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October 13, 2012 | Associated Press
DETROIT - Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers will face a familiar foe in the AL Championship Series. The Tigers had less than 24 hours to savor their five-game victory over the Oakland Athletics before learning their opposition in the ALCS. Detroit will face the Yankees in a rematch of one of last year's AL division series. New York edged Baltimore, 3-1, on Friday night in the deciding Game 5 of their division series. The Tigers were set to fly hours later, with Game 1 at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night and Doug Fister facing Andy Pettitte.
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August 20, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
MAX SCHERZER pitched seven strong innings and the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers hit three homers in a 4-1 victory over the second-place Cleveland Indians last night. The visiting Indians could have taken over the Central lead with a sweep of the three-game series, but now trail Detroit by 2 1/2 games. Scherzer (13-7) allowed one run, five hits and a walk while throwing a career-high 127 pitches. Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde finished, with the latter pitching the ninth for his 36th save in as many opportunities.
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April 25, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
RIGHTHANDER Yu Darvish had a season-high 10 strikeouts pitching into the ninth inning and worked out of a couple of jams for the Texas Rangers in a 2-0 victory over the visiting New York Yankees and countryman Hiroki Kuroda on Tuesday night. In only the seventh MLB matchup ever of Japanese starters, Darvish (3-0) allowed seven hits and walked a season-low two in 8 1/3 innings. The 10 strikeouts were the most by a Texas pitcher this season. Darvish was replaced by Joe Nathan with one out in the ninth.
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October 5, 2012 | Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Miguel Cabrera became the 15th player to win baseball's Triple Crown on Wednesday night, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, and Lou Gehrig. Cabrera's milestone wasn't official until the Yankees pinch-hit for Curtis Granderson in their game against the Red Sox. Granderson had homered twice to reach 43 for the year, tied with the Rangers' Josh Hamilton and one shy of Cabrera. Cabrera went 0 for 2 against the Royals before leaving in the fourth inning to a standing ovation.
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October 7, 2012 | Associated Press
DETROIT - Justin Verlander allowed a home run to the first batter of the game - and quickly shrugged it off. This hard-throwing ace doesn't usually hit his stride until a bit later. Verlander shut down Oakland after that early slip, and Alex Avila homered in the fifth inning to lift the Detroit Tigers over the Athletics, 3-1, Saturday night in the opener of their best-of-five AL playoff. Verlander allowed three hits in seven innings and matched his career postseason high with 11 strikeouts.
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April 7, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Mitch Moreland delivered the tiebreaking double for the still-undefeated Texas Rangers off Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez. The young first baseman then earned a dinner from new teammate Adrian Beltre for his work with the glove. Moreland put the Rangers ahead to stay with his RBI double into the rightfield corner in the seventh. He then started the next inning with an incredible snag of Beltre's bounced throw after the Gold Glove third baseman made an equally impressive stop in the Rangers' 7-3 win over the visiting Seattle Mariners yesterday.
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August 17, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
JUSTIN VERLANDER allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings to become baseball's first 18-game winner, and the Detroit Tigers breezed to an easy, 7-1 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins last night. Verlander (18-5) labored through a 29-pitch first inning but settled down after that, allowing seven hits in another impressive outing. He struck out eight to surpass 200 on the year, walked one and lowered his ERA to 2.31. Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs for the Tigers, and Ramon Santiago hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth.
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April 13, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Now that Miguel Cabrera is back in Michigan with his teammates, he's performing just as they want him to on the field. His spring training problems aren't forgotten, but his game-winning hit yesterday was a reminder of why he's so important to the Detroit Tigers. Cabrera's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Tigers a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers. Less than 2 months after being arrested in Florida on suspicion of drunken driving, he's off to a fine start hitting in the middle of Detroit's order.
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May 10, 2011 | Associated Press
TORONTO - Max Scherzer won his sixth consecutive decision, Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-5, on Monday night. Scherzer (6-0) has not lost in eight starts this season. Scherzer allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, matching his shortest start of the year. He walked three and struck out five. Martinez went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Austin Jackson had four RBIs for Detroit. Blue Jays righthander Brandon Morrow, who had allowed just one hit and one walk through the first three innings, fell apart in the fourth, when the Tigers scored six runs and sent 10 batters to the plate.
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April 13, 2011 | Associated Press
DETROIT - Miguel Cabrera's spring training problems aren't forgotten, but his game-winning hit Tuesday was a reminder of why he's so important to the Detroit Tigers. Cabrera's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Tigers a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers. Less than two months after being arrested in Florida on suspicion of drunken driving, he's off to a fine start hitting in the middle of Detroit's order. The day's news was less encouraging for Texas, which is 9-2 but could be without slugger Josh Hamilton for two months.
