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Lineups for Game 162, as Tigers try (again) to close out the AL Central

Lineups for Game 162, as Tigers try (again) to close out the AL Central

The Tigers come into Sunday's regular-season finale needing just a win or a Kansas City Royals loss to clinch their fourth straight American League Central Division title. They send trade acquisition David Price to the mound to get that done.If they lose and the Royals win, there will be a one-game playoff at Comerica Park Monday to determine the division champ.DETROIT TIGERS (89-72): Ian Kinsler, 2BTorii Hunter, RFMiguel Cabrera, 1BVictor Martinez, DHJ.D. Martinez, LFAlex Avila, CNick Castellanos, 3BAndrew Romine, SSEzequiel Carrera, CFPitcher: David Price, LHP (3-4, 3.97 ERA with...
Grand Rapids Press Sep 28, 2014
Playoff picture update: Detroit Tigers guaranteed at least Game 163 as magic number drops to one

Playoff picture update: Detroit Tigers guaranteed at least Game 163 as magic number drops to one

The Tigers will enter the final game of the regular season Sunday with a one-game lead over the Kansas City Royals, who failed to gain ground Saturday after falling to Chicago. DETROIT -- The Tigers haven't choked away their shot at capturing a fourth straight division title, but they are clearing gasping for air after suffering a second straight blowout loss to the lowly Minnesota Twins. The Tigers will enter the final game of the regular season Sunday with a one-game lead over the Kansas City Royals, who failed to gain ground Saturday after falling to the...
Grand Rapids Press Sep 28, 2014
Analysis: Despite many paths to division title, Detroit Tigers need to get job done on their own

Analysis: Despite many paths to division title, Detroit Tigers need to get job done on their own

The Tigers need to beat the Twins. Any other path to the division title will lead to even more question marks about this teams potential ability to navigate its way through the postseason. DETROIT -- The raw numbers say the Detroit Tigers still have about a seven-out-of-eight chance of winning the American League Central Division. But it really comes down to one game. A game the Tigers absolutely need to win. The Tigers hold a one-game lead in the division with one game to play following their 12-3 loss Saturday night to the Minnesota Twins. But that loss was an...
Grand Rapids Press Sep 28, 2014
Detroit Tigers lose speedster Rajai Davis to pelvic sprain, status for must-win game remains unclear

Detroit Tigers lose speedster Rajai Davis to pelvic sprain, status for must-win game remains unclear

The Detroit Tigers will play arguably their biggest game of the season on Sunday. And they could be forced to play it without their fastest player. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers will play arguably their biggest game of the season on Sunday. And they could be forced to play it without their fastest player. Rajai Davis' status for the final game of the regular season remains in question after the speedy outfielder left Saturday's 12-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins with a Grade 1 sprain of the pubic symphysis, the Tigers announced late Saturday. "Don't ask me what...
Grand Rapids Press Sep 27, 2014
Twins 12, Tigers 3: Detroit suffers another lopsided loss as division race goes down to final day

Twins 12, Tigers 3: Detroit suffers another lopsided loss as division race goes down to final day

For the second consecutive night, the Tigers headed into their game against the Minnesota Twins with a magic number of two to win the Central Division. For the second consecutive night, the Tigers lost to the last-place Twins. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have two chances to win the Central Division. The first one is Sunday against the Minnesota Twins. The second one potentially would be Monday against the Kansas City Royals. For the second consecutive night, the Tigers headed into their game against the Minnesota Twins with a magic number of two to win the...
Playoff scenarios coming into Saturday night

Playoff scenarios coming into Saturday night

Coming into Saturday night, there are essentially four American League teams alive for three playoff spots — the AL Central title, as well as both Wild Cards. Detroit (89-71) leads the Royals (88-72) by one game for the Central Division title headed into the final two contests. The Royals are a game up on Oakland (87-73) for the first Wild Card slot, and two games up on the Mariners (85-75). Seattle is one loss or a win by the A’s away from elimination. Baltimore and the Los Angeles Angels have clinched their respective divisions. The Angels have already cinched up home-field advantage...
Grand Rapids Press Sep 27, 2014
Detroit Tigers' Rajai Davis leaves game after two innings due to injury

Detroit Tigers' Rajai Davis leaves game after two innings due to injury

Davis is hitting .282 with 51 RBIs and 36 stolen bases this season for the Tigers. DETROIT -- If the Detroit Tigers are going to clinch their fourth consecutive Central Division title Saturday night, they are going to do it without Rajai Davis. Davis left the game due to an injury Saturday night after grounding out to end the second inning in the third game of a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins.  The Tigers announced shortly before the end of the game that Davis suffered a Grade 1 sprain of the pubic symphysis and will be reevaluated Sunday. The...
Rajai Davis leaves must-win game with an apparent injury

