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Horsehides continue flying out of the ballpark in a 15-8 Detroit win over the Chicago Cubs. Detroit had five of the eight longballs, three off starter Jon Lester, who lasted 2 1/3 innings and of the 40 hits in the two game set, 19 were for extra bases. Nick Castellanos had two, J.D. Martinez, Rajai Davis, and starter Daniel Norris in his first major league at-bat. Norris became the first American League pitcher to homer at Wrigley Field, the first in the league since Esteban Yan for Tampa Bay in 2000 and the first in the majors since Tommy Milone for Washington in 2011. Norris was forced to leave the game in the fifth inning with a strained right oblique.

The bullpen couldn't keep the Cubs off the board in surrendering two home runs.

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Alfredo Simon shuts down the Texas Rangers on one hit in a 4-0 Detroit win. Simon used mostly the two and four seam fastballs and the splitter with a few curveballs thrown in. Simon walked two, one of them was erased in sixth inning doubleplay. The only hit was a fifth inning double and no runner got past second. Detroit, however, made two fielding errors.

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A combination of defensive mistakes and lack of timely hitting gives the Texas Rangers a 2-0 win over Detroit. The Rangers scored in the second on a single by Elvis Andrus who advanced to second when Miguel Cabrera misplayed a groundball that could have been an inning ending 3-6-3 doubleplay and had to take the out at first. Will Venable followed with a double and went to third when Anthony Gose misplayed the ball. Delino Deshields reached in the third and went to third when Justin Verlander's pickoff throw sailed into rightfield for a two base throwing error. He scored on a sacrifice fly.

Detroit wasted scoring chances in the 3rd, 4rth, 6th, and 9th innings. Doubleplays ended chances in the 3rd and 6th innings and Texas squelched another potential rally in the seventh with a twin killing. Cabrera was thrown out at the plate in the 4rth on an ill-advised decision and on a close play. A better throw nails Cabrera by about 20 feet. A third double by Cabrera was wasted in the ninth when the next three hitters went down on strikes chasing pitches out of the strike zone. Texas starter Colby Lewis shut down Detroit getting weak flyouts on breaking balls on many ocassions.

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Houston righthander Mike Fiers no hits the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 3-0 win. Fiers issued a walk in each of the first three innings, but otherwise was unchallenged in retiring the last 21 batters. Fiers was successful in pitching up in the zone with the fastball and getting the Dodgers to chase the curveball and mixing in the changeup.

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Texas uses a four run third inning, four singles and a throwing error, to take a 5-3 win over Detroit. Detroit also missed chances in the first, second, fifth, and sixth innings. A doubleplay following a leadoff single in the 6th wiped out an run since that was followed by a triple by Nick Castellanos who was one of four runners left in scoring position. Only a three run homer by Ian Kinsler on a fastball over the plate that was meant to be low and away kept Detroit from being shutout in consecutive games for the first time since April 2008.

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Cole Hamels combines with three relievers to shut down Detroit 4-2. Hamels was able to jam Detroit's hitters on the hands to get weak flyballs and easy infield outs. Detroit missed chances in the 1st, 2nd, 4rth, and 5th innings. Detroit did score in the first and fourth innings, but Hamels was able to escape without further damage.

Texas took advantage of pitching mistakes. Starter Matt Boyd surrendered a home run on a fastball Chris Gimenez and hung a slider To Mike Moreland which resulted in a go-ahead two run double. Mike Napoli sent a hanging curveball from Blaine Hardy into the Ranger bullpen in the eighth for the game's final run.

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Detroit's bullpen melts down once again in a 12-5 Cincinnati win. Detroit had jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks in part to a four run first inning in which the Tigers batted around. J.D. Martinez had a three run shot and Nick Catellanos had a solo shot. Starter Buck Farmer took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before falling apart in the sixth. Farmer retired the first batter, but a hanging curveball to Eugenio Saurez ended his evening. After the first out, the next seven batters reached base, including three walks. In scoring 10 runs, the Reds sent 14 batters to the plate and the inning include five extra base hits, two home runs, two doubles, and a triple. Detroit needed four pitchers to get through the sixth. Al Alburqurque and Tom Gorzelany faced five batters between them without retiring any of them.

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Los Angeles Angels take advantage of mistakes by Detroit starter Alfredo Simon to take an 8-7 win. Albert Pujols got an 0-2 fastball over the plate that the catcher wanted further inside in the first inning. A wild pitch accounted for the other first inning run, one of three thrown by Simon that resulted in runners crossing the plate. Detroit got three of its runs on a double by Miguel Cabrera . two batters after a flyball dropped between two outfielders. Defensive plays in the fourth and seventh by the Angels prevented runs from scoring, the second play prevented the tying run from scoring.

Detroit also left 10 runners on base and were 4 for 16 with runners in scoring position.

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Justin Verlander takes a no-hitter into the ninth inning in a 5-0 Detroit win over the Los Angeles Angels. Verlander walked two, but both of them were erased by doubleplays and mostly successfull with the fastball. The only hit was a leadoff double by Chris Ianetta that hit the leftfield foul line. Nick Castellanos had a solo home run and Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez had two run shots to account for the scoring.

