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    • 11:55 PM, Jul. 24, 2014

    It's still up to Brad Ausmus to figure out Tigers' new bullpen mix

    It's about the present, obviously. But also about the presence. And by trading for Rangers closer Joakim Soria, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has given his rookie manager a little or maybe a lot of both.

    • 10:11 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    Newest Tiger Joakim Soria insists he isn't picky about his role

    Soria almost certainly will help, if he does not in fact prove to be something of a messiah for the Tigers relief corps, thanks to these numbers from Soria's 35 games with the Rangers this season: 33.1 innings, 42 strikeouts, and a low four walks.

    • 11:07 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    Joakim Soria came to Tigers with strong character references

    Joe Nathan, who had worked with Soria during their days with the Rangers, testified to the general citizenship Soria is reputed to bring to a big league team, a sentiment shared by Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.

    • 10:56 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    Thursday's Tigers-Angels live tweets: Detroit takes lead with big sixth inning

    Thursday marks the start of a four-game series against the powerful Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Follow the game with live tweets from our Tigers team:

    • 7:37 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    Joakim Soria is great start, but Tigers need more before trade deadline

    Dave Dombrowski knew he had to get a guy who could close, should Joe Nathan fail to bounce back to his All-Star form. And that's what the Tigers have found in Soria, the former All-Star closer in K.C.

    • 7:35 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski after trade: Improving bullpen still 'a major focus'

    Are the Tigers done trading? They don't want to be. They know what their weakness is. Even with the newly acquired Joakim Soria, it's the bullpen.

    • 10:07 AM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    Tigers did deal for Joakim Soria that needed to get done

    Frankly, the Tigers could've traded all their prospects plus the Ty Cobb statue in Comerica Park to land Joakim Soria and you wouldn't complain.

    • 7:59 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    'Highly unlikely' Joel Hanrahan will pitch for Tigers this season

    He had Tommy John surgery last year, and seemed well on his way to a comeback when the Tigers signed him in May beating out several other interested clubs in the process.

    • 7:54 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    What they're saying: Reactions to the Tigers' trade for Joakim Soria

    Here's a look at what people around the country are saying in the wake of Wednesday night's trade that brought Soria, who can be a closer or setup man, to the Tigers from the Rangers.

    • 2:15 AM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    With Joakim Soria trade, Tigers should ask why they couldn't solve crisis from within

    Most teams do a better job of at least bringing to their big-league teams a farm arm or two who can be counted on to help in the late innings and not force a general manager into an 11th-hour shopping spree when a shutdown relief pitcher is needed.

    • 12:41 AM, Jul. 24, 2014
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    Deal for Joakim Soria spells relief for battered Tigers 'pen

    The Tigers have acquired right-handed reliever Joakim Soria from Rangers in exchange for right-handed reliever Corey Knebel and minor-league right-handed Jake Thompson.

    • 8:25 PM, Jul. 23, 2014
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    MLB Insider: Tigers should win another AL Central, but there are potential land mines

    I just would caution Tigers fans from being quite so cocky. It's not exactly a given that the Tigers are playoff-bound.

    • 8:54 PM, Jul. 23, 2014
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    Miguel Cabrera 3-run blast puts venom in Tigers' win over D-backs

    They got 13 hits Wednesday at Chase Field and beat the Diamondbacks, 11-5, with Miguel Cabrera's three-run, lightning-bolt home run off the left-field foul pole the biggest hit of the day.

    • 3:02 PM, Jul. 23, 2014
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    Brad Ausmus mixes up Tigers' lineup after meltdown against Diamondbacks

    Rather than resign himself to a lineup that in recent days hasn't been much better than his bullpen, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus changed his batting order ahead of Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

    • 2:37 AM, Jul. 23, 2014
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    Tigers bullpen lets one slip away in loss to Diamondbacks

    The Tigers not only suffered a bad defeat Tuesday night at Chase Field, they dumped at least a full day of managerial second-guesses on manager Brad Ausmus ...

