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Tigers reportedly a finalist to land Rusney Castillo, but he's not an immediate solution

The Tigers covet Rusney Castillo, but even if they land him, it's unlikely he would be ready for the postseason in time. Rodrigo Arangua / Getty Images

The Tigers are finalists in the Rusney Castillo sweepstakes, according to information posted Wednesday on Twitter by Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com. More

Former pitcher Curt Schilling blames chewing tobacco for mouth cancer

Curt Schilling is being treated at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Elise Amendola / AP

Schilling discussed details of his cancer on WEEI-FM in Boston on Wednesday. He announced he had cancer in February, but had not disclosed what kind. More

Tigers reliever Jim Johnson wins marathon within a marathon

A bird takes flight as Rays relief pitcher Jeff Beliveau delivers during the 11th inning. Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

Jim Johnson wondered if he was part of a showdown that began Tuesday and ended Wednesday. It was a marathon, all right. Thirteen pitches. One foul after another foul. One good sinker and breaking pitch followed by some more. More

Royals beat Rockies, remain two games up on Tigers

Norichika Aoki starts to slide safe into home against Rockies catcher Michael McKenry during the seventh inning. Jack Dempsey / Associated Press

Ned Yost never has a bad birthday, but a win helps make the occasion much more special. Omar Infante had three doubles and drove in four runs to help the streaking Kansas City Royals beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Tuesday night. It also brought a smile to Yost, who turned 60. More

With a little luck and lot of perseverance, Tigers pull out a win

Ian Kinsler scores the winning run on a bases-loaded walk to Victor Martinez by Rays relief pitcher Grant Balfour during the 11th inning. Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

This was no masterpiece, this 8-6, 11-inning victory the Tigers pulled out, which arrived after one of the evening's uglier innings, the 11th, when the Tigers turned a misplayed triple, two wild pitches, and four walks into three runs that got them home with an excruciatingly difficult victory. More

Tigers Mailbag: Royals breezy schedule should make Tigers' task more difficult

The trade of Austin Jackson (16) to Seattle has left a big hole in center field for the Tigers, who could pursue Cuban star Rusney Castillo to fill the void for this season and beyond. Michael Perez / Associated Press

Anything close to .500 the rest of the way isn't going to be nearly enough for the Tigers to claim a fourth consecutive American League Central championship, not with the way the Royals are playing — or figure to keep playing, given the cupcake schedule they have down the home stretch. More

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus can feel the heat, but he won't buckle

Starter Max Scherzer fell behind to the Rays, 4-0, Tuesday night before the Tigers starting chipping away. Brian Blanco / Getty Images

He speaks generally, without offering any specific triumphs or failures, minus any deep self-critiques, which was at the heart of a conversation Tigers manager Brad Ausmus had Tuesday with a small media crowd in the visiting manager's office at Tropicana Field. More

Tigers notebook: So far so good on Justin Verlander's shoulder, he could start for Tigers on Saturday

Justin Verlander is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday at Tropicana, which, if reassuring, could enable him to start Saturday against the Twins as the Tigers deal with a day-night doubleheader at Target Field. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Justin Verlander gave himself a gold star for Tuesday's first test since he left the rotation last week with a shoulder ailment. It's how he grades out Wednesday that counts for a pitcher who knows the day after a workout is often the real test of how much he has healed. More

Royals beat Twins, lead over Tigers is two games

Lorenzo Cain, from left, Alex Gordon and Greg Holland of the Royals celebrate a win. Hannah Foslien / Getty Images

Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. More

Andy Dirks' return hits another roadblock; hamstring sidelines Tigers outfielder

Outfielder Andy Dirks has yet to play for the Tigers this season, fighting an assortment of injuries. Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News

The rehabilitation of outfielder Andy Dirks has hit yet another snag. He has been shut down for the third time in the last month, again because of a tight hamstring. More

Listless bats threaten to sink Tigers' season

Miguel Cabrera says the Tigers can't make excuses and must hit better. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

They're no longer in first, no longer even in a wild-card playoff spot, no longer the self-assured team we saw early in the season. The Tigers slogged through another loss Sunday, 8-1 to the Mariners, and it was as dreary as any. More

Tigers' David Price excited to see old friends, pitch against old teammates

Since coming to the Tigers in a trade with the Rays on July 31, David Price has lived up to expectations, posting a 0.971 WHIP in three starts. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

David Price has one more thing to check off before he's officially settled in with the Tigers. He's made his first start with his new team and he's made his home debut. Now, he's got to go back to Tampa and pitch against his former teammates. More

Middle infielder Domingo Leyba making an impression at Class A West Michigan

Infielder Domingo Lebya has made the jump from short-season Class A Connecticut to Single A West Michigan where he is hitting .339. Courtesy of West Michigan Whitecaps

You could hear hearts cracking at Comstock Park last month when a kid infielder with as much personal goodness as baseball skill was suddenly uprooted and shipped to the Tampa Bay Rays. More

Tigers minor league report: James McCann still hitting ahead of September call-up

Catching prospect James McCann was a second-round pick by the Tigers in the 2011 draft. Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News

Who's hot … James McCann, C: Good hitting apparently is a permanent state for McCann, at least while he works at Triple A, which won't be for much longer. He has slammed three home runs in his last 10 games. More

Mariners' Lloyd McClendon goes 2-for-2 on getting tossed

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has a heated conversation with home plate umpire Tony Randazzo after being ejected in the second inning. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

On Saturday night, when Randazzo worked behind the plate, McClendon was tossed for arguing balls and strikes. On Sunday, with Randazzo at third base, he was tossed for a non-verbal dispute of a check swing call on Avila. More

Royals romp over Twins, extend lead to 1 1/2 games over Tigers in AL Central

Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler (16), left, and Alex Gordon score against the Minnesota Twins as heavy rain falls during the second inning Sunday. The Royals won 12-6 in a game twice delayed by rain. Jerry Holt / MCT

Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Josh Willingham homered, and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 12-6 on Sunday for their 20th win in their last 25 games. More

Tigers' David Price, Alex Avila finding their groove together

Saturday marked Tigers pitcher David Price's third start partnered with catcher Alex Avila. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

It's not quite there yet, but it's coming. Saturday was just the third time Alex Avila caught and called a game with David Price. The two seemed to be in sync, but as they walked off the field together they agreed there is room for improvement. More

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