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8/30/2015 | Simon nicks Encarnacion with eephus pitch

Getting struck by a 47-mph pitch would seem to test the definition of hit-by-pitch. Whether or not the "hit" part was accidental, the pitch to Edwin Encarnacion was something Detroit starter Alfredo Simon meant to throw in the Tigers' 9-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday at Rogers Centre.


8/30/2015 | Davis playing through left middle finger injury

Rajai Davis started all three games in left field for the Tigers at Rogers Centre this weekend, trying to get his bat going after ceding playing time to Tyler Collins. There might be a health reason to blame in part for Davis' downturn at the plate, as he has a left middle finger injury that he's been dealing with since mid-May.


8/30/2015 | Gose apologizes for mistake in center field

Anthony Gose owned it. The Tigers' center fielder took responsibility for his fourth-inning gaffe in Saturday's 15-1 loss to the Blue Jays, and he said he apologized to starting pitcher Buck Farmer for the run that resulted.


8/30/2015 | Verlander follows one-hit shutout vs. Cueto, KC

This is the Justin Verlander everyone has come to expect, pitching in big matchups as the schedule turns to September. But as he prepares for a Tuesday night meeting with Johnny Cueto and the Royals, he's on the other end of the postseason race than usual.


8/30/2015 | Salazar, Price face off in series opener

The Indians head to Toronto to kick off a nine-game road trip as the Blue Jays continue along their current 10-day, nine-game home stand. Hard-throwing right-hander Danny Salazar will start the series opener for Cleveland, facing off against Toronto's southpaw ace David Price.


8/30/2015 | Blue Jays ride 4 homers to sweep over Tigers

The Blue Jays hit four home runs to help complete the series sweep over the Tigers in a 9-2 victory on Sunday at Rogers Centre. Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Kevin Pillar and Russell Martin went yard as the Blue Jays won their 21st game of the month, one shy of a franchise record.


8/29/2015 | Mental lapse a teachable moment for Gose

The Blue Jays scored more than enough runs in the Tigers' 15-1 loss on Saturday at Rogers Centre. They didn't need any extra. But they also weren't going to turn down a gift. A counting error by Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose gave them one, courtesy of a two-base sacrifice fly.


8/29/2015 | Blue Jays, Tigers set to cap off weekend series

Detroit's Alfredo Simon will face off against Toronto's Mark Buehrle in the finale of a three-game series at Rogers Centre on Sunday. Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion will attempt to extend his hit streak to 25 games.


8/29/2015 | Encarnacion's homer hat trick leads rout of Tigers

Edwin Encarnacion belted three homers, including a grand slam, and Drew Hutchison made an impactful return to the starting rotation, as the Blue Jays crushed the Tigers, 15-1, on Saturday at Rogers Centre. Ian Kinsler drove in Detroit's lone run on an RBI groundout.


8/29/2015 | Ausmus thinks knee may be root of V-Mart's struggles

Victor Martinez started at first base on Saturday for the fourth time in nine games, this time on the spongy artificial surface at Rogers Centre, a sign that his troublesome left knee isn't bothering him. That doesn't mean it's at full strength.


8/29/2015 | VerHagen a good fit for Tigers' bullpen

Drew VerHagen has a low, quiet voice that befits his laid-back personality. He does not come off as an adrenaline junkie. To hear VerHagen talk about a relief role fitting him, however, sounds like an entirely different person on the mound.


8/28/2015 | Boyd takes lesson from homers surrendered

By all statistics, it was a mismatch well before the Blue Jays hit three home runs in a 5-3 Tigers loss Friday night. For the 24-year-old Matt Boyd, however, it was a learning experience in his seventh Major League start.


8/28/2015 | Gose shows power, defensive ability in return

Nine months have passed since the Blue Jays dealt Anthony Gose to Detroit for Devon Travis, but Gose made his presence felt by powering home two of Detroit's three runs and potentially denying Toronto an add-on tally in the Tigers' 5-3 loss.


8/28/2015 | Fulmer wins Eastern League Pitcher of the Year

Before the Tigers acquired Michael Fulmer in the Yoenis Cespedes trade, the big right-hander was a dominant pitcher in the Mets' system at Double-A Binghamton. He didn't let up once he jumped across the league to Erie, and the combined effort earned him the Eastern League's Pitcher of the Year award.


8/28/2015 | Price welcomes former teammates to Toronto

David Price saw his former Tigers teammates Friday afternoon, and it was like he never left. He said hello to defensive coordinator Matt Martin and staff in the dugout long before batting practice. He made his way through the visitors' clubhouse at Rogers Centre and hugged just about everybody.


8/28/2015 | Hutchison returns as Blue Jays take on Tigers

The last time the Tigers' Buck Farmer took the mound, he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, a scoreless outing into the sixth, then gave up three runs without retiring a batter. That in itself is progress, but his work doesn't get any easier against righty Drew Hutchison and a Blue Jays lineup that is crushing the ball against all sorts of pitching right now.


8/28/2015 | Trio of solo blasts power Blue Jays past Tigers

Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista hit solo shots to power the Blue Jays to a 5-3 victory over the Tigers in the series opener at Rogers Centre on Friday.


8/27/2015 | Wolf not yet conceding to Father Time

Randy Wolf continues to work ahead in the count on Father Time. He doesn't need run support for that. He does need it to get a result on the field.


8/27/2015 | Gose still learning to navigate basepaths

On a positive note, Anthony Gose did what no other Tiger could against right-hander Matt Shoemaker on Thursday afternoon, twice reaching base safely during a 2-0 loss to the Angels.


8/27/2015 | Shoemaker leads Angels over hometown Tigers

Pitching in his hometown for the first time, with an assortment of friends and family in the stands, Matt Shoemaker dominated the Tigers at Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon, throwing 7 1/3 innings of one-hit ball while leading the Angels to a 2-0 victory.


8/27/2015 | Tigers' Boyd returns to Toronto to face former club

Rookie left-hander Matt Boyd will start against his former team when his Tigers face the Blue Jays on Friday night in the opening contest of a three-game series at Rogers Centre.


8/27/2015 | Moya moves over to left with Mud Hens

Days before the Tigers will expand their roster, Triple-A Toledo outfielder Steven Moya made a notable position move.


8/27/2015 | McCann maintains calm amid no-no bid

James McCann learns quickly, as one would expect from the son of a rocket scientist. The way McCann handled his late-inning mound visit with Justin Verlander, one would've thought he was the son of a negotiator.


8/27/2015 | Stats of the Day: Verlander eyed no-no No. 3

Bidding to become the sixth pitcher in big league history with at least three no-hitters, Justin Verlander didn't allow a knock until Chris Iannetta lined a single just fair to left field to begin the ninth. Verlander settled for a one-hit shutout as the Tigers blanked the Angels, 5-0.


8/27/2015 | Chalk show: 1 liner spoils Verlander no-no in 9th

Justin Verlander has been here enough times that he's starting to know the club by heart.




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