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Friday's Tigers-Rockies: Rajai Davis leading off, playing center field

Rajai Davis has an on-base percentage of .336 this season. Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News

Rajai Davis gets the start for the Tigers in center field and will hit leadoff on Friday night as Detroit opens a three-game interleague series against the Rockies at Comerica Park. Justin Verlander opposes left-hander Franklin Morales. More

Five keys to blockbuster deal: Added ace gives Tigers playoff edge

Tigers prospect Ezequiel Carrera, a name mentioned by several other teams, might compensate for the loss of center fielder Austin Jackson. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

In union with his devotion to power pitchers, Dave Dombrowski's mantra is a conviction that starters who are more like locomotives are the difference in those best 3-of-5 and 4-of-7 matches that define October's playoffs. More

The Tigers' new rotation, by the numbers

David Price can more than hold his own in the Tigers' rotation Jim Mone / Associated Press

It would be unfair to call David Price the Tigers' new ace because with three Cy Young starters, it looks like they have a rotation of aces. But he's certainly the Tigers' pitcher who has pitched the best, and most consistently, in his last 12 starts. More

Tigers improve odds of winning World Series

Manager Brad Ausmus' Tigers squad now has a better chance of winning the World Series, according to one oddsmaker. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

The Tigers' blockbuster trade to land David Price on Thursday has improved their odds of winning the World Series, according to one online oddsmaker. More

Suddenly, Tigers' Rajai Davis finds himself at center of attention

Rajai Davis played center field in the minor leagues. Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News

Davis, 33, for one, seems very open to the move. Get this: He said he feels playing center field actually is easier than playing on the corners. More

Drama over big trade overshadows loss to White Sox

Rajai Davis replaces Austin Jackson in the seventh inning Thursday after Jackson was dealt to Tampa as part of a three-team trade. The White Sox won 7-4 Thursday to take the three-game series. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

The start of the game came first, of course, but the end of the game — a 7-4 defeat for the Tigers — didn't come until after one of the most unusual moments ever seen at Comerica Park. More

Five questions on David Price trade: Who plays in center field?

Rajai Davis is the logical choice to take over in center field. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Likely, Rajai Davis is going to get the immediate reps there, but the Tigers have called up Ezequiel Carrera, signed this offseason as a minor-league free agent. All he’s done this year is hit, and hit a lot — oh, and steal bases in bunches, too. More

What they're saying about the Tigers' trade for David Price

See what others are saying about the Tigers' trade for David Price on Thursday. Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images

A look at what people around the country are saying in the wake of Thursday's blockbuster, three-team trade that brought ace David Price to the Tigers in exchange for Austin Jackson, Drew Smyly and prospect Willy Adames: More

MLB insider: On trade-deadline day, A's swing first -- but Tigers swing back

Justin Verlander is still often referred to as the Tigers ace, but he might not have a spot in the rotation come the postseason. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

The A's and the Tigers are viewed by many as on a collision course for yet another postseason meeting. The Tigers have eliminated the A's in the Division Series the past two years. More

Tigers' Evan Reed blasts sexual assault claims against him: 'I did nothing wrong'

Tigers minor league pitcher Evan Reed on Thursday said an Oakland County woman who has accused him of improper sexual relations during an alleged incident in March could be seeking attention by going after his status as a professional athlete. More

In-game trade creates surreal scene for Tigers on field and in dugout

Austin Jackson runs off the field as he is removed from the game in the seventh inning. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Depending on who you talked to in the clubhouse following the Tigers' blockbuster trade for David Price on Thursday, and after their 7-4 loss to the White Sox, the removal of Austin Jackson from the field in the seventh inning was a first. Or a fifth. Maybe even a sixth. More

Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks to resume rehab assignment Friday

Because Andy Dirks was out more than five days with back inflammation, the six games he has already played on assignment in Lakeland won't count against him. Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News

Because he was out more than five days with back inflammation, the six games he's already played on assignment in Lakeland won't count against him. More

Tigers keep looking at relievers as trade deadline looms

Boston Red Sox's Andrew Miller is a former Tigers first-round draft pick. Michael Dwyer / Associated Press

The Tigers have been scouting left-handed relievers as thoroughly as they studied the right-handed Soria ahead of last week's trade that brought him to Detroit from the Rangers. More

Tigers' Evan Reed charged with criminal sexual conduct

Evan Reed appeared in 27 games for the Tigers this season. Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News

Tigers minor league pitcher Evan Reed allegedly sexually assaulted an 'incapacitated' woman in his hotel room before ordering her to leave, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Wednesday in announcing charges against the 28-year-old reliever. More

Tigers Mailbag: Doug Fister trade looking worse and worse

Doug Fister has thrived in the National League with a 10-2 record and a 2.69 earned-run average. Al Behrman / Associated Press

The Tigers have the fans all riled up again, thanks to another mini-downslide, an offense that's been snoozing since the All-Star break and a bullpen that continues to look absolutely awful, even with the addition of Joakim Soria. More

Tigers shake things up with pregame rituals

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez do their pregame high-fives in the dugout. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

If you can peer into the Tigers dugout about 10 minutes before each game at Comerica Park, you'll see quite a show. It's the way the Tigers are pumping themselves up for the game that's about to be played — the final stage of their preparation. More

Twins sign undrafted pitcher with 100 mph arm to $250K deal

Brandon Poulson was pitching earlier this month for the Healdsburg Prune Packers in a collegiate summer league. His manager was Joey Gomes, the brother of big leaguer Jonny Gomes. Now, the Twins are about to give him $250,000. More

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