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Joakim Soria pitched a perfect ninth inning to secure his 10th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Royals.

Soria entered with the Tigers up 6-4. The Royals battled him tough and forced him to throw 15 pitches, but 13 of those went for strikes and Soria never caved. With the clean inning, he picked up his 10th save and lowered his ERA to 1.54. He currently holds a 7/2 K/BB in 11 2/3 innings. He's looked great since taking over as closer for the ailing Joe Nathan (elbow).
May 3 - 6:54 PM

Miguel Cabrera hit his sixth home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Royals.

Move along, nothing to see here. In addition to the two-run homer, Cabrera also added a pair of singles to finish 3-for-4. He's hitting .366/.459/.624 with six homers, 19 RBI and 13 runs scored this season. The numbers speak for themselves. Cabrera remains a perennial MVP candidate and one of the best hitters in the game.
May 3 - 6:49 PM

Anibal Sanchez posted a strong start against the Royals on Sunday, surrendering three runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings.

Sanchez struck out four and walked one in what was one of his better starts this season. The Royals were unable to dent the scoreboard through the first six innings. They scored two in the seventh and another two in the eighth, but the Tigers were able to hang on for the 6-4 victory. Sanchez moved to 2-3 with the win and the outing lowered his ERA to 5.11. He also holds a 1.16 WHIP and a 35/9 K/BB over 37 innings. The last time the 31-year-old posted an ERA higher than 4.00 was in 2008. He'll attempt to put up another good start against the Royals in his next start, this time at home.
May 3 - 6:33 PM

Jose Iglesias (groin) is hopeful that he'll be able to return to the Tigers starting lineup on Tuesday.

Iglesias left Sunday's game against the Royals due to tightness in his left groin. The defensive wizard said that he originally tweaked it during the ninth inning on Saturday and that it tightened back up on him during Sunday's contest. The Tigers may play it safe and give him an extra day off after Monday's off day.
May 3 - 5:27 PM

Jose Iglesias exited Sunday's game versus the Royals with left groin tightness.

The Tigers are listing the shortstop day-to-day for the time being, but it would probably be wise to count on him miss at least a game or two. Iglesias singled in one of his two plate appearances before leaving.
May 3 - 3:52 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus plans to begin using Angel Nesbitt in more high-leverage situations.

Nesbitt has been a pleasant surprise for Detroit so far in middle relief, holding a 3.12 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 8/1 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings. Ausmus plans to use him in more of a setup role soon. "If I were to guess, I would say that at some point, he's going to be able to pitch in those types of situations, whether it's the seventh or eighth," Ausmus said.
May 3 - 10:49 AM

Anthony Gose went 3-for-4 with a double in Saturday's win over the Royals.

Despite getting on base three times, the speedy outfielder did not attempt a steal. Gose does have speed upside, but his .322/.355/.475 batting line is likely to dip a bit as the season wears on. We like him more than Rajai Davis, but the two will most likely continue to share at-bats, at least for the foreseeable future. By the end of the year, though, it's certainly possible that Gose could be entrenched at center.
May 2 - 11:34 PM

David Price befuddled the Royals with a complete game on Saturday, allowing just five hits and one run for a 2-1 win.

Price was locked in from the start and the Royals never mounted a serious threat against the ace southpaw, with the only run of the game coming on a ninth-inning home run by Lorenzo Cain. Price allowed just five hits and struck out three without walking a batter. The strong outing dropped his ERA to 2.93, with a 1.10 WHIP and 32/10 K/BB ratio over 40 innings. Price's numbers are around where you'd expect them to be as we start into the warmer months. He will try to pitch similarly well when he faces off with the Royals again in his next outing.
May 2 - 11:13 PM

J.D. Martinez is not in the Tigers starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Royals.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus will roll with Anthony Gose in center field and Rajai Davis in right. Martinez is hitting just .205 (8-for-39) with 17 strikeouts over his last 10 games, so a day to clear his head is likely to do some good.
May 2 - 2:36 PM

J.D. Martinez had another rough night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Royals, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Martinez has been in a bit of a funk at the plate recently, hitting just .205 (8-for-39) with 17 strikeouts in his last 10 games. While he has hit for impressive power again this season, his .280 on-base percentage is certainly concerning.
May 1 - 11:25 PM

Kyle Lobstein was dealt his second loss of the season on Friday, allowing four runs on 10 hits over 7 1/3 innings against the Royals.

Lobstein fanned two and walked one on the evening. Nearly all of the damage came during a three-run uprising in the first inning, though he was able to settle in nicely afterwards. He has done a serviceable job filling in for the injured Justin Verlander, though his lack of strikeouts keep him from having much mixed league value. He'll take on the White Sox in Chicago his next time out on Thursday.
May 1 - 11:21 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated Friday that Victor Martinez (knee) may not play first base at all this season.

Martinez is still struggling with his knees, and the Tigers' skipper isn't going to do anything that could risk further aggravation. He's off to a slow start as the Tigers designated hitter thus far, slashing .231/.342/.246 with no homers and nine RBI.
May 1 - 6:45 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Justin Verlander (triceps) would "be looking at a June return" even if he's cleared to resume a throwing program next week.

Verlander will undergo a third MRI early next week to see how much fluid and inflammation is remaining in his right triceps. Even if the Tigers receive good news, Morosi says the right-hander would need a "full spring training" in order to rebuild his arm strength. Verlander has been limited to only "very light" tossing this week.
May 1 - 11:54 AM

Alfredo Simon lost to the Royals after giving up six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings on Thursday.

Simon was due to have an outing line this at some point, but he still finishes April with a 4-1 record and a 3.13 ERA. He is due to start giving up more homers going forward. Eric Hosmer hit a whale of a shot off him to center tonight, but it was just the second he's allowed in 31 2/3 innings. Last year, he gave up 22 in 196 1/3 innings for the Reds.
Apr 30 - 11:33 PM

Justin Verlander (triceps) did some light tossing again Thursday.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Verlander felt no discomfort. That's good news, but we won't know much more until he goes for a third MRI on his triceps early next week. Only then will the Tigers know how much more fluid or inflammation is remaining in his triceps. He's still quite a while away from returning.
Apr 30 - 5:57 PM


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