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Lack of starting pitching gives Boston an 11-1 win over Detroit. Shane Greene lasted 4 1/3 innings allowing five runs. An overworked bullpen allowed six more. Greene started well, but run into trouble when got pitches up and over the middle of the plate. Greene has now failed to make it out of the sixth inning for the seventh straight start. David Ortiz had a pair of three run bombs for Detroit.

Detroit's hitters compounded the problem being unable to pick up the fastball getting only three hits, one a home run by Nick Castellanos.

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Detroit's offense takes on a look of ineptitude in a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay. Detroit got only one over the first six innings and five for the game and could not keep former farmhand Curt Casali in the ballpark. Starter Anibal Sanchez threw 24 pitches in the first inning and a hanging slider in the fourth to Casali that gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead. Sanchez lasted 5 1/3 innings allowing three earned runs on eight hits. After Detroit pulled to within 3-2 in the eighth, Bruce Rondon threw a fastball over the plate that landed over the left field fence a few inside the foul pole.

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Justin Verlander comes out on top of a pitcher's duel in a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay. Verlander retired the first 14 batters before Asdrubel Cabrera homered on an 0-1 pitch. Cabrera became a central figure in Detroit's win. Tampa starter Chris Archer took a perfect game into the seventh retiring the first 19 batters before Jose Iglesias beat out a routine bouncing ball to Cabrera at short for Detroit's first.
Cabrera booted a potential inning ending double play ball before J.D. Martinez grounder to left tied the score. Nick Castellanos lined a single off Cabrera's glove for the go ahead score.

Defensive plays by Cabrera in the fourth and leaping catch by Kevin Kiermeier in the sixth kept Detroit off the bases.

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Detroit survives another bullpen meltdown for a 9-8 win over Baltimore. Detroit jumped out to a 7-0 lead including a five run fourth taking advantage of mistakes by starter Miguel Gonzalez who lasted 3 1/3 innings. Alfredo Simon pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing only two hits, but those came on splitters left up in the zone and over the plate and followed walks. Detroit needed three relievers to get through the seventh inning. Shane was tagged for three runs and Al Alburquerque surrended Baltimore's final run.

David Price was sent to Toronto for three relievers, Joakim Soria went to Pittsburgh for an infielder, and Yoenis Cespedes was dealt to the New York Mets for two minor leaguers. With any luck, Detroit will have gotten the pitching help it needs.

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Once again, poor pitching cannot support a heavy hitting Detroit lineup in an 8-7 loss to Baltimore. Buck Farmer made into the fifth inning, but a hanging changeup to Adam Jones that accounted for three runs finished Farmer's night. A fielding error in the fourth let in the Orioles' first run. Jose Valdez threw a fastball in the sixth that Manny Machado sent over the fence to give Baltimore its first lead at 7-6 after trailing 6-0. Anthony Gose misplayed a single that allowed another run to score.

A relay throw in the seventh nailed Jose Iglesias at the plate. Ian Kinsler, had doubled and moved to third on the play at the plate, scored on an infield groundout by Victor Martinez. Detroit ranks 13th in the American League in ERA and we can hope the pitching prospects acquired at the trading deadline can make a positvie impact.

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Detroit is shut down on six hits in a 6-2 Baltimore win. Kevin Gausman pitched seven innings allowing two runs on four hits, one a fastball over the middle of the plate that Nick Castellanos sent into the right center field seats. Anibal Sanchez continues to have problems with the gopher ball and that accounted for three of Baltimore's runs.

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Daniel Norris shuts down Baltimore in a 6-1 Detroit win. Norris pitched 7 1/3 innings allowing one run, Chris Davis' 26 home run, on four

hits and needed only 79 pitches. J.D. Martinez sent a hanging splitter into the seats in the first for Detroit's first three runs. The Orioles chipped in with some sloppy play including allowing multiple bases on a wild pitch, a line drive to centerfield that was misplayed into a triple, and throw from the outfield that hit the second baseman in the leg.

