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9/19/2014 | Anibal nearing return, set to throw sim game

Anibal Sanchez is now potentially one step away from rejoining the Tigers' pitching staff for the final week of the regular season. The right-hander, out since early August with a right pectoral muscle strain, is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Sunday.

9/19/2014 | Avila says he's been sidelined by concussion

Tigers catcher Alex Avila is calling his injury a concussion. His manager is calling it the aftereffects of a concussion. That has become clear while Avila struggles with dizziness and disorientation during physical activity. What isn't clear is when Avila might return.

9/19/2014 | Shields, Royals aim to rebound in playoff chase

James Shields and the Royals will look to bounce back in a key series to close the gap on Max Scherzer and the first-place Tigers on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.

9/19/2014 | Tigers' bats blast Royals to stretch Central lead

Justin Verlander fired 7 1/3 strong innings, while Ian Kinsler's two-run homer capped a five-run fifth that sealed the first-place Tigers' 10-1 win over the Royals on Friday night.

9/18/2014 | Tigers ready for 'Septober' showdown with Royals

Torii Hunter has a name for this -- playoff-race baseball with an October atmosphere. It is not postseason baseball. Nothing matches the playoffs, says the man who signed with the Tigers two years ago with an eye toward his first World Series berth. But the implications are nonetheless huge.

9/18/2014 | Royals, Tigers battle for first place in Kansas City

The Royals and Tigers, who sit in first place by a half-game, engage in a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium starting Friday that will go a long way in determining the fate of the American League Central. Justin Verlander and Jason Vargas will square off Friday night.

9/17/2014 | Tigers' lead down to half-game after loss to Twins

Miguel Cabrera's four hits weren't enough to overcome a shaky outing by David Price on Wednesday, when the Twins defeated the Tigers, 8-4, at Target Field. The loss, coupled with the Royals' win over the White Sox, leaves Detroit just a half-game ahead of Kansas City in the American League Central heading into the weekend series at Kauffman Stadium.

9/17/2014 | Martinez making history with heroics

When J.D. Martinez pointed skyward and watched his opposite-field homer carry over the right-field overhang on Tuesday night for a go-ahead three-run homer, he had his eighth home run in the ninth inning or later. That ties Alex Rodriguez's 2007 American League MVP heroics for the second-most ninth-inning homers in a season since 1914.

9/16/2014 | MLB announces Clemente Award nominees

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet announced on Tuesday the names of the 30 club nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, and fan voting will begin Wednesday, Roberto Clemente Day, to help decide who succeeds Carlos Beltran as the winner of the prestigious community honor handed out annually at the World Series.

9/16/2014 | Detroit looks to keep motoring in Minnesota

Following a win in the series opener against Minnesota on Monday, Detroit has won seven of its last eight and looks to keep the gas pedal pressed to the floor with a 1 1/2-game lead over Kansas City in the American League Central. Taking the mound on Tuesday night is Rick Porcello, who will be opposed by veteran right-hander Ricky Nolasco.

9/15/2014 | Back-to-back jacks in ninth keep Tigers on pace

Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back homers leading off the top of the ninth inning on Monday to bail out the bullpen, and the Tigers opened a three-game series with an 8-6 win over the Twins at Target Field.

9/15/2014 | Ausmus not committing to rotation vs. Royals

Brad Ausmus continues to hold off on announcing his starting pitchers for next weekend's showdown against the Royals. He insists, however, that it's not a matter of gamesmanship. "There's some moving parts right now," he said, "so we're not locked in."

9/15/2014 | Tigers exercising caution with Avila

As expected, Alex Avila was not behind the plate on Monday night after leaving Sunday's game with a headache and lightheadedness. He's still considered day to day.

9/15/2014 | Relief work may be in Anibal's future

Anibal Sanchez took a big step toward a return on Monday, when he threw a bullpen session. Whether he ends up in the bullpen of a potential postseason roster is an entirely different question, but Brad Ausmus is acknowledging the possibility.

9/14/2014 | Avila day to day, exits with lightheadedness

While the Tigers have momentum in the American League Central once again, they face lingering questions about whether they have their catcher. A week after Alex Avila returned from concussion symptoms, he left Sunday's 6-4 win over the Indians with what the team classified as lightheadedness.

9/14/2014 | Tigers win challenge on Kinsler's hit-by-pitch

The Tigers gained a two-out baserunner in the third inning of Sunday's series finale against the Indians on replay review, when Ian Kinsler was ruled to have been hit by a Trevor Bauer pitch.

9/14/2014 | As swing-and-miss stuff improves, so do Nathan's results

Tigers closer Joe Nathan's stats won't be pretty at the end of the year, but his improvement over the past month has given some stability to a situation that seemed untenable going into the stretch run.

9/14/2014 | Ausmus would rather avoid early small ball

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he actually isn't a fan of manufacturing offense early in a game, though it didn't look that way in Saturday night's 5-4 victory.

9/14/2014 | Lobstein's spot in rotation uncertain for final stretch

The Tigers may skip left-hander Kyle Lobstein in the rotation next week against the Royals, and the rookie may not get another chance to start in the regular season.

9/14/2014 | Surging Tigers face next important series vs. Twins

While not quite as big as the Tigers' next series, the importance of the three games in Minnesota that begin Monday is not lost in the Detroit clubhouse. The Tigers have the good fortune of turning to ace Max Scherzer against Twins spot starter Anthony Swarzak.

9/14/2014 | Two for three: another late homer gives Tigers sweep

For the second day in a row, a two-run go-ahead home run gave Detroit a clutch victory. On Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park, it was Ian Kinsler who played the hero, lifting the Tigers to a 6-4 win over the Indians to extend their division lead to 1 1/2 games.

9/14/2014 | Torii saves game with outstanding diving catch

Torii Hunter showed why he is still one of the best in the business, laying out in right field to prevent two potential runs from scoring in the top of the eighth inning before Alex Avila's homer gave the Tigers a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday night.

9/13/2014 | Romine's great play called an out after replay

The Tigers gained an eighth-inning out in a one-run game when a replay overturned what was initially ruled an infield single on shortstop Andrew Romine's terrific play.

9/13/2014 | Martinez on a tear after adding depth to offensive game

J.D. Martinez is getting fastballs to hit, and he's hitting them out, but the key that has turned Martinez's season from a brief flash of stardom to a career breakout has been his adjustments on everything else.

9/13/2014 | Humble Avila downplays terrific jumping catch

Not surprisingly, Tigers catcher Alex Avila didn't want to make a big deal out of his jumping catch at the screen on Friday night to get an out. He was, however, willing to have a little fun with it.

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