Maybin appears to aggravate thumb injury

Cameron Maybin leaves the game after sliding into second base and getting checked by the trainer DETROIT — Just when the Tigers seemed to be turning the corner on their lengthy injured list, Cameron Maybin appeared to turn his sprained left thumb again. The speedy center fielder left Monday’s game against the White Sox after sliding into second base on a stolen-base attempt. Maybin returned just over a week ago after spending just over two weeks on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb. He admitted upon return that the thumb still bothered him swinging a bat, whether […]

Salty HR saves Tigers, spoils Shields’ start for Sox

Jarrod Saltalamacchia launches a two-run homer to right-center field to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 8th inning Jones (5-3) spotted a 98-mph fastball on the corner to strike out Justin Upton , but left a 97-mph heater over the heart of the plate to Saltalamacchia, who skied a ball deep to right-center just over the out-of-town scoreboard. Saltalamacchia’s 12th home run of the season was his fifth to change a lead in the sixth inning or later. Justin Wilson (4-4) stranded runners at second and third with a strikeout of Todd Frazier to […]

Timing is everything: Salty continues to be clutch

Jarrod Saltalamacchia launches a two-run homer to right-center field to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 8th inning DETROIT — The out-of-town scoreboard at Comerica Park, nestled inside the high wall in right-center field, looks so far away from home plate that it might actually be out of town. It’s where Alex Rodriguez once said he hit a ball as hard as he possibly could and had to settle for a double. So, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia thought he had a go-ahead home run on contact with Nate Jones ‘ 97-mph eighth-inning fastball in Monday […]

Castellanos able to put on glove, play catch

After getting hit with a pitch, Nick Castellanos exits the game due to a broken bone in his left hand DETROIT — When most injured players begin playing catch, the emphasis is on stretching out the distance on throws to strengthen the arm. For Nick Castellanos and his fractured left hand, simply catching a ball is a step in the right direction. The Tigers third baseman is not catching hard throws or batted balls, more like soft tosses from about 90 feet. And at that, he’s not even squeezing the glove much. But once he could put his third […]

Cabrera, Upton homer to lead Tigers over Twins 9-4

View photosMore Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, right, jogs past Minnesota Twins first baseman Trevor Plouffe on a solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Tyler Duffey in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Cabrera has been just what the Detroit Tigers expect in the middle of the order. Justin Upton is getting back to the player they hoped would deepen their lineup. Cabrera had four hits, including his 28th home run, and Upton added a three-run homer as Detroit beat the Minnesota Twins 9-4 on […]

Standings can deceive in multiteam postseason races

View photosMore Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph loses control of the ball as New York Mets’ Asdrubal Cabrera (13) beats the throw to first base of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in New York. Cabrera was injured on the play. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Of the 30 teams in the major leagues, 18 are either in playoff position or within 3 1/2 games of a spot. That’s enough to give a lot of fans hope down the stretch – but there’s a catch. The more contenders there are in a postseason race, the harder it is […]

Watch Live: Brewers take on Rockies in Free Game of the Day

On Tuesday night, Milwaukee Brewers super-utility man Hernan Perez came through for his team in a big way. Down 4-3 to the Colorado Rockies in the seventh inning, Perez knocked a two-run triple down the right field line and into the corner. Those runs put the Brewers up for good, and they’d win 6-4. For Perez, a guy whose first team had given up on him just over a year ago, it was a pretty good night. You can watch the Brewers close out their series with the Rockies, and you can watch for free because it’s Yahoo Sports’ […]

“Worn out” Ortiz still producing in last year with Red Sox

View photosMore FILE – In this Aug. 12, 2016, file photo, Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz, right, watches his solo home run in front of Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tuffy Gosewisch during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Boston. It seems like everybody wants their chance to say goodbye to Bostons beloved Big Papi. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File) BOSTON (AP) — In what’s become a regular scene, David Ortiz stepped into the dugout, preparing for batting practice, when a team staff member asked if he was ready. Not far away, a group of fans waited to be brought in, […]

Kinsler down from top spot for first time in 2016

Ian Kinsler cranks a leadoff home run to left field, giving the Tigers an instant 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning "Just change his luck, maybe," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He’s been barreling the ball up, getting under it a little sometimes, sometimes hitting it right at people. So we’ll see if it helps. There’s no mathematical formula behind it." Nobody in baseball has more games (124) or at-bats (514) in the leadoff spot this season, and it’s not close. Arizona’s Jean Segura entered Monday with 496 at-bats atop the D-backs’ order. The next-closest total to […]

Angels hold off Tigers in ejection-marred game

View photosMore Los Angeles Angels’ C.J. Cron singles to drive in Kole Calhoun against the Detroit Tigers during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) DETROIT (AP) — Detroit stars Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez were ejected, along with manager Brad Ausmus and hitting coach Wally Joyner in a series of balls-and-strikes disputes as Tigers’ five-game winning streak ended Saturday night in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels . Kaleb Cowart hit his second career home run and C.J. Cron added an RBI single for the Angels. Victor […]