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Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI as the Tigers pounded the Diamondbacks 11-5 on Wednesday afternoon at Arizona's Chase Field.

Cabrera singled and scored in the top of the fourth inning and then slugged a three-run shot to give the Tigers some insurance in the top of the eighth. The Detroit slugger has gone 2-for-4 in three straight games and is now batting .315/.372/.539 with 15 home runs and 80 RBI in 97 total games this season.
Jul 23 - 7:08 PM

Anibal Sanchez yielded five earned runs in 6 1/3 innings but earned a win Wednesday versus Arizona.

Sanchez did not pitch well, allowing 11 total hits, but the Detroit offense exploded for 11 runs to take two of three games at Chase Field. Sanchez will look to bounce back next week at home against the White Sox. He is 7-4 with a solid 3.45 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
Jul 23 - 7:04 PM

Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 on Tuesday, including an RBI single in the first.

The RBI knock gave Cabrera 77 batted in on the year. Ho hum. Death, taxes, Miguel Cabrera knocking in runs on a nightly basis. What are "things that are a given," Alex? While Mike Trout seems destined for the AL MVP award this year, Cabrera continues to be consistently spectacular. He's slashing .313/.369/.531.
Jul 23 - 1:38 AM

Rick Porcello pitched seven innings of three-run ball in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks.

The start was almost identical to his last start (against the Royals), as Porcello scattered five hits and struck out five without walking a batter in Arizona. Had Detroit's bullpen held onto a 4-3 eighth inning lead, Porcello would have picked up his thirteenth win. Alas, it was not to be. While he's only striking out 5.05 per nine innings, he's also posting the lowest WHIP of his career (1.18) to go with his 3.42 ERA. Porcello takes on the Angels in his next start.
Jul 23 - 1:05 AM

Drew VerHagen will undergo an MRI on his lower left side.

He could also receive a bone scan. VerHagen evidently must have been injured while making his major league debut on Saturday. He's since been optioned to Triple-A.
Jul 22 - 7:20 PM

Andy Dirks (back) has resumed baseball activities.

Dirks was pulled off his rehab assignment earlier this month due to muscle inflammation in his surgically-repaired back. It's obviously good news that he's resuming activities, but there remains no timetable for his return.
Jul 22 - 7:14 PM

Lynn Henning of the Detroit News reports that Joel Hanrahan (elbow) is "still a longshot" to pitch for the Tigers this season.

Making his way back from Tommy John surgery, Hanrahan is throwing bullpen sessions in extended spring training but has yet to face hitters and it's not clear when he might be ready to do so. The veteran reliever was only guaranteed $1 million by the Tigers, so while his lack of progress is disappointing, it's not a big blow.
Jul 22 - 7:13 PM

Joe Nathan worked around a single to toss a scoreless ninth, preserve a 4-3 win, and earn his 20th save of the season Monday against Arizona.

Nathan has finished off scoreless appearances in six of his last seven. Unfortunately, the one he didn't was a three-run implosion over the weekend against the Indians, after which the media began discussing his job security. Nathan has been scored upon in 10 of his last 22 appearances, but manager Brad Ausmus has proven he'll grant an extremely long leash. Nathan is 20-for-25 in save conversions to go with a 5.89 ERA and 1.53 WHIP.
Jul 22 - 1:01 AM

Torii Hunter finished 1-for-4 with two-run homer as the Tigers topped the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Hunter has now homered in two straight, and five of his last 14. The 39-year-old outfielder -- Hunter's birthday celebration occurred last week -- has rapped an extra-base hit in four straight to boost his slash line to .274/.297/.470. He's on pace for 24 homers and 96 RBI.
Jul 22 - 12:56 AM

Justin Verlander beat the Diamondbacks by allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings Monday in a 4-3 victory.

Verlander struck out five and gave up six hits and three walks. The quality start and victory are nice to see, but we're still waiting for a dominant performance by the formerly elite ace. Verlander hasn't allowed less than two runs in an outing all season (though he did escape one five-inning outing with no earned runs on his ledger). The right-hander was 11-17 with a 4.84 ERA in 2008, and he's headed towards similar numbers if he can't turn things around soon. Verlander will bring a 9-8 record and 4.84 ERA into a scheduled outing against the Angels on Saturday.
Jul 22 - 12:54 AM

Drew Smyly fired seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Tigers' 5-1 defeat of the Indians.

Smyly had a no-hitter going until the top of the fifth inning, when Yan Gomes smacked a double. The left-hander wound up allowing just four hits in all, striking out six and issuing only two walks. He will carry a solid 3.80 ERA into his next start on the road against the Angels.
Jul 20 - 4:10 PM

Tigers released OF Trevor Crowe.

Crowe has been at Triple-A Toledo all season, batting just .240/.291/.349 over 66 games. The 30-year-old will now try to latch on elsewhere.
Jul 20 - 1:51 PM

Tigers second base prospect Devon Travis went 3-for-6 with a walk during a doubleheader for Double-A Erie on Saturday.

After a late start to the season due to an injury and a slow start in April and May, Travis has hit .321/.386/.476 in June and July, smacking eight doubles, three triples, and four home runs. Travis is blocked by Ian Kinsler, but he could be a good piece for a trade to help the Tigers down the stretch.
Jul 20 - 12:16 PM

Max Scherzer was nearly scratched from Saturday's start after his neck tightened up on him while he warmed up in the bullpen prior to the game.

He wound up allowing two runs on six hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings against the Indians. Scherzer expects to be fine for his next outing. "I've got five days to take care of this," said Scherzer, who described it as a neck spasm. "This is just a one-day thing. We've got great trainers and we'll have a program for what I'm going to do over the next five days to take care of it."
Source: M-Live.com
Jul 20 - 9:35 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that he's "not near that point" to replace Joe Nathan at closer.

Nathan on Saturday allowed a bases-clearing double, which was preceded by a double and two walks (one intentional). He's been scored upon in 10 of his last 20 appearances and holds a 9.00 ERA over that stretch. Yet, Ausmus is sticking by his veteran closer. "I'm sure there's a possibility I could reach a point sometime," he said. "I'm not near that point. I'll let you know when I am."
Source: M-Live.com
Jul 20 - 9:31 AM


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