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9/20/2014 | Pitched battle goes to man with most weapons

The score was 3-2, and the Tigers' second straight win over the Royals on Saturday seemingly came down to a few key plays. And it did. But it also came about because Max Scherzer masterfully used his four-pitch arsenal to confound the Kansas City batters

9/20/2014 | Avila progressing from concussion symptoms

Tigers catcher Alex Avila, who is out this week while dealing with the aftereffects of a concussion, is expected to take batting practice on Sunday to see if he's nearing readiness for a return.

9/20/2014 | Here's the takeaway: Royals lose go-ahead run on reversal

After further review, a Tigers middle-infield calamity became a game-changing escape. However, it wasn't replay, but an umpires' conference, that ruled Salvador Perez never tagged up for the Royals' would-be go-ahead run in the sixth inning of their AL Central showdown on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.

9/20/2014 | McCann gets ribbing for around-the-horn throw

James McCann, who had two hits and his first stolen base in a 10-1 win over the Royals, also had a few friendly reminders from teammates that a Major League inning consists of three outs. That wasn't entirely clear when he started to throw the ball around the horn upon Raul Ibanez's swing and miss to end the seventh.

9/20/2014 | V-Mart makes history by notching 100 RBIs

When Victor Martinez drove in Miguel Cabrera with a single in Friday's 10-1 win over the Royals, he ensured his fifth 100-RBI season and his first since 2011, Martinez's first year as a Tiger. Never, however, had he posted 30 homers to go with it.

9/20/2014 | Suarez starting trend at short against Royals

Eugenio Suarez started once in a 12-day stretch before returning to his spot at shortstop, as his start on Saturday against the Royals was his second in 24 hours. Manager Brad Ausmus is hoping the break has refocused Suarez and his swing for the stretch run.

9/20/2014 | Porcello, Tigers eye sweep of key AL Central set

Rick Porcello and the Tigers will go for the series sweep against Jeremy Guthrie and the Royals in a clash of AL Central title contenders on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

9/20/2014 | Tigers put pinch on KC to stretch AL Central lead

Max Scherzer fired seven strong innings and pinch-hitter Tyler Collins delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the the seventh to help lift the first-place Tigers to a 3-2 win over the Royals on Saturday.

9/20/2014 | McCann catches on quick with first MLB hits

James McCann is viewed as a very realistic candidate to take over the Tigers' front-line catching duties one day. The audition period, however, has arrived sooner than anyone thought, starting with his two-hit performance in Friday night's 10-1 win over the Royals.

9/19/2014 | Heart of a lion? No, heart of Tigers beats in KC

With a 10-1 win on Friday night, the Tigers guaranteed themselves a 152nd day atop the American League Central. Now the pressure is squarely on the Royals for the final two games of the series at Kauffman Stadium.

9/19/2014 | Anibal nearing return, set to throw sim game

Anibal Sanchez is now potentially one step away from rejoining the Tigers' pitching staff for the final week of the regular season. The right-hander, out since early August with a right pectoral muscle strain, is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Sunday.

9/19/2014 | Avila says he's been sidelined by concussion

Tigers catcher Alex Avila is calling his injury a concussion. His manager is calling it the aftereffects of a concussion. That has become clear while Avila struggles with dizziness and disorientation during physical activity. What isn't clear is when Avila might return.

9/19/2014 | Shields, Royals aim to rebound in playoff chase

James Shields and the Royals will look to bounce back in a key series to close the gap on Max Scherzer and the first-place Tigers on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.

9/19/2014 | Tigers' bats blast Royals to stretch Central lead

Justin Verlander fired 7 1/3 strong innings, while Ian Kinsler's two-run homer capped a five-run fifth that sealed the first-place Tigers' 10-1 win over the Royals on Friday night.

9/18/2014 | Tigers ready for 'Septober' showdown with Royals

Torii Hunter has a name for this -- playoff-race baseball with an October atmosphere. It is not postseason baseball. Nothing matches the playoffs, says the man who signed with the Tigers two years ago with an eye toward his first World Series berth. But the implications are nonetheless huge.

9/18/2014 | Royals, Tigers battle for first place in Kansas City

The Royals and Tigers, who sit in first place by a half-game, engage in a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium starting Friday that will go a long way in determining the fate of the American League Central. Justin Verlander and Jason Vargas will square off Friday night.

9/17/2014 | Tigers' lead down to half-game after loss to Twins

Miguel Cabrera's four hits weren't enough to overcome a shaky outing by David Price on Wednesday, when the Twins defeated the Tigers, 8-4, at Target Field. The loss, coupled with the Royals' win over the White Sox, leaves Detroit just a half-game ahead of Kansas City in the American League Central heading into the weekend series at Kauffman Stadium.

9/17/2014 | Martinez making history with heroics

When J.D. Martinez pointed skyward and watched his opposite-field homer carry over the right-field overhang on Tuesday night for a go-ahead three-run homer, he had his eighth home run in the ninth inning or later. That ties Alex Rodriguez's 2007 American League MVP heroics for the second-most ninth-inning homers in a season since 1914.

9/16/2014 | MLB announces Clemente Award nominees

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet announced on Tuesday the names of the 30 club nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, and fan voting will begin Wednesday, Roberto Clemente Day, to help decide who succeeds Carlos Beltran as the winner of the prestigious community honor handed out annually at the World Series.

9/16/2014 | Detroit looks to keep motoring in Minnesota

Following a win in the series opener against Minnesota on Monday, Detroit has won seven of its last eight and looks to keep the gas pedal pressed to the floor with a 1 1/2-game lead over Kansas City in the American League Central. Taking the mound on Tuesday night is Rick Porcello, who will be opposed by veteran right-hander Ricky Nolasco.

9/15/2014 | Back-to-back jacks in ninth keep Tigers on pace

Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back homers leading off the top of the ninth inning on Monday to bail out the bullpen, and the Tigers opened a three-game series with an 8-6 win over the Twins at Target Field.

9/15/2014 | Ausmus not committing to rotation vs. Royals

Brad Ausmus continues to hold off on announcing his starting pitchers for next weekend's showdown against the Royals. He insists, however, that it's not a matter of gamesmanship. "There's some moving parts right now," he said, "so we're not locked in."

9/15/2014 | Tigers exercising caution with Avila

As expected, Alex Avila was not behind the plate on Monday night after leaving Sunday's game with a headache and lightheadedness. He's still considered day to day.

9/15/2014 | Relief work may be in Anibal's future

Anibal Sanchez took a big step toward a return on Monday, when he threw a bullpen session. Whether he ends up in the bullpen of a potential postseason roster is an entirely different question, but Brad Ausmus is acknowledging the possibility.

9/14/2014 | Avila day to day, exits with lightheadedness

While the Tigers have momentum in the American League Central once again, they face lingering questions about whether they have their catcher. A week after Alex Avila returned from concussion symptoms, he left Sunday's 6-4 win over the Indians with what the team classified as lightheadedness.

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