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Slipshod Tigers concoct new ways to derail themselves

Detroit Tigers starter Rick Porcello reacts as he sits on the field after Chicago White Sox's Avisail Garcia (26) hit an one-run single during the second inning. The White Sox defeated the Tigers 6-2 Sunday. Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press

Not surprisingly, Brad Ausmus stayed away from specifics when asked after Sunday's disaster what he might have said to the Tigers. They had just been embarrassed, 6-2, in a game that would have been canceled in the second inning had baseball's standards and practices police gotten their way. More

Outfielder Steven Moya, catcher James McCann join seven minor leaguers called up by Tigers

Steven Moya hit 35 home runs with 105 RBIs at Double A Erie this season. Hannah Foslien / Getty Images

They will add seven players beginning Monday, and extending into Tuesday. The group includes two high-profile position players, outfielder Steven Moya and catcher James McCann, who will join the Tigers in time for today's series opener against the Indians at Progressive Field. More

Tigers decide Devon Travis might help them sooner as a center fielder

Devon Travis, facing a glut of infielders in the Tigers system, has hit well at every level, including .297 at Double A Erie this season. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

What to do with Devon Travis? The Tigers were caught, happily, with a 23-year-old second baseman who has shown at every town and team the Tigers have assigned him that he can hit. More

Miguel Cabrera's health leaves a dark cloud over Tigers' pennant push

Miguel Cabrera bats in the fourth inning against the White Sox on Saturday night. Jeffrey Phelps / Getty Images

Nothing about his situation in 2014 has been clear or clearly explained. What we know is a superstar who has won three consecutive batting championships and who bashed 44 home runs in each of the past two seasons is today batting .300 with 17 home runs. More

Steven Moya, Kevin Ziomek earn nods as season's best in Tigers farm system

Kevin Ziomek had a stellar season at Single A West Michigan where the left-handed starting pitcher held opposing hitters to a .184 batting average in August. Courtesy of West Michigan Whitecaps

As usual, that supposedly barren Tigers farm system — an annual overview from the critics — made possible a couple of whopping July trades as the 2014 minor league season unveiled its share of development stories. More

Indians-Royals game suspended in 10th inning due to rain; will resume Sept. 22

Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante (14) forces out Cleveland Indians' Tyler Holt (62) at second in the seventh. The game was suspended in the bottom of the 10th due to rain with the Indians leading 4-2. The game will resume Sept. 22 when the two teams meet again in Cleveland. John Sleezer / MCT

Cleveland's game at Kansas City has been suspended due to rain with the Indians leading 4-2 heading into the bottom of the 10th inning. The game will resume on Sept. 22 in Cleveland before the start of a three-game series between the AL Central rivals. More

This season's most valuable players must be living in La-La-Land

Angels outfielder Mike Trout is a virtual lock to win the American League MVP award. Christine Cotter / Associated Press

The words are most valuable player. Simple words. MVP — the annual vote fest that so frequently provides contentiousness, contrariness and controversy on the previously noted media outlets. Some years the speculation approaches bloodshed. More

Tigers' J.D. Martinez continues to deliver beyond expections

J.D. Martinez, celebrating Friday's victory with Ezequiel Carrera and Torii Hunter, is hitting .312. Matt Marton / Associated Press

With three hits, including a double, in Friday night's Tigers victory, 7-1, over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, J.D. Martinez is batting .312 during what continues to be a remarkable season for an outfielder no one last spring seemed to know very well or want very much. More

Squirrels will have to wait for newest Tigers fill-in, Kyle Ryan

Eugenio Suarez surprises the White Sox with a steal of third in the fourth inning. Matt Marton / Associated Press

He is from Florida, just down the road from the Tigers spring training complex in Lakeland, and the only thing he enjoys more than getting a hitter to softly slap his cutter or sinker to a waiting infielder is hunting. More

Relieved reliever Evan Reed is back with the Tigers

Tigers pitcher Evan Reed Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Reed, a 28-year-old right-handed reliever, returned Friday to a big league team he had made at the 11th hour of spring camp in March. More

Royals fall to Indians as AL Central lead over Tigers slips to half-game

The Indians' Carlos Santana runs the bases past Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas after hitting a two-run home run during the ninth inning Friday. Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

Carlos Santana, who homered five times at Kauffman Stadium in a series last month, hit a two-run homer as the Cleveland Indians topped the Kansas City Royals 6-1 Friday night. More

Tigers find ways to get most out of streaky Al Alburquerque

Brad Ausmus on Al Alburquerque: 'When he's on, he's lights out. When he's off, it can be touch and go.' Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Statistically, he's been as good as any reliever in the Tigers' pen. Yet, there is a feeling when he takes the mound that a meltdown – a balk with a runner on third, sudden wildness, a hanging slider – is right around the corner. More

For Tigers, momentum shifts on Brian McCann's long foul ball

Brian McCann hit the ball a long way in top of the ninth, but pulled the ball foul. Phil Coke then struck him out. Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News

With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the ninth inning, Yankees catcher Brian McCann blasted a long, high drive down the right field line. It went foul, and a potentially fatal three-run homer was averted. More

Kyle Ryan will start for Tigers Saturday; Kyle Lobstein sent back to Toledo

Kyle Lobstein delivers in the first inning Thursday. Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News

The mystery surrounding who starts in the second game of the doubleheader in Chicago Saturday has been solved. Manager Brad Ausmus announced after the game Thursday that Kyle Ryan will be recalled from Toledo. More

Tigers tight-lipped about meeting after deal for Chad Qualls falls through

Chad Qualls has appeared in 51 games for the Astros this season. He has given up 50 hits and 18 earned runs over 45.2 innings. Bob Levey / Getty Images

The 48-hour window expired Wednesday – and when it was mentioned in semi-jest to Ausmus at his Thursday morning media session that Qualls isn't here, he didn't say whether a deal got close to being made. More

Twins finish strong to whittle away at Royals lead in AL Central

The Twins' Jordan Schafer slides home to score on a single by Brian Dozier during the fourth inning Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri. Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

Jordan Schafer tied a career high with four RBIs, including a two-run single in the 10th inning Thursday night as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals, 11-5. More

Thursday's Tigers-Yankees live tweets: Avila wins it in ninth

Rajai Davis jokes with Derek Jeter during Thursday's game at Comerica Park. Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News

Kyle Lobstein makes the first start of his major league career as the Tigers close a three-game series against the Yankees on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park. More

David Price's 'worst game I've ever had' drops Tigers 2.5 games behind Royals

After allowing nine consecutive hits, Tigers starter David Price finally is relieved for the night by manager Brad Ausmus on Wednesday at Comerica Park. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

In the third inning of a game at Comerica Park that followed a tribute to the retiring Deter Jeter, Price lasted only two-plus innings. He left after allowing nine consecutive hits while not retiring a batter in the third. More

Tigers' Joe Nathan channels his inner Jimmy Kimmel, reads some mean tweets

Tigers closer Joe Nathan, right, has had a rough year, but he hasn't lost his sense of humor. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Approached by WXYT 97.1 The Ticket's Jeff Riger this week, the embattled Tigers closer — who's taken his share of abuse from the fans this year — agreed to read, on camera, some of the observations from disgruntled fans. It made for video gold. More

Purpose pitch? Tigers' J.D. Martinez brushes off close encounter with Esmil Rogers fastball

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 Tuesday night against the Yankees. He also took a pitch way up and in. Detroit News / Robin Buckson

J.D. Martinez honestly didn't know what to think about it. He had already collected two singles and a double by the time he came to bat in the seventh inning Tuesday night. More

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