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7.31.14:  Scherzer gets 13th win

 

DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched seven impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers scored six runs in the first inning en route to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

 

Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer in the first and added an RBI single in the seventh for the Tigers, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Scherzer allowed a run and five hits. He struck out six and walked one.

 

Detroit allowed seven runs in the seventh in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday night, but this time the big inning belonged to the Tigers.

 

Hector Noesi allowed six runs and 10 hits in six innings. Chicago slugger Jose Abreu singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 19 games. He has hit safely in 37 of his last 38 games.

 

Adam Dunn homered for the White Sox.

 

The two teams play again this afternoon at 1:08 p.m.


7.30.14:  Abreu hits 31st homer, White Sox pound Tigers 11-4

 

DETROIT (AP) — Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn hit consecutive home runs, part of a seven-run seventh inning that sent the Chicago White Sox to an 11-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

 

Chicago sent 12 hitters to the plate in the seventh and broke the game open against Anibal Sanchez (7-5) and Joakim Soria. Alexei Ramirez added a three-run double in the inning.

 

Jose Quintana (6-7) allowed two runs and nine hits in six innings.

 

Detroit made three errors, including two in that seventh inning. Soria made his first home appearance since the Tigers acquired him in a trade with Texas. He retired only one of the seven hitters he faced and allowed his first two homers of the season.

 

Abreu hit his major league-leading 31st homer of the year. He finished with three hits, extending his hitting streak to 18 games.

 


7.30.14:  NCAA settles head injury lawsuit 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit.

 

The Associated Press has learned that the organization will create a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football and other contact sports.

 

A filing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago says college sports’ governing body also has agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows. The NCAA has been accused of giving too much discretion to individual schools about when athletes can go back into games.

 

This deal stops short of setting aside money to pay players who suffered brain trauma. Instead, athletes can sue individually for damages, and the NCAA-funded tests to gauge the extent of neurological injuries could establish grounds for doing that.


7.28.14:  Tigers fall to the Angels and head to Chicago

 

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — David Freese hit a tiebreaking homer off Joba Chamberlain in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 Sunday for their third straight victory.

 

Erick Aybar scored from second base on Rick Porcello’s poor pickoff throw in the fifth for the Angels, who improved the majors’ second-best record to 63-41 in the finale of a 10-game homestand.

 

Hector Santiago and three Angels relievers combined on a three hitter as Detroit managed just one hit in its final 25 at-bats, getting just one baserunner after the first inning.

 

The Detroit Tigers take Monday off and head to Chicago for a series with the White Sox.

 

Victor Martinez had an RBI double in the first inning for the Tigers, who have lost nine of 10 at the Big A, including three of four in this series.

 


7.25.14:  Scherzer wins 12th, Tigers beat Angels 6-4

 

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nick Castellanos drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double in the sixth inning and Max Scherzer won his fourth straight decision, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.

 

Scherzer tied teammate Rick Porcello and New York’s Masahiro Tanaka for the league lead in wins. He allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings and struck out 11. It was the fourth time this season and 22nd in his career that the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner had double digits in strikeouts.

 

Scherzer, the winning pitcher in the All-Star game, is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA in six starts since giving up 10 runs over four innings in an 11-4 home loss to Kansas City on June 17. That came just five days after the seven-year veteran posted his first complete game and shutout in the major leagues with a three-hitter against the Chicago White Sox.


7.24.14:  Tigers wear down Diamondbacks 11-5

 

PHOENIX (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer, Austin Jackson a three-run double and the Detroit Tigers wore out the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-5 in a slugfest at Chase Field on Wednesday.

 

Detroit roughed up Trevor Cahill, going up 7-0 after four innings behind Jackson’s big hit and three RBIs by Alex Avila.

 

Arizona clawed its way back against Anibal Sanchez, scoring three runs off him in the fifth and two more over the next two innings.

 

Joba Chamberlain needed one pitch to escape a jam created by Sanchez in the seventh inning and Cabrera put the Tigers up 11-5 in the eighth, hitting his 15th homer off the foul pole in left.

 

Meanwhile the Tigers make a trade.   The first-place Tigers have reinforced the back end of their shaky bullpen, acquiring closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitchers Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.

 

The trade was completed Wednesday night during Texas’ rain-shortened loss to the New York Yankees. Soria says he was informed of the deal during the delay at Yankee Stadium.

 

Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 17 saves in 19 chances. Detroit has been looking to upgrade a relief corps that ranked 12th out of 15 American League teams with a 4.37 ERA.

 

Soria moves from the last-place Rangers to the AL Central-leading Tigers and gets reunited with the closer he replaced in Texas this season. Joe Nathan, a Rangers reliever from 2012-13, has a 5.89 ERA and 20 saves in 25 tries this year for Detroit.

 


7.23.14:  Arizona rallies for 5-4 win over Detroit

 

PHOENIX (AP) — Aaron Hill drove in three runs and made a game-ending diving stop, Miguel Montero hit a two-run single in the eighth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

 

Trailing 3-2 in the eighth, Detroit went ahead on Torii Hunter’s two-run single up the middle off Brad Ziegler.

 

Eury De la Rosa got the final two outs in the inning and Arizona rallied when Phil Coke walked two in the bottom half after being hit by a line drive. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases on a two-out walk and Montero came through with his single up the middle off Ian Krol to put Arizona up 5-4.

 

David Peralta tied a team record with two triples and Hill made his diving stop in the outfield grass to help Addison Reed work around a walk in the ninth for his 24th save.


7.22.14:  Hunter and Jackson homer for the Tigers

 

PHOENIX (AP) — Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson homered, Justin Verlander moved into third place on Detroit’s career strikeout list and the Tigers opened their interleague series in Arizona by beating the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Monday night.

 

Miguel Cabrera drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning with a booming single just below the home run line on the Chase Field porch in left-center.

Hunter had a two-run homer in the second, his fifth in the last 15 games. Jackson added a solo shot. Both were off starter Vidal Nuno.

 

Verlander allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings to win for the third time in his last four starts. He struck out five to pass Hal Newhouser on the Tigers’ all-time strikeout list.

 

Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth for his 20th save in 25 opportunities.

 

Gerardo Parra homered for Arizona.


7.21.14:  Smyly helps Tigers top Indians 5-1, avoiding sweep

 

DETROIT (AP) — Drew Smyly allowed four hits in seven innings and Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

 

Smyly did not give up a hit until Yan Gomes’ two-out double in the fifth. The left-hander allowed one run on Gomes’ solo home run in the seventh — and two walks with six strikeouts. Joba Chamberlain walked to in the eighth, and Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation.

 

Josh Tomlin allowed four runs, six hits and a walk over 4 1-3 innings.

 

The AL Central-leading Tigers stopped a four-game losing streak and increased their lead over Cleveland to 5 1-2 games.

 

Cleveland had reached a season-high three games over .500 by winning four in a row.

 

The Detroit Tigers get ready to face Arizona on the road tonight and Justin Verlander will get the start for Detroit.

 


7.18.14:  The second half of the baseball season gets underway tonight

 

The All-Star break is over and the second half of the season is getting underway today.

 

The Detroit Tigers lead the American League Central Division and have a 6 1/2 game lead on Kansas City.

 

The Detroit Tigers will host Cleveland.

The Chicago White Sox will host Houston.

The Chicago Cubs will play this weekend in Arizona.