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October 13, 2012 | Associated Press
DETROIT - Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers will face a familiar foe in the AL Championship Series. The Tigers had less than 24 hours to savor their five-game victory over the Oakland Athletics before learning their opposition in the ALCS. Detroit will face the Yankees in a rematch of one of last year's AL division series. New York edged Baltimore, 3-1, on Friday night in the deciding Game 5 of their division series. The Tigers were set to fly hours later, with Game 1 at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night and Doug Fister facing Andy Pettitte.
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October 7, 2012 | Associated Press
DETROIT - Justin Verlander allowed a home run to the first batter of the game - and quickly shrugged it off. This hard-throwing ace doesn't usually hit his stride until a bit later. Verlander shut down Oakland after that early slip, and Alex Avila homered in the fifth inning to lift the Detroit Tigers over the Athletics, 3-1, Saturday night in the opener of their best-of-five AL playoff. Verlander allowed three hits in seven innings and matched his career postseason high with 11 strikeouts.
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October 5, 2012 | Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Miguel Cabrera became the 15th player to win baseball's Triple Crown on Wednesday night, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, and Lou Gehrig. Cabrera's milestone wasn't official until the Yankees pinch-hit for Curtis Granderson in their game against the Red Sox. Granderson had homered twice to reach 43 for the year, tied with the Rangers' Josh Hamilton and one shy of Cabrera. Cabrera went 0 for 2 against the Royals before leaving in the fourth inning to a standing ovation.
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April 25, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
RIGHTHANDER Yu Darvish had a season-high 10 strikeouts pitching into the ninth inning and worked out of a couple of jams for the Texas Rangers in a 2-0 victory over the visiting New York Yankees and countryman Hiroki Kuroda on Tuesday night. In only the seventh MLB matchup ever of Japanese starters, Darvish (3-0) allowed seven hits and walked a season-low two in 8 1/3 innings. The 10 strikeouts were the most by a Texas pitcher this season. Darvish was replaced by Joe Nathan with one out in the ninth.
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August 20, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
MAX SCHERZER pitched seven strong innings and the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers hit three homers in a 4-1 victory over the second-place Cleveland Indians last night. The visiting Indians could have taken over the Central lead with a sweep of the three-game series, but now trail Detroit by 2 1/2 games. Scherzer (13-7) allowed one run, five hits and a walk while throwing a career-high 127 pitches. Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde finished, with the latter pitching the ninth for his 36th save in as many opportunities.
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August 17, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
JUSTIN VERLANDER allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings to become baseball's first 18-game winner, and the Detroit Tigers breezed to an easy, 7-1 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins last night. Verlander (18-5) labored through a 29-pitch first inning but settled down after that, allowing seven hits in another impressive outing. He struck out eight to surpass 200 on the year, walked one and lowered his ERA to 2.31. Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs for the Tigers, and Ramon Santiago hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth.
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May 10, 2011 | Associated Press
TORONTO - Max Scherzer won his sixth consecutive decision, Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-5, on Monday night. Scherzer (6-0) has not lost in eight starts this season. Scherzer allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, matching his shortest start of the year. He walked three and struck out five. Martinez went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Austin Jackson had four RBIs for Detroit. Blue Jays righthander Brandon Morrow, who had allowed just one hit and one walk through the first three innings, fell apart in the fourth, when the Tigers scored six runs and sent 10 batters to the plate.
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May 8, 2011 | Associated Press
TORONTO - Justin Verlander threw his second career no-hitter and the second in the big leagues this week, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 9-0 victory Saturday over the Toronto Blue Jays. Verlander barely missed a perfect game. The only runner he allowed came with one out in the eighth inning when J.P. Arencibia walked on a full count, with Verlander's 12th pitch to the rookie just an inch or two outside. Minnesota's Francisco Liriano pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.
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April 13, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Now that Miguel Cabrera is back in Michigan with his teammates, he's performing just as they want him to on the field. His spring training problems aren't forgotten, but his game-winning hit yesterday was a reminder of why he's so important to the Detroit Tigers. Cabrera's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Tigers a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers. Less than 2 months after being arrested in Florida on suspicion of drunken driving, he's off to a fine start hitting in the middle of Detroit's order.
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April 13, 2011 | Associated Press
DETROIT - Miguel Cabrera's spring training problems aren't forgotten, but his game-winning hit Tuesday was a reminder of why he's so important to the Detroit Tigers. Cabrera's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Tigers a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers. Less than two months after being arrested in Florida on suspicion of drunken driving, he's off to a fine start hitting in the middle of Detroit's order. The day's news was less encouraging for Texas, which is 9-2 but could be without slugger Josh Hamilton for two months.
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