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    • 10:08 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Rick Porcello pitches 3-hit shutout as Tigers win second straight over Rays

    Porcello walked none and struck out four in his first win since Aug. 2. He matched Miami’s Henderson Alvarez for the major league lead in shutouts.

    • 6:47 PM, Aug. 20, 2014
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    Tigers' Justin Verlander will return to action Saturday

    There can be no setbacks to a shoulder that continues to mend, but Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander said Wednesday he will end his hiatus and start one game of Saturday's day-night doubleheader against the Twins at Target Field.

    • 5:21 PM, Aug. 20, 2014
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    Wednesday's Tigers-Rays live tweets: Rick Porcello goes distance for shutout victory

    Tigers starter Rick Porcello held the Rays to three hits as Detroit won 6-0 Wednesday.

    • 2:29 PM, Aug. 20, 2014
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    Tigers reportedly a finalist to land Rusney Castillo, but he's not an immediate solution

    The Tigers are finalists in the Rusney Castillo sweepstakes, according to information posted Wednesday on Twitter by Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com.

    • 11:18 AM, Aug. 20, 2014
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    History shows Tigers way ahead on trading prospects

    Detroit — Good luck to Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson on their Rangers careers, and the same for Willy Adames on his new life in the Rays system.

    • 8:54 PM, Aug. 20, 2014
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    Tony Paul's MLB Insider: If Tigers win the AL Central, it won't because of Royals' inexperience

    It's amazing how many times I've heard from fans, readers and listeners this week that the Tigers would win the division because the Royals eventually would fade down the stretch.

    • 11:27 AM, Aug. 20, 2014
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    Former pitcher Curt Schilling blames chewing tobacco for mouth cancer

    Schilling discussed details of his cancer on WEEI-FM in Boston on Wednesday. He announced he had cancer in February, but had not disclosed what kind.

    • 2:08 AM, Aug. 20, 2014
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    Tigers reliever Jim Johnson wins marathon within a marathon

    Jim Johnson wondered if he was part of a showdown that began Tuesday and ended Wednesday. It was a marathon, all right. Thirteen pitches. One foul after another foul. One good sinker and breaking pitch followed by some more.

    • 1:47 AM, Aug. 20, 2014
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    Royals beat Rockies, remain two games up on Tigers

    Ned Yost never has a bad birthday, but a win helps make the occasion much more special. Omar Infante had three doubles and drove in four runs to help the streaking Kansas City Royals beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Tuesday night. It also brought a smile to Yost, who turned 60.

    • 12:02 AM, Aug. 20, 2014
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    Tigers fans have had their fill of Sloppy Joe

    What closer Joe Nathan does not understand is the fans want a World Series championship, and they've been chasing it longer in this town than he has.

    • 12:53 AM, Aug. 20, 2014
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    Video: Model Kate Upton, Tigers' Justin Verlander do Ice Bucket Challenge together

    Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and supermodel girlfriend Kate Upton became the latest celebrities to be doused in ice water to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

    • 12:08 AM, Aug. 20, 2014
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    Is Tigers' Miguel Cabrera having a bad year, or just an odd year?

    Miguel Cabrera is having a good, but unusual season for the Tigers. Instead of his normally great season. At the very least, he's been enigmatic.

    • 1:39 AM, Aug. 20, 2014
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    With a little luck and lot of perseverance, Tigers pull out a win

    This was no masterpiece, this 8-6, 11-inning victory the Tigers pulled out, which arrived after one of the evening's uglier innings, the 11th, when the Tigers turned a misplayed triple, two wild pitches, and four walks into three runs that got them home with an excruciatingly difficult victory.

    • 11:59 PM, Aug. 19, 2014
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    Tigers Mailbag: Royals breezy schedule should make Tigers' task more difficult

    Anything close to .500 the rest of the way isn't going to be nearly enough for the Tigers to claim a fourth consecutive American League Central championship, not with the way the Royals are playing — or figure to keep playing, given the cupcake schedule they have down the home stretch.