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Matt Shoemaker combines with two relievers to shut down Detroit on two hits in a 2-0 Los Angeles Angels win. When Shoemaker wasn't getting easy flyouts on his fastball, he was getting routine infield outs on the changeup and the curveball. Detroit compunded its problem losing Anthony Gose twice on the base paths. In the third, he was picked off first base by the catcher when he took too big a lead and was caught stealing on a delayed steal attempt. Gose is at the stage where he has learn to watch what the pitchers and catchers are doing and when to attempt to steal a base. And also the infielders since a delayed steal is an attempt to catch the infielders napping. Shoemaker allowed one hit in 7 1/3 innings.

Detroit also wasted a one out triple by J.D. Martinez in the eighth. They lead the American League in runners caught stealing and grounding into doubleplays and are among the leaders in runners picked off base and thrown out at the plate.

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The longball gives Toronto a 5-3 win over Detroit. Mistakes by Matt Boyd resulted in home runs to Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista and a changeup Troy Tulowitzki was waiting for accounted for other longball. Detroit had two home runs on the R.A. Dickey's knuckleball, but could only generate one other scoring chance and that was in the sixth. After Anthony Gose's home run on which hge guessed location, Detroit was unable to do anything against Toronto's bullpen.

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Detroit pitches batting practice to Toronto in a 15-1 Blue Jays win. Edwin Encarcion had three home runs and nine RBI's among a total of eight extra base hits. Anthony Gose giftwrapped a fourth inning run after a running catch when he forgot how many outs there and allowed a two base sacrifice fly.

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Pitching problems by Detroit result in a 9-2 Toronto win. Alfredo Simon pitched five innings allowing six runs on six hits, four of them mistakes that left the ballpark accounting for all six runs allowed by Simon. Bruce Rondon couldn't locate his fastball in allowing the final three Toronto runs. Detroit couldn't put together enough hits to overcome the shoddy pitching with both of their runs coming on infield outs. Their hitters apparently had trouble picking up the rotation of the ball.

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Chicago Cubs righthander Jake Arrieta no hits the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in a 2-0 Cubs win. Arrieta struck out 12 and walked one, of only two baserunners for the Dodgers. The other reached on a fielding error. Defensive plays in the seventh and eighth innings kept the no-hitter going. It was the sixth no-hitter of the season and the second time in 10 days the Dodgers have been no hit.

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A two run homer by Ian Kinsler in the seventh inning proves decisive in a 6-5 Detroit win over Kansas City. Detroit got four of its runs off Royals starter Johnny Cueto who frequently got pitches up in the strike zone. Justin Verlander pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing four runs - fielding errors resulted in two of them - and was able to change speeds on his fastball to compensate for an inconsistent slider and curveball. Detroit's bullpen had trouble getting the third out in the eighth inning. Bruce Rondon pitched the ninth for his third save despited giving up a four pitch walk. Rondon had the fastball and slider working.

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Kansas City jumps on Detroit's pitching for a 12-1 win. Of the their 14 hits, four left the ballpark. Randy Wolf lasted 3 2/3 innings surrendering 8 runs on 12 hits with two gopherballs. Guido Knudson allowed the other four runs on two longballs. Royals starter Yordano Venture shut down Detroit allowing one run and striking out 11 getting hitters to chase a few pitches out of the strike zone.

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Kansas City continues hitting the ball over the park in a 15-7 win over Detroit. Matt Boyd was shelled for six runs on seven hits in 1+ innings. The bullpen didn't do much better in surrendering six runs in the seventh inning. Kansas City starter Edinson Volquez was lit up for six runs in three innings of work.

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Alfredo Simon takes a no-hitter into the sixth in a 6-0 Detroit win over Cleveland. Simon allowed two hits in seven innings mixing the splitter with the two and four seam fastballs and the curveball. Detroit took advantage of Danny Salazar's struggle with command of his pitches to score all six of their runs. Salazar lasted 3 2/3 innings. Rajai Davis has a running catch to take away an RBI double and end the fourth inning.

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Cody Anderson shuts down Detroit on two hits in seven innings of work in a 4-0 Cleveland win. Anderson kept Detroit off balance changing speeds, a recurring theme. The Tigers wasted chances in the fourth and fifth innings by grounding into doubleplays. They are now up to a major league worst 125 doubleplays. Cleveland crossed up Detroit by removing the sacrifice bunt with runners at first and second and no out and Francisco Lindor lined a roomservice fastball into rightcenter field for a two run triple. That came after Andrew Romine tried to turn a groundball into a 4-6-3 doubleplay but got neither the runner or the batter.

Detroit got only one other hit and that was in the eighth inning.

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The longall proves to be the difference in a 5-4 Detroit win over Tampa Bay. Rajai Davis jumped on two hanging sliders for home runs and James McCann got a cut fastball Drew Smyly wanted in on the hands. The bullpen did a decent job for once. Drew VerHagen relieved in the fifth getting consecutive ground outs after Tampa Bay had tied the score with two runs and got a groundball doubleplay in the sixth. Bruce Rondon got the final two outs in the ninth, but struggled again with the fastball loading the bases with a single and two walks. He would need an outstanding play on a hard hit groundball to Dixon Machado who was able to get a force out at second.

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