Francisco Liriano pitched seven shutout innings in a rare victory over the Detroit Tigers as the Pittsburgh Pirates finished a three-game sweep with an 8-4 win on Thursday afternoon.
Cabrera, Iglesias AL All-Star Starters?
Our six ESPN MLB contributors appear to think the Tigers pair deserves the recognition. Miguel Cabrera was their unanimous selection at first base, and Jose Iglesias received five votes at shortstop. ESPN's AL All-Stars
Detroit's Victor Martinez believes the plunking from Pittsburgh ace Gerrit Cole was intentional and retaliatory.
Who deserves a spot on the American League's All-Star Game roster this year? Our experts make their picks for the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati.
Keith Law: Is J.D. Martinez an All-Star?
J.D. Martinez comes off a great 2014 season and is performing well again this year, but his overall track record isn't as good as other AL outfielders. Some belong, others don't (Insider)
Neil Walker homered twice, including a two-run shot in a five-run third, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 Wednesday night.
Walker leads Pirates' 21-hit attack
Neil Walker went 4-for-6 with 2 HRs, and Pittsburgh put up 21 hits, 15 off Tigers starter Alfredo Simon, in an easy 9-3 win. Box score
Neil Walker's RBI double in the 14th inning gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers in a game that ended early Wednesday morning.
They're giving away baseball in Detroit
Neither team could secure the game-winning run. In fact, the Tigers and Pirates could only muster up 1 hit combined in the 12th and baseball carries on in Motor City. Follow live
Pirates-Tigers stuck at 4
Miguel Cabrera had an opportunity with a man on to end the night in Detroit, but Antonio Bastardo caught Miggy with a 96-mph heater and baseball continues into the 12th in the Motor City. Follow live
Bonus baseball at Comerica Park
J.D. Martinez hit a game-tying HR in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the Tigers had a chance to walk off in the ninth inning, but Arquimedes Caminero got Victor Martinez to fly out to deep left field to force extras. Follow live
Catcher Alex Avila, who has been on the DL since May 8 with a left knee injury, said Monday that he's ready to return to the Tigers by the end of the week.
Tigers: INF Alexi Casilla acquired from Rays for player to be named, Detroit Free Press reports
Power Rankings: Tigers at no. 14
The Tigers remain wildly inconsistent, with a strong start to the series in Cleveland followed by a loss (then two wins) against the White Sox. An early return from Bruce Rodon could stabilize a shaky Detroit bullpen. The Tigers sit 6.5 games back in third place in the AL Central. Power Rankings
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Justin Verlander is on track to return Tuesday from a back issue that caused him to miss a start.
In last place in the American League Central and likely in first in demoralizing defeats, the White Sox added to both lists Sunday.
McCann makes his homers count
James McCann's third career HR today was of the walk-off variety. His previous 2 MLB HRs were notable, too: No. 1 came on an inside-the-parker and No. 2 was another walk-off. McCann is the first player with 2 walk-offs and an inside-the-parker within their first 3 HRs since Tony Piet in 1932. (via Elias)
On Base Percentage.3341st
Earned Run Average4.0923rd
Tigers vs Blue Jays
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