Verlander pitches Tigers to within a half-game of KC
The Tigers capitalized on some sloppy play by the White Sox in a five-run fourth inning and cruised to a 7-1 victory behind Justin Verlander on Friday night in Chicago. Verlander allowed one run on nine hits, striking out eight, over seven innings as Detroit closed the gap on first-place Kansas City to a half-game.
Ortega designated for assignment after tough stretch
Jose Ortega looked like an upside reliever in the Tigers system not that long ago, a hard-throwing, high-strikeout reliever who had flashes of nasty stuff. His Major League stints, however, have been less impressive. Ortega was designated for assignment on Friday.
Ryan to start Saturday in front of family
Kyle Ryan grew up near the Tigers' Spring Training complex in Florida, and his family has ties to Michigan, so he'll make his Major League debut Saturday night in Chicago in front of a large group of family and friends.
Reed back with Tigers for stretch run
Evan Reed said Friday he was able to concentrate solely on baseball once his legal situation reached a resolution last week. Now, he's hoping to make the best of another chance to find a role in Detroit's bullpen.
Lobstein just what the doctor ordered
With uncertainty surrounding Anibal Sanchez's return from a strained right pectoral muscle, the Tigers were in serious need of another starter to give them a fighting chance at success in that rotation spot. Kyle Lobstein filled that role splendidly on Thursday.
Why an 18-game NFL schedule makes perfect sense
It's time the NFL scrapped two preseason games and extended the regular season to 18 games. More bang for everyone's buck, a win for the fans, a big win for the owners, and a smaller win for the players.