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4/16/2015 | Question mark entering season, rotation looking strong

Through two turns in the rotation, the Tigers have four shutouts in nine games. Not only did Detroit's star-studded pitching staffs of the past few seasons not do that, no Tigers team has. The club heads into this weekend's series against the White Sox with a 19-inning scoreless streak, after setting an AL record with 24 consecutive scoreless innings to begin the season.


4/16/2015 | Simon copies Tigers' strong pitching blueprint

With what little solid contact the Pirates generated Wednesday night, Alfredo Simon was essentially playing catch with his rookie catcher, James McCann, for eight innings in the Tigers' 1-0 victory.


4/16/2015 | Confusion ensues after ball hits umpire Layne in mask

The Tigers' 1-0 win over the Pirates at PNC Park on Wednesday night was delayed for more than 10 minutes in the top of the ninth inning after home-plate umpire Jerry Layne was hit in the mask by a 3-2 pitch from Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon.


4/15/2015 | Simon, Rajai deliver as Tigers blank Bucs

Right-hander Alfredo Simon threw eight shutout innings and center fielder Rajai Davis swatted the go-ahead hit for the second consecutive night as the Tigers beat the Pirates, 1-0, on Wednesday at PNC Park. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, saw another solid start go to waste, as left-hander Francisco Liriano gave up four hits and struck out seven over six innings of work.


4/15/2015 | Rajai reflects on Jackie's legacy, then homers

Like everyone in the Majors, the Tigers were all wearing No. 42 on Wednesday to celebrate the anniversary of Jackie Robinson's Major League debut. It's an occasion that is not lost on them. On Jackie Robinson Day, Rajai Davis was the only guy in PNC Park to cross home plate.


4/15/2015 | Verlander's sim game ends early due to fatigue

Justin Verlander threw 45 pitches over three innings in a simulated game Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park. What it means for his chances of pitching in an actual game soon remains to be seen. Manager Brad Ausmus said a day earlier that Verlander was expected to throw four innings of about 15 pitches each, possibly longer if he felt good. Verlander said the session ended earlier due to shoulder fatigue, not pain.


4/15/2015 | Samardzija draws Price in first start against Tigers

The White Sox continue their trek around the American League Central, heading to Detroit for the first of three consecutive games. Jeff Samardzija gets the start for Chicago, facing his new division rival in Detroit for the first time in his career. David Price looks to build upon his 14 consecutive scoreless innings to begin the season.


4/15/2015 | MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.


4/15/2015 | Miggy's slap of baseball all in good fun, says Cervelli

Miguel Cabrera drew the ire of the fans at PNC Park on Tuesday, but it had nothing to do with him being one of the Majors' most feared hitters.


4/15/2015 | V-Mart says back OK after pinch-hitting cameo

Victor Martinez took some swings that looked painful for the Tigers' designated hitter, but he says he did not tweak anything in his back.


4/14/2015 | Efficient Greene makes history in dominating Pirates

Shane Greene made history when he threw eight shutout innings in Tuesday's 2-0 victory over the Pirates.


4/14/2015 | Liriano looks to reverse luck vs. Tigers in series finale

Francisco Liriano gets the start for the Pirates in Wednesday's series finale against the Tigers, who counter with Alfredo Simon. The players will all wear the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.


4/14/2015 | Greene dominates Pirates over 8 in shutout

Shane Greene threw eight shutout innings, and Rajai Davis drove in the only run with seventh-inning single as the Tigers claimed a 2-0 win over the Pirates on Tuesday.


4/14/2015 | Martinez flourishing with opposite-field power

J.D. Martinez is not trying to hit the ball to the opposite field, but he is just going with the way he is being pitched and is off to a fast start in 2015.


4/14/2015 | Sim game could be last stop before Verlander's return

Justin Verlander's simulated game on Wednesday will last at least four innings, and could be the final hurdle before he returns to the Tigers' rotation.


4/13/2015 | Ausmus sticks with Castellanos over V-Mart in late spots

The Tigers had one hit and one walk through six innings against Gerrit Cole. The hit belonged to Nick Castellanos. The Tigers had six hits over the final three innings. Castellanos had four outs over his final two at-bats.


4/13/2015 | Between early and late HRs, Anibal delivers solid start

Anibal Sanchez didn't throw out the first pitch Monday. His first pitch simply went out. So did his last. In between, Sanchez got on a roll, retiring 12 Pirates in a row from the third inning through the sixth. His bookends spoiled an otherwise good outing.


4/13/2015 | Sizzling start nets Miggy AL Player of the Week nod

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has been named the American League Player of the Week after starting his season on a hot streak.


4/13/2015 | Cole cruises as Pirates hand Anibal, Tigers first loss

Gerrit Cole pitched one-hit ball into the seventh inning and Josh Harrison, Pedro Alvarez and pinch-hitter Corey Hart homered, and the Pirates held on for a 5-4 win over the previously undefeated Tigers in Pittsburgh's home opener Monday afternoon at PNC Park.


4/13/2015 | Bucs' Burnett out to continue success against Tigers

The Pirates and Tigers will continue their three-game Interleague series Tuesday night at PNC Park, with Pittsburgh right-hander A.J. Burnett squaring off against Detroit righty Shane Greene.


4/13/2015 | Miggy's three-game stretch best by a Tiger since '52

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Miguel Cabrera's 11-for-13 performance over three games against the Indians was the best three-game stretch by a Tigers hitter since Walt Dropo went 13-for-14 in a two-day turnaround in 1952.


4/13/2015 | Tigers open to attempting steals with Miggy at plate

The Tigers, a team that stole just 35 bases two years ago, stole 10 bases last week, tying the Reds for the Major League lead. Sunday was the first time they did it with Miguel Cabrera at the plate. Rajai Davis got a red light in a similar situation later, but manager Brad Ausmus isn't ruling out another chance.


4/12/2015 | Tigers join elite ranks with 6-0 start

The Tigers are 6-0 for the first time since 1985, and the fourth time in franchise history. They also won their first six in 1984 on their way to 9-0 and 35-5. They went 6-0 in 1911 as well. That's just the beginning of the feats the Tigers have pulled off with their start.


4/12/2015 | Cabrera continues to torment Indians

Remember when there was a question whether Miguel Cabrera could get enough at-bats to be ready for the season? As his second home run Sunday carried an estimated 415 feet onto the left-field plaza at Progressive Field, five feet longer than the first, the answer was fairly emphatic.


4/12/2015 | Verlander on track for simulated game after 'pen session

Justin Verlander threw a 45-pitch bullpen session Sunday morning at Progressive Field, putting him on track to throw a simulated game Wednesday and possibly return to game action after that.




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