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Good outweighs the bad for Tigers, but just barely

Left-handed reliever Ian Krol gave up a two-run homer to Michael Brantley while Alex Avila's slump at the plate continues. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

They hit. They don't hit. They pitch great in some games. Their bullpen comes apart in others. They supposedly are a team built on speed and defense. More

Joe Nathan says Tigers bullpen getting stronger

Tigers pitcher Joba Chamberlain was one of five relievers used by manager Brad Ausmus on Thursday. He pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Nathan speaks of the bullpen as the cohesive unit it should be, and often is. But a closer can only save games if those who precede him keep a save situation stitched together, which the Tigers bullpen did in Thursday's 7-5 victory over the Indians at Comerica Park. More

Report: Tigers set to call up reliever Justin Miller from Toledo

Tigers pitcher Justin Miller works in the third inning of a spring-training game against the Braves in Kissimmee, Fla. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

It looks like the Tigers are beefing up the bullpen for their weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. Right-hander Justin Miller, signed during the offseason, is being called up from Triple-A Toledo, John Wagner of The Toledo Blade reported Thursday night. More

Tigers' Evan Reed meets voluntarily with Detroit Police in sexual assault case

Evan Reed has pitched in four games this season. Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News

Tigers relief pitcher Evan Reed has met with the Detroit Police Department to discuss charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in a Motor City Casino Hotel room last month, before the baseball season began. More

Thursday's Tigers-Indians lineups: Justin Verlander goes for second win of season

Pitcher Justin Verlander tends to dominate in day games, which is good news for the Tigers. Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News

Tigers starter Justin Verlander is coming off a win against the Padres on April 12, his first of the season. Verlander allowed two runs on eight hits in that game, a 6-2 Tigers victory. He also recorded the first two hits of his major-league career. More

Slumping Tigers catcher Alex Avila perks up with a couple of hits

Alex Avila doubles in the ninth inning and then advances to third on an Indians fielding error. Avila also had a single in the seventh. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Not that the Tigers catcher was taking much solace in his fine night at the plate Wednesday, after a disturbingly slow start with the bat. More

Postponements make it difficult for Tigers players to get into rhythm

Tigers' Rajai Davis puts on his gloves for batting practice before Wednesday's game. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Sooner or later, the season will get underway — and the rhythm of one night game after another will take over. But with wet weather before and after a West Coast trip, there's been no rhythm so far. More

Tigers mourn death of scout Rolando Casanova, who helped sign Nick Castellanos

Late Tigers scout Rolando Casanova was key in the drafting and signing of Nick Castellanos, above. Robin Buckson / The Detroit News

Casanova, a scout with the organization for the last 11 years who was instrumental in the Tigers drafting and signing Nick Castellanos, died after a battle with cancer. More

Study: Tigers players 13th-best paid in the world

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera's hefty contract helped boost the average pay for Detroit players in a recent survey. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Tigers players are the 13th-best paid of any sports team in the world, according to a survey by Sporting Intelligence and ESPN the Magazine. More

Video replay confirms hit by Tigers' Ian Kinsler in eighth

Tigers' Ian Kinsler was ruled safe on this play in the bottom of the eighth, which was subject to a video review. MLB

Tigers' Ian Kinsler bunted down the third base line, which the Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall fielded and threw to first. First base umpire Lance Barrett ruled Kinsler beat the throw but Indians manager Terry Francona challenged the play. More

Free-agency questions loom for Tigers

Victor Martinez, who turns 36 in December, has not lost his switch-hitting skills. He can also play first base and catch. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Consider the Tigers and a handful of luminaries who will reach free agency either this autumn or 18 months from now: Victor Martinez, Austin Jackson, Rick Porcello and Alex Avila, even if fans at the moment are not inclined to think of Avila and his batting woes as a matter for renewal. More

Wednesday's Tigers-Indians lineups: Anibal Sanchez ready to go after one-day delay

Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez is looking for his first win of the season. Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News

The Tigers will get their series with the Cleveland Indians under way after Tuesday's game was postponed because of inclement weather. First pitch is schedule for 7:08 p.m. (FSD, 97.1 FM) at Comerica Park. Here's what you need to know: More

Less-than-sharp Scherzer roughed up as Tigers drop series finale

Tigers catcher Victor Martinez goes out to the mound to confer with starting pitcher Max Scherzer during the fourth inning. Don Boomer / Associated Press

With three in the fourth off Max Scherzer, now 0-1 after three starts, the Padres downed the Tigers 5-1 at Petco Park. With the win, the Padres won the series, two games to one. More

Week in review: Tigers get dinged on West Coast

Max Scherzer won't start this season undefeated, losing Sunday against the Padres. Denis Poroy / Getty Images

Here's a quick look at the Tigers' first road trip, which was a five-game West Coast swing to Los Angeles and San Diego. More

Tigers-Padres lineups: Max Scherzer takes aim at first victory

Max Scherzer has made one previous start in San Diego -- in 2009 as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News

In two starts, Scherzer has give up just two earned runs over 15 innings, with 15 strikeouts, but has a pair of no-decisions. Scherzer's ERA is 1.20 and his WHIP is 0.93. More

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