The Angels' Tyler Skaggs and the Tigers' Drew Smyly will face off in Anaheim on Friday night in a matchup of young left-handers and a possible postseason preview.
The Tigers got behind an 11-strikeout performance from Max Scherzer in a 6-4 win on Thursday night at Angel Stadium in a potential American League postseason preview.
Joakim Soria, who was acquired by the Tigers on Wednesday, had filled the closer's role in Texas, but he'll see the majority of his action in the seventh inning in Detroit, and that's fine with the veteran reliever.
Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski asked former Texas teammates Ian Kinsler and Joe Nathan for their thoughts on Joakim Soria while he was weighing trade options and got rave reviews on the veteran reliever who was acquired by Detroit on Wednesday.
Joel Hanrahan signed with the Tigers in May, less than a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and team president/GM Dave Dombrowski said Thursday the club isn't counting on the veteran right-hander to return the big leagues this year.
Two-time All-Star closer Joakim Soria has been traded from the Rangers to the Tigers in exchange for pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel, sources confirmed to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan late Wednesday night.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus won a challenge in the fourth inning of the club's game against the D-backs on Wednesday afternoon, and it helped Detroit blow the game open.
The southern Arizona town of Tucson doesn't have a Major League franchise, so the D-backs are as close to a "hometown" team as it gets for Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler.
Outfielder J.D. Martinez was out of the lineup for the rubber game against the D-backs on Wednesday due to an upper quad injury, manager Brad Ausmus said. Martinez felt the injury after hitting a single in the top of the eighth inning of Tuesday's game.
Propelled by a five-run fourth and a four-run eighth, Detroit beat down Arizona at Chase Field.
The MLB Players Alumni Association announced utility player Don Kelly as the Tigers' 2014 Heart and Hustle Award winner on Tuesday. The honor, given out to a member of each team, rewards players who show passion for baseball and who the association believes best displays the values, spirit and tradition of baseball.
Brad Ausmus is no stranger to soon-to-be Hall of Famer Tony La Russa. The current Tigers manager and former A's and Cardinals skipper saw each other plenty of times from opposing dugouts while La Russa still ran the Cardinals and Ausmus was playing for the division-rival Astros.
After making his Major League debut in a spot start for the Tigers on Saturday, Drew VerHagen was placed on Triple-A Toledo's disabled list on Tuesday with what is being called a lower back strain.
Pitching to Miguel Cabrera with the game on the line usually is not a great decision. It certainly didn't pay off for the D-backs on Monday, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wasn't surprised by the move.
The Tigers were unable to clinch their series with the D-backs in the second game of the Interleague set at Chase Field, falling 5-4 on Tuesday night. After Torii Hunter's two-run hit gave Detroit the lead in the eighth, Arizona rallied off four relievers.
The Tigers and D-backs each came up on the wrong end of reviews in the seventh inning of Detroit's 4-3 victory at Chase Field on Monday.
Left-hander Kevin Ziomek, the Tigers' No. 12 prospect, threw seven scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters Monday, as Class A West Michigan defeated Burlington, 2-0.
Despite being traded in the three-team deal that sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees, Max Scherzer doesn't hold any grudges toward the D-backs. Since he was dealt to the Tigers, he has blossomed from a prospect into a bona fide Major League ace.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson still considers himself a Tigers fan. Except, of course, for this week when his team plays host to them. Gibson, a Michigan native, was drafted by the Tigers and played for them from 1979-1987 and from 1993-95.
The Tigers pulled out a 4-3 win in the series opener against the D-backs on Monday at Chase Field, winning their second straight after a four-game losing streak. Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson homered before Miguel Cabrera tallied the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh to give Justin Verlander his ninth victory.
By now, in his 14th big league season, Joe Nathan has accepted the fact that the closer is an easy scapegoat on any baseball team.
Drew Smyly didn't allow a hit until the fifth and Torii Hunter went deep as the Tigers snapped a four-game skid with a 5-1 win over the Indians on Sunday at Comerica Park.
Victor Martinez, likely the MVP of the Tigers' first half, had just two hits in 12 at-bats over his first three games after the All-Star break.
A day after his right ankle prevented him from pitching the ninth inning, Joba Chamberlain showed no ill effects in a scoreless eighth on Sunday.
After making his Major League debut Saturday in Game 1 of the Tigers' doubleheader vs. the Indians, Drew VerHagen was optioned back to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.
Saturday, in the nightcap of a doubleheader, the Indians swept the day on the wings of Carlos Santana's ninth-inning three-run double off Joe Nathan. The clutch hit gave the Tribe a 5-2 win.
Drew VerHagen cruised early in his Major League debut but was undone by a three-run fifth in Game 1 of Saturday's twin bill, as the Tigers lost to the Indians, 6-2, at Comerica Park.
Torii Hunter knocked key hits in the first two games of the Tigers' Interleague series with the D-backs, but manager Brad Ausmus gave him a day off for the finale to help keep the veteran outfielder healthy.
American League aces will square off as two teams with pennant hopes -- the Tigers and Angels -- meet for four games in Anaheim beginning Thursday. Detroit starter Max Scherzer said he doesn't approach the outing any differently, even though he's up against Garrett Richards, who is in the midst of a breakout season.
Slugger Miguel Cabrera will get a small taste of the past during this week's Interleague series in Arizona. In order to get Victor Martinez, who usually is slotted in at DH, into the lineup, Brad Ausmus moved Cabrera to third base on Monday so Martinez could play first.