The Detroit Tigers had seen enough from their shaky bullpen to know something had to be done. The AL Central-leading Tigers acquired right-hander Joakim Soria, giving them an option to pitch in the seventh, eighth or ninth inning as soon as Thursday night on the road against the Los Angeles Angels. Detroit dealt pitching prospects Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson to the Texas Rangers to get Soria on Wednesday night. ”We gave up a lot, guys that we valued,” Dombrowski said Thursday.

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(Adds late games) July 23 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Wednesday’s Major League Baseball Games. – - – Rays 3, Cardinals 0 Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb tossed seven shutout innings and knocked in the only run the Rays needed as they swept a two-game interleague series from the St. Louis Cardinals with a 3-0 decision. Cobb (6-6) allowed five hits and struck out 10 with no walks as Tampa Bay (49-53) swept a two-city road trip for the first time in 17 seasons. It was also the eighth consecutive road victory for Tampa Bay, which moved within 4 1/2 games of the Seattle Mariners for the American League’s second wild-card spot.

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Let’s say you have tickets to the big game tonight, but you can’t make it down to the ballpark because you have to work late. Selling your tickets online is not a problem, but you still don’t want to miss being embedded among the action. What do you do? Nothing. You’re Seoul out of luck. Until now.
As @MyKBO on Twitter notes , Korea’s Hanwha Eagles have installed a robot cheering section in their home stadium to which fans can upload their avatars, mannerisms, messages, cheers, beer preferences — whatever — for the first truly virtual ballpark experience.
You don’t need to be at the game anymore in order to still be at the game!

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When Dave Dombrowski’s career began, he could count on one hand the number of medical-related employees baseball teams had. Now, the Detroit Tigers president and general manager almost needs both hands. The Tigers lean on Kevin Rand in and out of season to keep players as healthy as possible. The team’s medical director and head athletic trainer leads a six-person staff that gets assists from interns.

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After being passed over for what would have been his first All-Star selection, Rick Porcello could have good reason to be pitching with a chip on his shoulder in the second half. He’s more likely to just keep going about his business for the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers. The right-hander goes for his AL-leading 13th victory Tuesday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks as the Tigers try to make it 13 wins in their last 16 on the road. After allowing 13 hits over 24 scoreless innings in three straight wins, Porcello (12-5, 3.39 ERA) gave up a season high-tying seven earned runs and 11 hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 7-3 home loss to Tampa Bay on July 6.

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A last-minute change in his arm action had Justin Verlander feeling like old times. Verlander pitched into the seventh inning, Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson homered and the Detroit Tigers opened their interleague series in Arizona by beating the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Monday night. Verlander said he ”came across a couple of pictures,” one from earlier in his career and one from this season. The results, Verlander said, were immediate and carried over into the game, when he held Arizona hitless through the first three innings.

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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have gotten a good return on their short-term investment in right-hander Joba Chamberlain.

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Oakland general manager Billy Beane acted boldly, trading top prospect Addison Russell in a deal that brought starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics. Then it was Jerry Dipoto’s turn. The GM of the Los Angeles Angels acquired closer Huston Street on Friday night, giving his team another option in the late innings and adding more intrigue to an already-spirited AL West race. The A’s have baseball’s best record, but the Angels are only 1 1/2 games behind, and both teams have aggressively improved themselves with major trades since the beginning of July.

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DETROIT — Carlos Santana blasted a two-out, three-run double in the ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians completed a doubleheader sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 5-2 win on Saturday night at Comerica Park.

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The Cleveland Indians are rolling out of the All-Star break, cutting into Detroit’s previously comfortable lead in the AL Central. Carlos Santana hit a tiebreaking, bases-clearing double with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night that sealed a sweep of the doubleheader. The Indians have won four straight, three in a row at Detroit, to pull within 4 1/2 games of the AL Central-leading Tigers. ”It’s all about making the push, little by little,” Chris Dickerson said after hitting a pair of solo homers off Max Scherzer.

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