Rajai Davis leaves must-win game with an apparent injury

DETROIT — Rajai Davis came out of Saturday’s game against the Twins after appearing to injure himself running out a grounder in the second inning. He was replaced in center field by Ezequiel Carrera. With two on and two outs, Davis grounded one to short, and pulled up after making it down the baseline to first. First base coach Omar Vizquel signaled for a replacement, even before trainer Kevin Rand came out to check on Davis. Any lower-body injury — it appeared Davis might be flexing his groin after the play — would be disastrous for a player like Davis, who relies so much upon speed...
Grand Rapids Press Sep 27, 2014
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus trying to find best spots to use Anibal Sanchez before regular season ends

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus trying to find best spots to use Anibal Sanchez before regular season ends

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wants to get Anibal Sanchez more work out of the bullpen before postseason kicks off. The problem? His time is running out. DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wants to get Anibal Sanchez more work out of the bullpen before the start of the postseason. The problem? His time is running out. Sanchez made his much-anticipated bullpen debut for the Tigers on Friday night and responded by tossing a 14-pitch scoreless inning of relief. Pitching for the first time since Aug. 8 after being out with a pectoral strain, Sanchez faced four...
Grand Rapids Press Sep 27, 2014
Live updates: Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins (chat)

Live updates: Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins (chat)

The Tigers first-place lead in the division has been trimmed to a half-game after they suffered their second straight blowout loss to the lowly Minnesota Twins. FINAL: Twins 12, Tigers 3 Ninth inning: The Tigers' first-place lead in the division has been trimmed to a half-game after they suffered their second straight blowout loss to the lowly Twins. The Royals can pull into a two-way tie for first if they can mount a late-inning comeback in Chicago tonight. Bottom line: Detroit is on the verge of blowing a two-game lead with three to play. Can they avoid a...
Grand Rapids Press Sep 27, 2014

Video: David Price ready to start Game 162 in potential must-win game for Detroit Tigers

"We're in the driver's seat and that's what you want in September," Price said. "You want to be able to control your own destiny, and that's the position we're in right now."
Grand Rapids Press Sep 27, 2014
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Kyle Lobstein set to start Game 161 tonight with division still up for grabs

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Kyle Lobstein set to start Game 161 tonight with division still up for grabs

The Tigers will hand the ball to rookie left-hander Kyle Lobstein, who is set to make just his sixth career start in the majors tonight. GAME INFORMATIONWho: Detroit Tigers (89-71, 1st in AL Central) vs. Minnesota Twins (69-91, 5th in AL Central, 20 games behind Detroit)When: 7:08 p.m.Where: Comerica Park in DetroitTV: Fox Sports DetroitRadio: 97.1 The Ticket and the Detroit Tigers radio networkTwitter: Follow James Schmehl and Chris Iott STARTING PITCHERSDetroit TigersLHP Kyle Lobstein (1-1, 3.38 ERA)Lifetime vs. Twins: 0-0, 4.76 ERA Minnesota TwinsRHP Ricky...
Lineups for penultimate game of regular season (Twins at Tigers, Game 161)

Lineups for penultimate game of regular season (Twins at Tigers, Game 161)

The Tigers have essentially the same scenario as they had a night earlier, needing a win over the Twins and a loss by the Royals to clinch their fourth straight American League Central Division title. They got neither on Friday, dropping the division lead to one game, and keeping the magic number at two. If that happens again (the Tigers lose and the Royals win), the division will be tied going into Sunday.DETROIT TIGERS (89-71):Ian Kinsler, 2BTorii Hunter, RFMiguel Cabrera, 1BVictor Martinez, DHJ.D. Martinez, LFNick Castellanos, 3BAlex Avila, CAndrew Romine, SSRajai Davis, CFPitcher: Kyle...
Grand Rapids Press Sep 27, 2014
Rick Porcello continues downward spiral in ugly loss, coming unglued at wrong time for Detroit Tigers

Rick Porcello continues downward spiral in ugly loss, coming unglued at wrong time for Detroit Tigers

Rick Porcello didnt look like himself Friday night. Come to think of it, Porcello hasnt looked like himself for quite some time now. Detroit Tigers starter Rick Porcello (21) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park in Detroit on Sept. 26.Mike Mulholland | MLive.com  DETROIT -- Rick Porcello didn't look like himself Friday night. Come to think of it, Porcello hasn't looked like himself for quite some time now. Porcello's downward spiral reached another low Friday night when he was chased from the game after just 3 2/3...

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