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.

7.18.14:  2nd round of British Open underway


Rory McIlroy is the leader as play continues today in the second round of the British Open at Royal Liverpool.


McIlroy had 6 birdies and no bogeys in a 66 Thursday and that put him one shot ahead of Italy’s Matteo Manassero.  Tiger Woods birdied 5 of his last 8 holes to climb within 3 shots of the lead.

7.17.14:  American drops out of Tour de France


BOURG-EN-BRESSE, France (AP) — American rider Andrew Talansky withdrew from the Tour de France on Thursday a day after riding for several hours with excruciating back pain.


Talansky says he’s “absolutely heartbroken to leave the Tour de France” because “I built my season around the Tour and the team has supported me every step of the way.”


The 25-year-old Talansky finished last in Wednesday’s 11th stage, more than 30 minutes behind winner Tony Gallopin, even getting off his bike at one stage, clutching his lower back and sitting down for a few minutes to ease the pain. He hoped a night’s rest would resolve the problem “but it proved to be too much.”


Team Garmin-Sharp doctor Kevin Sprouse added that “Andrew is suffering the cumulative effects” of crashes in consecutive stages last week.

7.16.14:  American League beat National League: 5-3


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The American League has won the All-Star game for the second straight year following big hits by Derek Jeter, Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera. Jeter had a pair of leadoff hits, Trout provided a couple of go-ahead RBIs and Cabrera slammed a two-run homer as the AL topped the NL 5-3.


Jeter received a thunderous ovation before hitting a leadoff double to spark the AL’s three-run first inning. Jeter also singled in the third before leaving the game to another standing ovation just before the start of the fourth.


Jeter is a lifetime .481 hitter in the midsummer classic, going 13-for-27. The 14-time All-Star is retiring after the season.


Trout opened the scoring with an RBI triple before scoring on Cabrera’s two-run homer in the first. The American League quickly squandered the three-run lead before Trout came through with a tiebreaking, RBI double in the fifth inning. Trout was named the game’s MVP, the first Angels player to be so honored since Garret Anderson in 2003.


Jonathan Lucroy hit a pair of RBI doubles for the National League, which has lost 14 of the last 18 All-Star games.


Max Scherzer picked up the victory after striking out two in a scoreless fifth inning. Glen Perkins needed just nine pitches to work a perfect ninth and claim the save.


Pat Neshek was the loser, charged with two runs in just 1/3 of an inning.


The National League now leads the all-time series 43-39-2.

7.15.14:  All-Star game includes 3 Tigers


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) —  The Detroit Tigers are sending 3 players to this years All-Star game in Minneapolis this year: Miguel Cabrera, Max Scherzer, and Ian Kinsler.

The Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright and Seattle’s Felix Hernandez will be the starting pitchers for the All-Star game Tuesday night in Minnesota. Wainwright rolled through the first half of the season with a 12-4 mark, tying for the major league lead in victories. His 1.83 ERA is tops in the majors.


Hernandez tops the American League with a 2.12 ERA. He posted an 11-2 mark in the first half. Hernandez becomes just the second Seattle pitcher to start an All-Star game.


In the bullpen for the NL will be defending Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, who already has tossed a no-hitter this year. He’s 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA and fresh off a 41-inning scoreless streak that ended last week.


“It’s going to be great catching them,” said Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy the NL starter behind the plate. “A lot more fun than facing them.”

When baseball’s elite met at Citi Field last year, NL batters managed just three hits in a 3-0 loss. A year earlier in Kansas City, the AL had just six hits in an 8-0 defeat.

The game marks the last time Derek Jeter will appear in an All-Star game. The New York shortstop is retiring at the end of the season and will be making his 14th appearance in the Mid-Summer Classic.


Meanwhile,  Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes is the first back-to-back champion of the Home Run Derby since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998-99. The Oakland slugger defeated Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier 9-1 in the final round of the crowd-pleasing exhibition at Target Field. Cespedes launched one ball in the final that went an estimated 452 feet.