9.29.16:  Tigers beat Cleveland: 6-3



DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning, moments before the game was halted for good, and the Detroit Tigers came away with a rain-shortened 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians Wednesday night. The victory helped Detroit to keep pace with Baltimore in the AL wild-card race.

Detroit trails the Orioles by one game for the AL’s second wild card, and the Tigers certainly caught a break in this one. The rain was a factor throughout the evening — there was also a delay during the third inning — and it was certainly coming down when Detroit began its rally in the fifth at Comerica Park.

With two on and one out, Cabrera hit a line drive over the wall in right off Joseph Colon (1-3) for his 36th homer.

Blaine Hardy (1-0) won in relief of Michael Fulmer, who lasted only 3 1/3 innings on the wet night.



9.28.16:  Tigers rout Cleveland 12-0, pull within 1 game of wild card



DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in five runs in the first two innings, and Justin Verlander struck out 12 to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 12-0 victory Tuesday night against a Cleveland lineup full of backups.

The Indians clinched the AL Central title on Monday night in Detroit, and their starting lineup Tuesday was without Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli and Jose Ramirez. Detroit took full advantage, beating Cleveland for only the third time all year and pulling within a game of Baltimore for the American League’s second wild card.

Verlander (16-8) went 7 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and a walk.

Mike Clevinger (2-3) lasted only two innings, allowing Cabrera’s two-run double in the first and his three-run homer in the second.

Justin Upton added a three-run homer in the seventh, and Andrew Romine hit a two-run shot in the eighth.


9.27.16:  Indians get 7-4 win over Tigers



DETROIT (AP) — The Cleveland Indians clinched the AL Central title Monday night, overcoming an injury to ace right-hander Corey Kluber in a 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Kluber left after four innings with right groin tightness, joining Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar in a group of talented Cleveland pitchers dealing with injuries. But even those concerns were secondary when the Indians poured onto the field to celebrate their first division title since 2007.

Cleveland last made the postseason in 2013 as a wild card.

Coco Crisp and Roberto Perez homered for the Indians, and Jason Kipnis doubled in a run.

Buck Farmer (0-1) allowed four runs in five innings for the Tigers, who fell two games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card.



9.26.16:  Arnold Palmer dies Sunday



UNDATED (AP) — Arnold Palmer was one of the most popular figures ever in golf, generating a fervid fan base while winning seven major championships among his 62 PGA titles. Palmer has died in Pittsburgh at age 87.

Arnold Palmer Enterprises CEO Alastair Johnson confirmed that the golf legend died Sunday of complications from heart problems. Johnson added that Palmer was admitted to the hospital Thursday for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the last few days.

Palmer’s good looks, mischievous demeanor and risky playing style made him a fan favorite while he helped to grow the sport on television. He came off as an “everyman,” as he hitched up his pants, flicked away a cigarette and attack the flags.

Palmer’s playing career included memorable moments at the U.S. Open, where he rallied from seven shots down to win and once blew a seven-stroke lead on the back nine to lose.

Tiger Woods said two years ago that golf wouldn’t be as popular as it is now. “Thanks Arnold for your friendship, counsel and a lot of laughs,” Woods tweeted Sunday night.


9.26.16:   The baseball world is mourning the loss of Jose Fernandez.



Authorities say Marlins right-hander, Jose Fernandez and two others were killed when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty off Miami Beach. The remains of the boat and bodies were found early Sunday morning. A spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says none of the victims wore a life jacket, and that there was no immediate indication that alcohol or drugs were a cause in the crash.

Fernandez won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2013 and had successfully returned to form following Tommy John surgery. The two-time All-Star was 38-17 with a 2.58 ERA in 76 starts over his four-year major league career. He had a 16-8 record with a 2.86 earned run average and 253 strikeouts in 182 1/3 innings this season.

Marlins’ manager Don Mattingly said he’ll always think of Fernandez when he watches children play baseball because that’s how Fernandez approached the game.

Fernandez escaped from Cuba on his fourth try as a teenager and became a U.S. citizen last year.

Sunday’s game between the Marlins and visiting Atlanta Braves was canceled.


9.26.16:  Lions fall to Green Bay, Tigers fall to K.C.




DETROIT (AP) — Salvador Perez homered to cap a cycle by Kansas City’s first four batters of the game, and the Royals went deep three more times to beat Detroit 12-9 Sunday and drop the Tigers in the AL wild-card race. The Tigers’ loss cut Cleveland’s magic number to clinch the AL Central to one — the Indians start a four-game series in Detroit on Monday night.