    • 4:01 PM, Jul. 23, 2014
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    Ex-Tiger Cameron Maybin suspended 25 games for positive amphetamine test

    Former Tigers farmhand Cameron Maybin, now an outfielder with the Padres, has been suspended 25 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for an ...

    • 4:17 PM, Jul. 23, 2014
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    Wednesday's Tigers-Diamondbacks live tweets: Detroit takes final in three-game series

    The Tigers earn series win with an 11-5 mauling of the Diamondbacks Wednesday.

    • 3:11 AM, Jul. 23, 2014
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    Tigers' loss to Diamondbacks again highlights need for bullpen help

    Once again, the Tigers bullpen is dealing with a mini-disaster. And once again, the Tigers cosmos wonders how many hours pass before front-office chief Dave ...

    • 10:08 PM, Jul. 22, 2014
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    'I wouldn't classify this as a slump'; Justin Verlander's batting average plummets 334 points

    What you see in 2014 is a man having fun, which isn't something anyone anticipated from Justin Verlander. Not when he is batting, anyway.

    • 9:59 PM, Jul. 22, 2014
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    Return to leadoff spot seems to agree with Tigers' Austin Jackson

    He makes it sound as if hitting is a simple, though hardly casual, act. Never for a moment would he associate ease with a chore this overwhelming. He knows ...

    • 12:24 AM, Jul. 23, 2014
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    Experts weigh value of Tigers going after Jonathan Papelbon

    Whatever the reason, today I'm flipping the script on the Tigers Mailbag. I'm asking the questions for once, and our analysts are guests Keith Law of ESPN ...

    • 3:11 PM, Jul. 22, 2014
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    Tigers' Drew VerHagen, back with Toledo, goes on DL with lower back strain

    Drew VerHagen, who started Saturday's game against the Indians and quickly returned to Triple A Toledo, is on the 15-day disabled list with an ailment ...

    • 3:15 AM, Jul. 22, 2014
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    Torii Hunter, Austin Jackson homer to support Justin Verlander in Tigers' win

    Some nights, it all works out, even for a baseball team that occasionally makes its fans wish ballparks and television sets had never been invented. The Tigers ...

    • 11:29 PM, Jul. 22, 2014
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    Yankees acquire third baseman Chase Headley from Padres

    The 30-year-old Headley, drafted by the Padres in 2005, can become a free agent after this season. The switch-hitter was batting .229 with seven homers and 32 ...

    • 1:03 AM, Jul. 23, 2014
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    Tuesday's Tigers-Diamondbacks live tweets: Tigers bullpen falters in loss

    Right-hander Rick Porcello takes the mound Tuesday night as the Tigers take on the Diamondbacks in the second of a three-game series. The Tigers, seeking their ...

    • 10:08 PM, Jul. 21, 2014
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    Diamondbacks' Kirk Gibson still likes Tigers but wants to stomp them

    Not since he was a freshman football star at Michigan State, not since he was a rookie with the Tigers, not in any of his incarnations as a wildly talented ...

    • 11:44 PM, Jul. 21, 2014
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    Tigers' Miguel Cabrera revisits third base for opener

    Welcome back to the National League. And to lineup issues a Tigers team, scrambling on offense of late, would have preferred not facing Monday as the Tigers ...

    • 12:18 AM, Jul. 22, 2014
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    Tigers own eighth inning, thanks to Joba Chamberlain

    Thanks to Joba Chamberlain, the Tigers have the best eighth-inning earned-run average in the American League at 2.27. The Tigers have the worst ninth-inning ...

    • 12:17 AM, Jul. 22, 2014
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    Hard to say if J.D. Martinez's season with Tigers is a fluke or the real deal

    When any player seemingly comes out of nowhere and finds a fair amount of success, you're left wondering just how long he can keep it up and when he might turn ...

    • 12:05 AM, Jul. 22, 2014
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    Ilitch must bolster Tigers bullpen to make good on promise

    It's unclear if Ilitch stuck around for the ninth inning, because a man who loves to build knows how hard it is to finish. The bullpen did it this time, with ...

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