their elite rotations to the best records in the league and another October showdown after the clubs made major trades before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
The question has come up a couple times to Max Scherzer, whose American League Cy Young Award-winning season last year was downright dominant. And when he threw eight shutout innings and had a season-high 14 strikeouts on Thursday, the question came up again. After going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts last year, is Scherzer actually better this year?
Rajai Davis tried to create a spark for the struggling Tigers' offense Sunday, and he injured himself as a result. He created a couple pieces of statistical history, but no offense. Davis left Sunday's 8-1 loss to the Mariners after six innings with a bruised left thumb suffered on his third stolen base of the game and his 30th of the year.
Joe Nathan was going to have to get back on the mound and face the boos at Comerica Park eventually. David Price's home debut as a Tiger Saturday night, with a three-run lead, seemed like as good a time as any.
Jim Johnson said he isn't sure why things went awry during his four months in Oakland, but he's clearly ready for a fresh start. He's hoping the work he put in at Triple-A Toledo gives him a good shot at it in Detroit.
Seattle chased left-hander Robbie Ray after five innings with four runs allowed and three Tigers errors led to four unearned runs in an 8-1 loss to the Mariners Sunday.
Two weeks after being released by Oakland, Jim Johnson is headed back to the big leagues. The Tigers announced they will call up the former O's and A's closer from Triple-A Toledo and put him in their bullpen Sunday, trying to add a veteran arm to a late-inning staff that has had its struggles.
Once upon a time this season, Melvin Mercedes looked like he was being put on a fast track to the big leagues. Then his struggles at Triple-A Toledo seemingly had him destined to spend the year at the back of the Mud Hens' bullpen. Now, he has two scoreless Major League innings on his record.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus appears to have drawn a line against critiquing individual hitters when talking about his lineup's offensive struggles. They'll hit as a team, or they'll struggle as a team.
While David Price cooled off the red-hot Mariners with eight innings of three-hit ball for his first win as a Tiger, Felix Hernandez lasted just five innings with two runs allowed before the Tigers added on against Seattle's bullpen for a 4-2 victory Saturday night.
A Miguel Cabrera bobblehead giveaway Friday honoring his back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards took on an unintended collectible status when the bobblehead depicted Cabrera holding two National League MVP awards.
Torii Hunter was ruled out after a review on a groundout in the fourth inning of Friday night's game against Seattle at Comerica Park.
Highly-prized Cuban center fielder Rusney Castillo is expected to sort through offers from interested teams this weekend and narrow the field to a group of finalists next week. He's expected to have an offer from the Tigers -- and likely a serious one -- to consider.
J.D. Martinez was batting just .181 (13-for-72) since the All-Star break until this week. He entered Friday's series opener against Seattle with a 5-for-14 stretch over his last four games, including a go-ahead solo homer Thursday for just his third home run of the season's second half.
For the first time, Austin Jackson veered right toward the visitors' clubhouse, instead of left toward the Tigers' headquarters, when he reached the bowels of Comerica Park on Friday.
If the playoffs began now, the Tigers wouldn't be in them. Friday's 7-2 loss to the Mariners knocked the Tigers 1 1/2 games behind the Royals in the AL Central and one-half game behind Seattle for the second Wild Card spot.