    • 12:07 AM, Aug. 20, 2014
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    Meltdowns in almost all areas of the game push Tigers outside of playoff picture

    As baseball's tell-tale numbers and schedule realities go, some will wonder if the Tigers will buck trends that have been making their July-August ways a ...

    • 11:58 PM, Aug. 19, 2014
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    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus can feel the heat, but he won't buckle

    He speaks generally, without offering any specific triumphs or failures, minus any deep self-critiques, which was at the heart of a conversation Tigers manager ...

    • 1:00 AM, Aug. 20, 2014
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    Tigers notebook: So far so good on Justin Verlander's shoulder, he could start for Tigers on Saturday

    Justin Verlander gave himself a gold star for Tuesday's first test since he left the rotation last week with a shoulder ailment. It's how he grades out ...

    • 3:39 PM, Aug. 19, 2014
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    Tuesday's Tigers-Rays: Tigers rally in middle innings, are even with Rays in sixth

    The Tigers are coming off a series loss to the Mariners. Follow the game with live tweets from our Tigers team.

    • 11:54 PM, Aug. 18, 2014
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    Tigers' final 40 games to put Brad Ausmus to the test

    The Tigers have played sub-.500 ball since the All-Star break. When they hit they cannot pitch. When they pitch they cannot hit. Sometimes they can do neither. ...

    • 12:25 AM, Aug. 19, 2014
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    Royals beat Twins, lead over Tigers is two games

    Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to ...

    • 11:56 PM, Aug. 18, 2014
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    Andy Dirks' return hits another roadblock; hamstring sidelines Tigers outfielder

    The rehabilitation of outfielder Andy Dirks has hit yet another snag. He has been shut down for the third time in the last month, again because of a tight ...

    • 11:55 PM, Aug. 18, 2014
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    Listless bats threaten to sink Tigers' season

    They're no longer in first, no longer even in a wild-card playoff spot, no longer the self-assured team we saw early in the season. The Tigers slogged through ...

    • 12:40 AM, Aug. 19, 2014
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    Tigers' David Price excited to see old friends, pitch against old teammates

    David Price has one more thing to check off before he's officially settled in with the Tigers. He's made his first start with his new team and he's made his ...

    • 10:11 PM, Aug. 17, 2014
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    Middle infielder Domingo Leyba making an impression at Class A West Michigan

    You could hear hearts cracking at Comstock Park last month when a kid infielder with as much personal goodness as baseball skill was suddenly uprooted and ...

    • 7:34 AM, Aug. 18, 2014
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    Tigers minor league report: James McCann still hitting ahead of September call-up

    Who's hot … James McCann, C: Good hitting apparently is a permanent state for McCann, at least while he works at Triple A, which won't be for much longer. He ...

    • 6:40 PM, Aug. 17, 2014
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    Tigers sloppy in field, sleepy at plate in loss to Mariners

    Listless and sloppy, the Tigers were beaten Sunday by the Mariners, losing two of three to a team they now chase for the second wild-card spot in the American ...

    • 7:31 PM, Aug. 17, 2014
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    Tigers hope Jim Johnson can bolster bullpen, despite struggles in debut

    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated before Sunday's game that with veteran Jim Johnson now on board and Joakim Soria (oblique strain) due back next Sunday, ...

    • 2:28 PM, Aug. 17, 2014
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    Joe Nathan desperate to move past flap, and Tigers fans should let him

    This response was acceptable. This apology was deeper and stronger than the last. This was the first step Joe Nathan had to take, to have a chance to take a ...

    • 8:35 PM, Aug. 17, 2014
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    Mariners' Lloyd McClendon goes 2-for-2 on getting tossed

    On Saturday night, when Randazzo worked behind the plate, McClendon was tossed for arguing balls and strikes. On Sunday, with Randazzo at third base, he was ...

    • 11:59 PM, Aug. 17, 2014
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    Royals romp over Twins, extend lead to 1 1/2 games over Tigers in AL Central

    Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Josh Willingham homered, and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 12-6 on Sunday for their 20th win in their last 25 games.

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