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Kansas City takes advantage of mistakes by Justin Verlander to take a 5-1 win over Detroit. Salvador Perez had three hits, including a two run shot in the fourth, for the Royals, all on fastballs over the plate. Alex Rios had an RBI double on a play Rajai Davis was a bit hestitant on. Danny Duffy held Detroit to one run on five hits.

Detroit still missed chances in the fifth and seventh innings. In the fifth, a bases loaded one situation was wasted when Anthony Gose grounded into a force at the plate and Davis popped up. A first and third situation was wasted on a bad baserunning decision by Nick Castellanos when broke for home on a force at second and was a dead duck.

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Matt Boyd shuts down Kansas City with fastballs in a 2-1 Detroit win. Boyd mixed in a few offspeed pitches and induced 12 flyouts and popups. The dimensions of Comerica Park are apparently suited for Boyd's game. Kansas City's only run came on an RBI triple by Kendrys Morales. Detroit got only five hits, but two of them were triples. The first was an RBI triple in the third by Anthony Gose who caught centerfielder Lorenzo Cain playing too shallow. Ian Kinsler tripled in the fourth and scored on a groundout. The Royals left five runners in scoring position and were 0 for 6 six in that situation.

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Ian Kinsler sends a 2-0 fastball into the Kansas City in the bottom of the ninth to give Detroit an 8-6 win. It also bailed out another bullpen misadventure. Anibal Sanchez struggled with command issues in the third inning allowing three runs before anyone was out but got out of the inning without further damage. A hanging slider to Drew Butera in the seventh ended Sanchez's day. Neftali Feliz allowed his first two batters to reach before inducing a soft linedrive doubleplay. Blaine Hardy issued a walk and hung a changeup to Kendrys Morales who lined it down the leftfield line for a tying two run double. Bruce Rondon fared much better needing only 10 pitches to retire the side in order striking out the first two hitters. Alex Wilson worked out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth to get the win.

Key plays were Kansas City's failure to complete two inning ending doubleplays in the third and fifth. Both were the result of take out slides and allowed Kinsler to beat the relay throw. And both resulted in home runs by Victor Martinez, the first with two on off a fastball over the plate and the second off a hanging changeup with one on.

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Boston takes advantage of Daniel Norris' struggle with location in a 7-2 win over Detroit. Norris got behind in the count frequently and put too many pitches in the hitters' zone including a hanging slider to David Ortiz in the third. Norris lasted 3 1/3 innings allowing five runs on nine hits.

Detroit also failed to put together hits to mount a threat missing chances in the fifth and ninth innings. A linedrive double in the fitth ended that threat and a bases loaded one out situation was wasted when Jose Iglesias struck and Ian Kinsler grounded out. Detroit stranded 10 runners, six in scoring position.

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Victor Martinez's two run homer on a hanging forkball in the seventh inning gives Detroit a 7-6 win over Boston. Blaine Hardy got the win in relief, but allowed two inherited runners to score in the top half of the seventh. Detroit would have trouble keeping David Ortiz off the bases allowing three hits, including a two run homer on a cut fastball that found too much of the inside part of the plate. Rajai Davis also had a two run shot for Detroit. Bruce Rondon got his first save of the year facing four batters.

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A fielding error in the second inning and a faltering bullpen give Boston a 7-2 win over Detroit. A two out fielding error by Ian Kinsler led to two runs despite the fact Boston didn't get a ball out of the infield. Tom Gorzelany surrendered a home run to Jackie Bradley in the seventh and Bradley lined a fastball down the right field line for a bases loaded triple in the eighth after an intentional walk.

Detroit was unable to take advantage of six walks handed out by Boston, four by starter Henry Owens getting only four hits. The Tigers missed chances in the 2nd, 6th, and 7th innings. Jeff Marte actually homered in the seventh for Detroit, but the next three hitters went out in order.

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Johnny Cueto shuts out Detroit on four hits in a 4-0 Kansas City win over Detroit. Cueto mixed in offspeed pitches with the two and four seam fastballs and didn't allow a runner past second base. Detroit Matt Boyd put too many fastballs over the plate in allowing three runs on four hits in the first inning. A two run double by Lorenzo Cain was all the support Cueto would need. Boyd pitched 5 1/3 innings without allowing another run and a total of nine hits.

