8.28.15:  Shoemaker shuts down hometown Tigers, pitches Angels to win



DETROIT (AP) — Matt Shoemaker pitched one-hit ball into the eighth inning in his hometown ballpark, Albert Pujols drove in one run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 Thursday.

The Angels began the day trailing Minnesota by one game for the second American League wild-card spot, with Texas also a half-game ahead of them.

Shoemaker (6-9) went to high school about 30 minutes from Comerica Park and attended Eastern Michigan University, a school that has a large ad on the right field fence. He dominated the Tigers in his first game in Detroit, permitting just a single by Anthony Gose in the third.

Shoemaker walked one and struck out five in 7 1-3 innings.

Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 31st save, finishing the combined two-hitter.

Randy Wolf (0-2) pitched well enough to win in his second start since June 2014. He gave up one run on five hits and two walks in seven innings, striking out five.


8.27.15:  Verlander takes no-hit bid into 9th, Tigers beat Angels 5-0



DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander lost a bid for his third no-hitter when Chris Iannetta lined a leadoff double in the ninth inning that landed barely fair on the left-field line, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-0 Wednesday night.

Trying to become the sixth major leaguer to throw three no-hitters, Verlander settled instead for a one-hit shutout.

He was an inch away from so much more.

Iannetta’s shot kicked up chalk and rolled into the left-field corner. Verlander attempted to will it foul with body English, then arched his back in disappointment after the ball hit right on the line.

Verlander hasn’t won since July 29, but entered with a 2.00 ERA over his past four starts.

Verlander’s most recent no-hitter came at Toronto on May 7, 2011. He also pitched one against Milwaukee on June 12, 2007.



8.26.15:   3 wild pitches help Angels beat Tigers 8-7



DETROIT (AP) — Albert Pujols homered and the Los Angeles Angels scored three times on wild pitches in an 8-7 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

Both teams came into the game with four-game losing streaks, dropping the Angels 1 ½ games behind Texas for the second American League wild-card spot and the Tigers to sixth, 5 ½ games back.

Jered Weaver (6-9) picked up the win, despite allowing six runs on seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. Weaver struck out one batter and didn’t issue a walk.

Huston Street got the final four outs for his 30th save.

Alfredo Simon (11-8) struggled badly, giving up eight runs on nine hits, four walks and three wild pitches. He struck out two.


8.25.15:  10-run 6th inning helps Reds beat Tigers



CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Phillips drove in four runs with a home run and a triple during Cincinnati’s 10-run sixth inning and the Reds nabbed a 12-5 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. Former Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez homered and doubled during Cincinnati’s biggest inning since scoring 10 runs against Arizona in 2005. Skip Schumaker gave the Reds a 6-5 lead with a two-run single.

8.24.15:  Piece of concrete falls at Comerica Park after Tigers game



DETROIT (AP) — An official with the Detroit Tigers says no one was hurt when a piece of concrete fell onto a Comerica Park concourse after a game at the baseball stadium.

Ron Colangelo, the team’s vice president of communications, says stadium operations reported a piece of a concrete fell at the 100-level concourse after Sunday’s game against the Texas Rangers. He says the stadium was “pretty clear at the time.”

Officials will look into what caused the concrete to fall. He says they’ve isolated the area.

The Tigers’ next scheduled game at Comerica Park is Tuesday night. The team played its first season there in 2000.




8.24.15:  Napoli, Gimenez hit HRs as Rangers top Tigers 4-2



DETROIT (AP) — Cole Hamels threw six strong innings, and Mike Napoli and Chris Gimenez homered as the Texas Rangers held onto the second America League wild card spot with a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

The Rangers, who have won nine of their last 11 games, started the day with a half-game lead over the Angels, with Baltimore another half-game back.

Hamels (7-8) got the win, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks. He struck out two. Shawn Tolleson, the third Rangers reliever, pitched the ninth for his 25th save.

Matt Boyd (1-4) gave up three runs on five hits and three walks in six innings.

Mitch Moreland put Texas ahead with a two-run double in the sixth.

Adrian Beltre and Rangers manager Jeff Banister were both ejected in the fifth inning.



8.21.15:  Simon throws 1-hitter, Tigers beat Rangers 4-0



DETROIT (AP) — Alfredo Simon threw a one-hitter in his first career complete game and the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 4-0 on Thursday night in a matchup of AL wild-card contenders.

Texas entered play 1½ games behind the Los Angeles Angels for the second wild-card spot, while the Tigers were three games further back.

The Rangers’ only hit came with two outs in the fifth, moments after first baseman Victor Martinez had made a diving stop to rob Mitch Moreland of a base hit. Rougned Odor ended the no-hitter with a double to left, but Texas never got a runner past second base.

Simon (11-7) walked two and struck out five. He threw 116 pitches, three short of his career high.

Martin Perez (1-3) took the loss for Texas, giving up three runs, six hits and three walks. He struck out four.


8.20.15:  Tigers pounded Jon Lester in 15-8 win



CHICAGO (AP) — Pitcher Daniel Norris homered in his first career plate appearance, Nick Castellanos went deep twice, one a grand slam, and the Detroit Tigers pounded Jon Lester in a 15-8 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

The Tigers set season highs in runs and hits (21) and tied one with five homers — three off Lester. It was also the second time this season that they reached double digits in scoring in consecutive games, after winning 10-8 on Tuesday.

The Cubs dropped their third straight after winning nine in a row and 15 of 16, with Lester (8-9) making his earliest exit of the season.

The Cubs’ ace lasted just 2 2-3 innings in his shortest outing since 2012 while allowing a season-high seven runs.

Norris became the 19th pitcher and first since 2011 to homer in his first major league at-bat, according to STATS.


8.18.15:  Few options for activists after college labor union blocked


CHICAGO (AP) — Activists vow not to abandon their fight to organize college sports after the National Labor Relations Board blocked a historic bid by Northwestern football players to unionize.

But it’s not clear where the battle might head next.

Tim Waters is a United Steelworkers official. His union bankrolled the Wildcats’ union drive. Waters calls the NLRB’s Monday decision “a setback” but not “a body blow.”

There’s no avenue to appeal the ruling. Still, Waters says activists could file new union petitions on behalf of teams in another region.

But former NLRB general counsel Ronald Meisburg says Waters’ optimism isn’t justified.

He says Monday’s ruling will likely compel regional NLRB offices nationwide to flatly reject all future petitions.

He says the ruling “puts the nail in the coffin of organizing college players.”



8.17.15:  Day wins Wanamaker Trophy



SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Jason Day held at least a share of the 54-hole lead in each of the last three majors. This time, he closed the deal.

Day has won the PGA Championship with a record-setting performance that left him three shots ahead of reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth. The 27-year-old Australian closed with a 5-under 67 for a 20-under total, breaking Tiger Woods’ major championship record for most strokes under par. Woods finished at 19-under when he captured the 2000 British Open at St. Andrews.

Day started the final round with a two-shot lead and continued to extend that advantage. He birdied the par-5 16th hole to get to minus-20 before closing with back-to-back pars.

Day showed his emotions following his first major victory. He closed the U.S. Open in June with a 74 to finish tied for ninth and had to settle for a fourth-place tie at the British Open last month before conquering Whistling Straits.

Spieth fell short in his bid to join Ben Hogan and Woods as the only players to win three majors in the same season. However, his second-place showing allowed him to pass Rory McIlroy as the world’s top-ranked golfer.

Branden Grace finished alone in third at 15-under, one stroke ahead of Justin Rose. Brooks Koepka and Anirban Lahiri tied for fifth at 13 under.