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the first half to Jordy Nelson, and the Green Bay Packers snapped out of their offensive funk before holding off the Detroit Lions for a 34-27 win Sunday. Marvin Jones’ 35-yard touchdown catch with 3:34 left got Detroit within seven. Jones had a career-high 205 yards on six receptions.


9.23.16:  Tigers Sweep the Twins



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Verlander tied a season-high with 11 strikeouts and the Detroit Tigers moved into the second AL wild-card spot by beating the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Thursday to sweep a day-night doubleheader.

Erick Aybar drove in two runs for Detroit, which moved a half-game ahead of Baltimore for the second wild card and trails Toronto by one game. The Tigers went 9-0 at Minnesota this year.

Victor Martinez had a pinch-hit, three-run homer during a six-run ninth inning as Detroit won the opener 9-2. Justin Upton added his 26th home run.

Verlander (15-8) allowed four hits in six innings, including home runs by Juan Centeno and Byron Buxton. He has won 12 of his last 13 starts against the Twins.

Francisco Rodriguez got three outs for his 44th save in 48 chances



9.21.16:  Tigers celebrate 8-1 win




MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Boyd breezed through eight innings, backed by home runs from James McCann and Miguel Cabrera as the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 8-1 on Tuesday night to step forward in the AL wild card race.

With Baltimore’s loss to Boston, the Tigers cut the deficit between them and the second spot to 1½ games with 12 games to go.

Boyd (6-4) bounced back from an 8-1 defeat by the Twins at home last week, giving up a homer to Robbie Grossman in the seventh among only three hits allowed. He matched his career best with seven strikeouts and walked just one, after being pounded by Minnesota for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings on Sept. 13.

McCann, in the designated hitter role for the injured Victor Martinez, sent a three-run shot into second deck above left-center in a four-run sixth against Hector Santiago (12-9). Cabrera hit his 34th homer the following inning, a two-run drive against Michael Tonkin.



The Detroit Tigers held second baseman Ian Kinsler and designated hitter Victor Martinez out of the lineup last night at Minnesota. Both have injuries stemming from being hit by pitches in their previous game.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Kinsler still felt “a little foggy” two days after a beaning by Cleveland right-hander Trevor Bauer knocked his helmet off and triggered concussion-like symptoms.

Martinez was also hit by Bauer in the same inning on the knee, which remained purple and swollen on Tuesday.

Andrew Romine was playing second base and James McCann was the designated hitter for the start of the three-game series with the Twins.


9.19.16:  Good Sunday for the Tigers, but not the Lions



(AP) — J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton homered as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Cleveland Indians for only the second time in 15 games this season, topping the AL Central leaders 9-5 Sunday. Miguel Cabrera got his 2,500th career hit to help the Tigers pull within seven games of Cleveland. Detroit had been outscored 91-40 in its first 14 games against the Indians this year.



Marcus Mariota moved the Tennessee Titans down the field like a savvy veteran, not a second-year pro, and completed all nine of his throws to complete a 16-15 comeback over the Detroit Lions. The Lions had an opportunity to set up a winning field goal in the final minute for a second straight week, but Matthew Stafford threw an interception to Perrish Cox at midfield with 18 seconds left.

Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah left in the first quarter against Tennessee with a left ankle injury. Detroit also lost running back Ameer Abdullah and tight end Eric Ebron in Sunday’s game, in which the Lions wasted a 15-3 lead and lost 16-15 at Ford Field.


9.16.16:  Dozier’s two-run single helps Twins beat Tigers, 5-1



DETROIT (AP) — Brian Dozier’s two-run single highlighted a four-run second inning and the Minnesota Twins handed the Detroit Tigers a crucial loss, beating them 5-1 on Thursday.

The Tigers were only able to split four games with the lowly Twins, hurting them in the crowded AL wild-card race. Detroit came into the series with a 10-2 record against Minnesota.

Hector Santiago (12-8) got the win, holding the Tigers to one run on six hits.

Mike Pelfrey (4-10) lost in his first major-league appearance since July 31st. He started the game with a 60-pitch limit, but only lasted 36, giving up four runs on five hits in 1 ? innings.

The Twins took the lead in the second on Max Kepler’s RBI single, and he moved to third when Miguel Cabrera missed a pick-off attempt. Eduardo Escobar singled to make it 2-0.