LEADING OFF: Shields tries for rebound, Greinke on the road

. View gallery New York Mets’ Matt Harvey delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the … A look at what’s happening all around the majors today: — SLUMPING SHIELDS Right-hander James Shields (2-9, 6.28) looks to end a terrible stretch for the White Sox. In three starts since being acquired from San Diego, Shields has given up 21 runs over 8 2/3 innings. He’s also the majors’ first pitcher since 2012 to allow six runs or more in four straight starts. Righty Rick Porcello (8-2, 3.76) looks to improve his Fenway Park record […]

White Sox-Red Sox preview

BOSTON — Two pitchers who signed big contracts before last season, but are now experiencing completely different results, go against each other Thursday at Fenway Park. Rick Porcello , who signed an $82.5 million extension before ever throwing a pitch for the Boston Red Sox and James Shields , he of the four-year, $75 million contract with the San Diego Padres and now with the Chicago White Sox, close the four-game series in the matinee affair, as the White Sox look for the four-game road sweep, which would be their first four-gamer at Fenway since 1927. Porcello, who struggled […]

Mariners-Tigers preview

DETROIT — Reformatted rotations come into play Thursday afternoon when the Detroit Tigers host the Seattle Mariners in the finale of a four-game series. Seattle has right-hander Adrian Sampson (0-1, 7.71 ERA) making his second start, as the Mariners are missing three starters from their usual rotation. Sampson will oppose Tigers lefty Daniel Norris , who will make his first major league start of the year. The Mariners hopes to have Wade Miley (left shoulder impingement) back soon and then Felix Hernandez (strained right calf). On Wednesday, Seattle obtained lefty Wade LeBlanc from the Toronto Blue Jays ‘ organization, […]

Moya homers twice, Tigers beat Seattle 5-1

. View gallery DETROIT (AP) — Steven Moya is finally showing off a bit of his power at the major league level. Moya homered twice, and the Detroit Tigers withstood a shaky fifth inning from right-hander Michael Fulmer to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-1 on Wednesday night. After slugging his way through the minors, the 6-foot-6 Moya was without a home run in his first 31 games for the Tigers – but he hit one Sunday and then added a couple more Wednesday. ”You have that first one and you know like, ‘OK man, I can hit home runs […]

Tigers host Mariners in the MLB Free Game of the Day

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Weekly Rotation: David Ortiz and the five best farewell seasons

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Upton hits 2nd HR of game in 12th, Tigers beat Mariners 8-7

. View gallery DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera crushed a home run that traveled so far it bounced all the way out of Comerica Park. Justin Upton ‘s long drives sent the Tigers home with a win. Upton hit a liner over the left-field wall in the 12th inning for his second homer of the game, lifting Detroit past the Seattle Mariners 8-7 on Monday night. ”There’s been a lot of ballgames that I could’ve helped, but I didn’t,” said Upton, who entered the game batting just .234 with six homers and 28 RBIs. ”So to win it tonight […]

Tigers rally in late innings to beat Mariners 4-2

. View gallery DETROIT (AP) — Mike Aviles tapped a slow roller toward first base and there was nothing the Seattle Mariners could do with it. Aviles drove in the tiebreaking run with an infield single in the eighth inning, and the Detroit Tigers went on to beat the Mariners 4-2 on Tuesday night. Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer off Justin Verlander in the sixth to give Seattle a 2-0 lead, but Detroit chipped away in the late innings. ”Aviles had an excellent at-bat,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. ”It doesn’t always have to be pretty, but we […]

Ryan evolves, emerges as Tigers’ 2nd lefty reliever

Kyle Ryan strikes out Robinson Cano with a runner on to end the top of the 10th inning DETROIT — The Tigers sent Kyle Ryan to Triple-A Toledo three weeks ago with instruction to improve his offspeed pitches. He went down and worked on locating his fastball. It sounds like Ryan wasn’t listening, but he knew exactly what he was doing. "My offspeed, I was throwing it well, but I wasn’t setting it up the correct way," he explained Thursday morning before earning the victory in a 5-4 win over Seattle in the afternoon. "What I mean by that […]

Ausmus, Tigers pull out all the stops in extras

Ian Kinsler elects to throw home on a grounder to prevent Shawn O’Malley from crossing the dish in the top of the 10th inning As getaway games go, it was pretty crazy. The Tigers win the game as Cameron Maybin comes in to score on a wild pitch by Steve Cishek in the bottom of the 10th "Hey, we were running short, too," manager Brad Ausmus said. The oddities began in the first inning, before Mariners starter Adrian Sampson could throw his first official pitch. He felt discomfort in his elbow while warming up, forcing Seattle manager Scott Servais […]