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Yordano Ventura combines with two relievers to shut down Detroit on one run and four hits in a 6-1 Kansas City win over Detroit. Defensive plays helped keep Detroit off the scoreboard. In the fourth, Lorenzo Cain fielded a ball in the gap to hold Tyler Collins to a single. James McCann reached on a force at second and was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a double by Jeff Marte. In the sixth, McCann's linedrive was snagged on one hop and turned into a force at second and Paulo Orlando's running catch in the seventh prevented a two run triple by Ian Kinsler.

Anibal Sanchez once again had problems keeping pitches in the ballpark surrendering three gopher balls and is tied for the major league at 28.

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A combination of the starting pitcher left in too long and defensive lapses allow Detroit to score four runs in the eighth inning and claim a 7-4 win over Kansas City. Royals starter Edinson Volquez had sailed through the first seven innings and retired 12 straight batters before allowing first four to reach Ian Kinsler tied the game on a two run double. With the infield drawn in, Alcides Escobar misplayed a ground ball allowing it to roll under his glove when he had a play at the plate allowing the go ahead run. Firstbaseman Eric Hosmer was a bit slow to home plate on another play to allow the fourth run of the innng to score. Victor Martinez had an RBI double in the ninth to finish the scoring. Bruce Rondon got his second save of the season, but hit a batter and walked another. Until the eighth, Kansas City had made several plays to keep Detroit off the bases.

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Seattle's Isashi Iwakuma no hits Baltimore in a 3-0 win. Iwakuma struck out seven and walked three and became the first pitcher throw a no-hitter in the American League since teammate Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game against Tampa Bay on August 15, 2012. Iwakuma's gem was the second thrown by a Japanese pitcher.

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Houston takes advantage of Alfredo Simon's struggle with command of the strike zone to take a 5-1 win over Detroit. Only 54 of 102 pitches thrown by Simon found the strike zone, but was able to get by until the fifth. A groundout and a two run double gave Houston a 3-1 lead after the fifth. Detroit missed chances in the fourth and fifth innings. One run had already scored, but a strikeout and a doubleplay ended the inning. With runners at second and third with one out, a strikeout and a groundball back to the mound ended that threat.

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Detroit pushes across three runs in the 11th inning to take a 4-2 win over Houston. Justin Verlander pitched seven innings allowing only three hits and was able to move the fastball around and mix in offspeed pitches. Pitch selection allowed Houston to tie the game in the ninth inning. Preston Tucker tied the game with a leadoff home run on a 100 MPH fastball that was down in the strike zone, but in an ideal location for a lefthanded batter.

Houston twice had runners picked off first base to quell any possible rally. In both cases, they were essentially caught flatfooted.

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Jose Atluve drives a hanging cut fastball into the gap in left center field in the bottom of ninth inning to give Houston a 6-5 win. Jake Marisnek sent a two seam fastball on the out half of the plate into right center for a two out triple. With Preston Tucker on the bench with three home runs in the series against Detroit, manager Bad Ausmus took his chances with Altuve and it backfired. Matt Boyd also struggled with location getting tagged for a four run third inning and two gopherballs to Colby Rasmus.

Detroit was also 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

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Detroit begins a two game series tonight against the Chicago Cubs at 8:05 P.M. ar Wrigley Field. Anibal Sanchez starts for Detroit against Jason Hammels for the Cubs. Sanchez is tied for the major league lead in home runs allowed with 28 and the dimensions at Wrigley Field, he be'll fortunate not to allow at least two. Hammels has not made it to the seventh in his last six starts.

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Ineffective pitching on both sides results in a 10-8 Detroit win over the Chicago Cubs. Five balls left the ballpark, Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez, and Anthony Gose for Detroit and Chris Coghlan and Kyle Schwarber for the Cubs. Kinsler and Jose Iglesias were a combined 9 for 10 for Detroit to lead a 19 hit attack. Anibal Sanchez lasted 2 1/3 innings and Josh Hammels ptiched 3 innings allowing all three Detroit home runs.

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