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​​BY MIKE KILLBREATH

Posted September 1, 2017

​Red-hot Indians sweep twinbill from slumping Tigers in Detroit

   DETROIT — The Cleveland Indians matched their longest winning streak of the season by sweeping a doubleheader at Comerica Park in Detroit Friday. They won 3-2 in the opener when Miguel Cabrera struck out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th inning and then romped to a 10-0 victory in the nightcap.

   It was the first action for the Tigers after trading away star pitcher Justin Verlander shortly before the midnight deadline on Thursday for Major League Baseball teams to finalize rosters.

   The Indians have outscored opponents 63-15 during a nine-game winning streak that has now opened an 8 1/2 game lead over the second-place Minnesota Twins in the American League's Central Division. The Tigers are next-to-last in the Central and now 20 games behind the first-place Indians.

   Friday's sweep also marked the second twinbill sweep in three days by the red-hot Indians.

   Roberto Perez belted a solo home run as part of a three-RBI game to lead the nightcap romp in Detroit. A 9th inning RBI single by Francisco Lindor broke a 2-2 tie in the opener after a one-out triple by Jay Bruce off usually reliable Shayne Greene who took the loss.

   Jose Iglesias delivered an RBI double in the 5th inning and Mike Mahtook got the Tigers even at 2-2 with an RBI infield single off closer Cody Allen in the 8th inning.

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BY MIKE KILLBREATH

Posted July 31, 2017

​Detroit Tigers trade veteran Alex Avila, closer Justin Wilson to Cubs for pair of top young prospects

   DETROIT (CCN) — The Detroit Tigers didn't wait until Monday's 4 pm trading deadline to make another big deal. They traded away two more of their top players late Sunday to the Chicago Cubs for a pair of young prospects. They sent closer Justin Wilson and veteran catcher Alex Avila Sunday night to the defending World Series champions after an earlier trade that sent fan favorite J.D. Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The trade wasn't officially announced by the Tigers until Monday morning despite widespread media reports late Sunday night.  Click Here to Read More


​​​Detroit TIgers manage only one hit in 3-0 loss at Pittsburgh to Pirates

   PITTSBURGH (CCN) — The Detroit Tigers were beaten 3-0 Monday night in Pittsburgh for their third straight loss. They lost their last two games in Baltimore after opening the four-game series with victories on Thursday and Friday to create their first four-game winning streak of the season.

   Jordan Zimmerman pitched 7 strong innings for the Tigers in a bid to level his record at 8-8. He was behind 1-0 when pinch hitter John Jason blasted a full count curve ball into the right field stands for a two-run homer. The PIrates had nursed a 1-0 lead until then after Francisco Cervelli's second-inning RBI double came on a full-count slider. 

   Trevor Williams also went 7 innings for the Pirates and he allowed only one hit. 



​​BY MIKE KILLBREATH

Posted July 31, 2017

​Justin Verlander tosses 6 innings of shutout ball as Detroit Tigers roll 13-1 over American League's best team; Was it Verlander's finale?

   DETROIT — Justin Verlander had just completed pitching six innings of shutout baseball. He walked off the mound Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park for what could be the final time as a Detroit Tiger and tipped his hat to the fans as he approached the dugout. It's something Verlander said he wished he had done after his last exit from a game at Comerica Park as trade rumors had begun heating up.

   Verlander made a case for management to keep the team together as the Tigers beat the American League's best team for the second game in a row Sunday. They won 13-1 over the Houston Astros after rallying to beat them on Saturday night.




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