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14-10, 2nd in AL Cent
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Kate Upton and Justin Verlander engaged (0:41)

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

It appears that Tigers ace Justin Verlander is engaged to longtime girlfriend, actress and supermodel Kate Upton. Upton showed off a massive sparkler on the red carpet of the 2016 Met Gala in NYC. Upton told E! News that Verlander proposed before the start of the 2016 season but the couple has kept the news hush-hush up until now.

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Zimmermann named AL Pitcher of the Month

Jordan Zimmermann became the first Tigers starter since Justin Verlander in September 2012 to be named American League Pitcher of the Month after going 5-0 with a 0.55 ERA in April.

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Martinez named AL Player of the Week

Victor Martinez took home weekly honors in the American League after batting .519 with three homers and eight RBIs in seven games last week.

Tigers trending upward

Detroit moves five spots to No. 11 in the rankings this week thanks to a rejuvenated bullpen. Justin Wilson is exhibit A of the turnaround. Week 4 Power Rankings

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1dTony Blengino

Can Tigers' Zimmermann maintain '16 success?

Does Jordan Zimmermann's hot start have staying power? Former MLB exec Tony Blengino tells a story of when he first scouted Zimmermann and looks deeper at the Tigers starter's stellar numbers.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was asked if he could definitively say pitcher Mike Pelfrey will make his next start. Said he had not talked to anyone since coming off the field, but: "at this point, there's not reason to think he wouldn't." Ausmus did reiterate that Pelfrey's two-year, $16 million contract will not be a factor for his consideration when assessing the situation: "I don't make a lineup out because a guy makes money. I make a lineup out because I believe he can help us win, or I believe he's our best option at the particular position."

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Sano makes final out trying to get a triple (0:51)

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Given Mike Pelfrey's struggles, this feels relevant: manager Brad Ausmus was asked today at what point, should the starting pitcher's difficulties continue, would the Tigers begin to look at other options in their rotation. His answer? "I don't know if I can give you an answer on that. The answer on that is, I don't know." Pelfrey's two-year, $16 million contract is obviously a complicating factor. Not sure moving him to the bullpen makes much sense, either. But you'd have to imagine team is wary about trotting him out there every fifth day if he's unable to yield results.

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Castellanos hits a three-run shot (0:32)

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos, who entered today's game leading the American League with a .363 batting average, blasts a critical three-run to tie the game at 5. One critical part of his early success? He hasn't been chasing pitches as much. Plate discipline was on display in that last at-bat. He prevailed in seven-pitch battle.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Mike Pelfrey's day ends with him exiting the game in the fifth inning, leaving reliever Kyle Ryan to deal with a bases-loaded no-out situation. Some flashes of improvement for the starting pitcher, but still not giving the Tigers enough. They wanted him to be a guy who could provide them some innings and he has given them five or less in three of his first five starts.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

The sacrifice fly from Nick Castellanos that scored veteran Victor Martinez was the first run of support the Tigers have scored with starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey on the mound this season. Not suggesting that Pelfrey's has not struggled independently from that -- he has -- but at least has something to work with early today in his fifth start of the season.

Lineup: Tigers (13-10) at Twins (7-17)

  • 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (R)
  • 2. J.D. Martinez, RF (R)
  • 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (R)
  • 4. Victor Martinez, DH (S)
  • 5. Justin Upton, LF (R)
  • 6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (R)
  • 7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (S)
  • 8. Anthony Gose, CF (L)
  • 9. Jose Iglesias, SS (R)
  • SP: Mike Pelfrey, RHP
  • Daily Notes

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

The Tigers have yet to make a decision on whether rookie Michael Fulmer, who made his MLB debut on Friday night, will make next start on Thursday in Cleveland. Decision likely to come down tomorrow during the team's off-day. Will probably come down to him or fellow pitching prospect Matt Boyd. Indians lineup will likely be a determining factor

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

There was never any doubt in Justin Upton's mind that ball was gone. Tigers OF absolutely crushed a three-run shot to the second deck in left field in the first inning in what seems to be another good sign for the Tigers that his bat is coming around. What's been clicking for him over the past three games? Upton said he's seeing the ball longer than he was before, letting it get to the zone and making the decisions from there. "That always helps," he said.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, who boasts a 5-0 record and a 0.55 ERA in the month of April, was outstanding again today, though the Tigers have more or less come to expect that by now: "We have yet to be disappointed when he has taken the mound," manager Brad Ausmus said. Zimmermann has shown a real sense of confidence in his slider, even when he makes a mistake with it, as he did on the Byung Ho Park HR, and that has served him well. The 29-year-old WI native is relishing this stretch to start the 2016 season with his new team: "It's been a fun run and I'm pitching probably as best I've pitched ever in my career."

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Upton leads Tigers past Twins (1:06)

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

You know you're having a good start to the season when this sort of dominance feels almost commonplace. That's what's happening for Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann right now. Improved to 5-0 with another brilliant outing today. ERA an incredible 0.55. Wow

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs1158th
Batting Average.2698th
On Base Percentage.32311th
Slugging Percentage.4338th
Earned Run Average3.7412th
Quality Starts11Tied-16th
WHIP1.3921st
BAA.26926th

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