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Detroit Tigers 

Tigers out to pad cushion before leaving Minnesota

Nursing a 1 1/2-game advantage over Kansas City, Detroit sure could use another victory to perhaps pad the cushion before traveling to Kauffman Stadium. David Price will try to get it. Kyle Gibson will try to prevent it.

Tigers' postseason push hits a snag vs. Twins

J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, but the Twins rallied with two runs in the bottom of the frame for a wild 4-3 victory over the Tigers at Target Field. The loss was frustrating but it could have been costlier, as the Royals were defeated by the White Sox later in the evening, keeping the Tigers 1 1/2 games up in the American League Central.

Scherzer a finalist for Marvin Miller Award

Max Scherzer is one of six finalists for this year's Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, an annual honor to recognize players who inspire with both their on-field performance and their contributions to their communities.

Verlander honored with Clemente nomination

For the second time in three years, Justin Verlander has been selected as the Tigers' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to the Major League player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

Anibal open to filling whatever role Tigers need

Anibal Sanchez threw a second mound session on Tuesday and felt fine, continuing his track toward a return next week. The role to which he'd return, he said, isn't up to him, but he's open to whatever the Tigers need.

Lightheadedness has Avila on the bench

Alex Avila was out of the lineup for a second consecutive game on Tuesday, and he's likely to remain so until at least Friday's series opener at Kansas City after the lightheadedness that bothered him on Sunday returned on Tuesday.

Back-to-back jacks in ninth keep Tigers on pace

Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back homers leading off the top of the ninth inning on Monday to bail out the bullpen, and the Tigers opened a three-game series with an 8-6 win over the Twins at Target Field.

Ausmus not committing to rotation vs. Royals

Brad Ausmus continues to hold off on announcing his starting pitchers for next weekend's showdown against the Royals. He insists, however, that it's not a matter of gamesmanship. "There's some moving parts right now," he said, "so we're not locked in."

Tigers exercising caution with Avila

As expected, Alex Avila was not behind the plate on Monday night after leaving Sunday's game with a headache and lightheadedness. He's still considered day to day.

Relief work may be in Anibal's future

Anibal Sanchez took a big step toward a return on Monday, when he threw a bullpen session. Whether he ends up in the bullpen of a potential postseason roster is an entirely different question, but Brad Ausmus is acknowledging the possibility.

Avila day to day, exits with lightheadedness

While the Tigers have momentum in the American League Central once again, they face lingering questions about whether they have their catcher. A week after Alex Avila returned from concussion symptoms, he left Sunday's 6-4 win over the Indians with what the team classified as lightheadedness.

Tigers win challenge on Kinsler's hit-by-pitch

The Tigers gained a two-out baserunner in the third inning of Sunday's series finale against the Indians on replay review, when Ian Kinsler was ruled to have been hit by a Trevor Bauer pitch.

As swing-and-miss stuff improves, so do Nathan's results

Tigers closer Joe Nathan's stats won't be pretty at the end of the year, but his improvement over the past month has given some stability to a situation that seemed untenable going into the stretch run.

Ausmus would rather avoid early small ball

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he actually isn't a fan of manufacturing offense early in a game, though it didn't look that way in Saturday night's 5-4 victory.

Lobstein's spot in rotation uncertain for final stretch

The Tigers may skip left-hander Kyle Lobstein in the rotation next week against the Royals, and the rookie may not get another chance to start in the regular season.

Two for three: another late homer gives Tigers sweep

For the second day in a row, a two-run go-ahead home run gave Detroit a clutch victory. On Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park, it was Ian Kinsler who played the hero, lifting the Tigers to a 6-4 win over the Indians to extend their division lead to 1 1/2 games.

Torii saves game with outstanding diving catch

Torii Hunter showed why he is still one of the best in the business, laying out in right field to prevent two potential runs from scoring in the top of the eighth inning before Alex Avila's homer gave the Tigers a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday night.

Romine's great play called an out after replay

The Tigers gained an eighth-inning out in a one-run game when a replay overturned what was initially ruled an infield single on shortstop Andrew Romine's terrific play.

Martinez on a tear after adding depth to offensive game

J.D. Martinez is getting fastballs to hit, and he's hitting them out, but the key that has turned Martinez's season from a brief flash of stardom to a career breakout has been his adjustments on everything else.

Humble Avila downplays terrific jumping catch

Not surprisingly, Tigers catcher Alex Avila didn't want to make a big deal out of his jumping catch at the screen on Friday night to get an out. He was, however, willing to have a little fun with it.

Sanchez encouraged, scheduled for mound work

Time is running out on Anibal Sanchez to rejoin the Tigers' pitching staff in time for the postseason, but he is feeling good about his recovery from a strained right pectoral muscle. Sanchez is on track to throw off of a mound on Monday.

Avila's clutch blast helps Tigers hold division lead

With Detroit down a run in the eighth, Alex Avila launched a two-run shot to take down Cleveland, 5-4, on Saturday night at Comerica Park. The Royals won as well, so the Tigers still hold a half-game lead in the AL Central.

Sore lower back still an issue for Coke

Though Phil Coke said Friday afternoon he felt improvement in his sore lower back, the slow, cautious steps he took on his way from the Tigers' clubhouse to the training room demonstrated he wasn't nearly back to normal.

Tickets for potential postseason games to go on sale

Tigers tickets for the potential American League Wild Card Game and AL Division Series games at Comerica Park will go on sale on Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET.

Moya, Kubitza take home Minor League Awards

Outfielder Steven Moya and pitcher Austin Kubitza were announced as the Tigers' Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.

Tigers take division lead behind J.D.'s huge night

With Friday's 7-2 win over the Indians, led by J.D. Martinez's four RBIs and David Price's brilliant start, the Tigers took a half-game lead in the American League Central.

Key connections: Star-Spangled Banner, baseball forever linked

The celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," is on, as Francis Scott Key's memory is honored for his poetic description of the "dawn's early light" of Sept. 14, 1814, at the height of the War of 1812. With that in mind, two centuries later, we go around the horn with nine things to know about the song that is now eternally connected to the Grand Old

Gritty Cabrera finding way to save best for last

The key to success at the plate, if you ask Wally Joyner, is the ability to transfer weight from back foot to front foot. Miguel Cabrera, battling bone spurs in his right ankle, has, for now, lost the luxury of deciding just how much weight to put on his back foot when he steps into the batter's box.

Tigers' bats silenced in Porcello's strong start

Rick Porcello logged 6 2/3 strong frames and Ian Kinsler provided sound defense, but it wasn't enough in the Tigers' 3-0 loss to the Royals on Wednesday night.

MLB announces Clemente Award nominees

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet announced on Tuesday the names of the 30 club nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, and fan voting will begin Wednesday, Roberto Clemente Day, to help decide who succeeds Carlos Beltran as the winner of the prestigious community honor handed out annually at the World Series.

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