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Detroit Tigers 

Miggy to receive GIBBY awards after 31st birthday

Taking Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos under his wing, Miguel Cabrera -- who is set to receive a pair of GIBBY Awards -- has shown the young Tiger the ropes at his former position.

Nathan records save; dead arm feels 'livelier'

When Joe Nathan talked about dead arm last week, he also talked about how quickly it can come back to life. That resuscitation seems to have started with his second save of the season on Thursday.

Ausmus stands by decision for Torii's sacrifice bunt

Brad Ausmus follows former manager Jim Leyland's adage that certain decisions may not be bad regardless of whether they work out, but he did take a second look at his choice to have Torii Hunter attempt to lay down a sac bunt in the eighth on Wednesday.

Slider-inclined Alburquerque improves on fastball

All the emphasis the Tigers placed on Al Alburquerque in Spring Training about throwing his fastball and locating it might have paid off. Detroit's slider-throwing reliever, known for swing-and-miss stuff but also missing the strike zone for stretches, threw a scoreless inning Wednesday night without a walk or a strikeout.

Veteran Gonzalez inconsistent at shortstop

Manager Brad Ausmus said Alex Gonzalez "has scuffled" occasionally on defense, and he expressed his desire to get backup Andrew Romine more playing time.

Kinsler's huge day leads Tigers over Tribe

Ian Kinsler continued his hot start with a three-run homer in a four-run fifth inning to propel Detroit to a 7-5 win on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park. Kinsler later added an RBI single.

Anibal recovers, but Tigers' bats remain cold

With Indians starter Zach McAllister allowing just three singles and a double over six quality innings, the Tigers were frozen out from the early innings, dropping a 3-2 decision to Cleveland on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

Safe call at first stands after Indians challenge

With the Tigers trailing the Indians 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth on Wednesday night at Comerica Park, Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler laid down a bunt and was called safe on a bang-bang play at first. After Indians manager Terry Francona's challenge and a video review, the umpires ruled that the play stands.

Smyly set for first 2014 start when Halos hit Motown

Detroit left-hander Drew Smyly is set to make his first start of the season in the series opener against the Angels on Friday. He'll be opposed by Angels righty Jered Weaver, who is looking for his first win of 2014.

Smyly set to face Angels in his first start of '14

Tigers lefty Drew Smyly's first start of the season is now set for Friday's series opener against the Angels.

Getting Avila hot is crucial for Tigers' lineup

Alex Avila remained in the seventh spot of the Tigers' lineup on Wednesday as he tries to work his way out of his rough start.

Hunter among Tigers proud to honor Jackie

After a one-day delay due to what right fielder Torii Hunter called a "snow day," Hunter and the Tigers prepared to honor the legacy of Jackie Robinson on Wednesday night against the Indians.

Miggy aims to get back to all-fields approach

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera said Wednesday he's feeling more comfortable with the adjustments he has been making to get back to his all-fields approach at the plate.

Ausmus, Francona have history with Tigers

The Tigers-Indians rivalry last year featured two close friends as managers in Jim Leyland and Terry Francona. The Tigers' new skipper, Brad Ausmus, also has a history with Francona.

Collins getting chance to shine with Tigers

Andy Dirks' back injury this spring opened the door for Tyler Collins, who is ranked as the Tigers' 17th-best prospect, to share playing time in left field on the big league club.

Across nation, baseball celebrates Jackie's legacy

The 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers was greeted with tributes, ceremonies, remembrances and hundreds of uniform No. 42s across baseball on Tuesday.

Weather causes Indians-Tigers game to be postponed

Tuesday's scheduled game between the Indians and Tigers at Comerica Park has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be rescheduled at a later date, but not during the current series, which is now scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Tigers forging ahead with setup crew by committee

While Joe Nathan answered more questions than he ever expected to encounter last Wednesday about dead arm, Al Alburquerque sat quietly with his live one in the relatively quiet visiting clubhouse of Dodger Stadium.

Scherzer remains winless after loss to Padres

Max Scherzer struck out 10, but he remains winless in 2014 after the Tigers' 5-1 loss to the Padres on Sunday at Petco Park.

Jackson handling lower spot in lineup

The first intentional walk to Miguel Cabrera this year preceded the latest clutch hit from Austin Jackson. But Tigers manager Brad Ausmus doesn't want to put any added pressure on his former leadoff hitter turned run producer.

Focusing on opposite field pays off for Miggy

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has always taken batting practice with an all-fields approach, trying to slash line drives to the opposite field before pulling the ball with authority. On Saturday, however, he took it to the extreme, powering one pitch after another to right.

Tigers move Verlander up to Thursday vs. Tribe

With Drew Smyly rejoining the rotation Wednesday against Cleveland, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus shuffled the rest of his pitching order, moving Justin Verlander up a day to pitch Thursday and pushing Rick Porcello back to Friday.

V-Mart an option to catch during AL play

The Tigers bid farewell to their early bout of Interleague Play by putting Victor Martinez behind the plate for the second time this week on Sunday. However, the return of the designated-hitter slot might not mean the end of Martinez's catching days.

Black's first challenge overturns call at second

Padres manager Bud Black lodged the first official replay request in club history in the eighth inning against the Tigers on Saturday -- sort of -- and happily stepped into the record books with a successful appeal that most likely saved a run.

Verlander ends hitless streak in first '14 win

While Justin Verlander broke out of a career-long slump with his first two Major League hits, his seven quality innings protected the lead he helped build, sending the Tigers to a 6-2 win over the Padres on Saturday night at Petco Park.

When hits dry up, Tigers turn to baserunning

Rajai Davis' going first to third on Friday night was the third time in two games that a Tigers hitter had done so with less than two outs without a ball put in play.

Tigers' Kelly OK after crash into outfield wall

Don Kelly was still available off the bench for Saturday night's game against the Padres after his crash into the wall Friday, but Torii Hunter's return to right field rendered moot any question of his being able to start.

Hunter returns to Tigers' lineup vs. Padres

Torii Hunter returned to the Tigers' lineup Saturday after missing the previous two games with a bruised left knee. Hunter's return brought a cascade effect down the rest of the lineup.

Castellanos back as Tigers rest Martinez

While Victor Martinez got a night off on Saturday, Nick Castellanos returned to his normal post at third base, with Miguel Cabrera back at first.

Tigers' offense shut down by brilliant Cashner

Brad Ausmus returned home to San Diego hoping to get in some surfing, but found the ocean to be too peaceful on the Tigers off-day. A day later, his Tigers' offense never quite found a wave to ride, either, held to one hit with 11 strikeouts against Padres ace Andrew Cashner in a 6-0 loss on Friday night at Petco Park.

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