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CHICAGO — Score early. Lose lead. Stop hitting. Repeat — it’d be hard to find a more fitting progression to explain the Tigers’ trip to Wrigley Field.

Solo homers for Nicholas Castellanos in the first and John Hicks in the third accounted for the only Tigers runs in their 5-2 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

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CHICAGO — Score early. Lose lead. Stop hitting. Repeat — it’d be hard to find a more fitting progression to explain the Tigers’ trip to Wrigley Field.

Sol Customized Falcons Jersey o homers for Nicholas Castellanos in the first and John Hicks in the third accounted for the only Tigers runs in their 5-2 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

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“It’s frustrating to be right there, to be so close,” catcher James McCann said. “But at the end of the day, that’s not reflected in your win-loss column. It’s either a win or a loss. We came up short two games in a row.”

Video: DET@CHC: Hicks crushes a solo homer to left-center

Detroit nearly stopped the cycle of offensive flat-lining in the seventh inning, but Jose Iglesias was thrown out at the plate for the first out and Jeimer Candelario struck out looking with two runners in scoring position to end the threat.

From there, the Cubs pulled away. A two-run double from Willson Contreras gave Chicago a three-run cushion in the seventh. It was Contreras’ second hit of the game. He also launched a go-ahead solo homer 430 feet, as projected by Statcast™, in the sixth inning off starter Francisco Liriano.

The Tigers played more than half the game without manager Ron Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey  Gardenhire in the dugout. Gardenhire had to go in the clubhouse sometime during the third or fourth inning due to overheating and dehydration. The heat index was over 102 degrees at the start of the game.

Gardenhire underwent tests with team doctors as a precautionary measure, but fortunately the heat was the only issue. Bench coach Steve Liddle filled in as manager for the remainder of the game.

Video: DET@CHC: Candelario starts a 5-4-3 double play

Javier Baez badgered the Tigers on the basepaths in the fourth inning, putting pressure on them and forcing some defensive miscues.

Going on left-hander Liriano’s first move, Baez most likely would have been picked off had first baseman Hicks not thrown the ball past second base and into left field, which allowed Baez to advance to third.

“I thought it was over the base,” Hicks said of the errant throw. “I didn’t know who was fielding the ball, whether it was Iggy or Niko [Goodrum]. I thought it was close enough to be tagged.”

Then, with Contreras up, Liriano tried to pick off Addison Russell at first. Baez broke for home and slid around the tag from McCann to tie the game, 2-2.

Video: Must C Crafty: Baez makes elusive slide to steal home

“We made a mistake on a pickoff that wound up giving them the go-ahead run,” Liddle said. “We had a miscommunication on the coverage at second base, and that allowed the runner to go to third.”

Despite being charged with the loss, Liriano still earned a quality start. Tigers starters have now gone eight straight games with outings of at least six innings, which is the franchise’s longest such streak since May 9-17, 2014.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Gotta send him: With Cubs starter Jose Quintana out of the game, Iglesias doubled to lead off the seventh inning with the Tigers down a run. However, the shortstop was thrown out trying to score on Victor Martinez‘s pinch-hit single to center field.

“When I coached third, [Gardenhire] used to tell me, ‘If you’re not getting them thrown out, you’re not doing your job,'” Liddle said. “It took a perfect throw to get him.”

Video: DET@CHC: Almora Jr. throws out Iglesias at the plate

HE SAID IT
“It doesn’t matter what team you are, whether you’re the 1927 Yankees or the team with the worst record in the history Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform  of baseball, you’re going to have games like that.” — McCann

UP NEXT
Lefty Matthew Boyd will start on Thursday when the Tigers begin a four-game series Custom Cardinals Jersey  with the Rangers in Detroit, their final homestand before the All-Star break. Boyd should be happy that July is here. He went 1-2 with a 6.32 ERA over six starts in June after enjoying some success in April and May. Righty Yovani Gallardo will pitch for Texas, with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. ET at Comerica Park.

Matthew Martell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.


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Tigers designate Dixon Machado f Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey or assignment

The Tigers made a series of roster moves following Wednesday’s 5-2 series finale loss against the Cubs, including designating infielder Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform  Dixon Machado for assignment.

Machado was DFA’d to make room on the 40-man roster for right-hander Victor Alcantara, who will be called up from Triple-A Toledo prior to Thursday’s series opener against the Rangers at Comerica Park.

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The Tigers made a series of roster moves following Wednesday’s 5-2 series finale loss against the Cubs, including designating infielder Dixon Machado for assignment.

Machado was DFA’d to make room on the 40-man roster for right-hander Victor Alcantara, who will be called up from Triple-A Toledo prior to Thursday’s series opener against the Rangers at Comerica Park.

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Detroit also optioned right-hander Warwick Saupold to Triple-A on Wednesday, and in addition to Alcantara, the team will recall infielder Ronny Rodriguez from Toledo on Thursday.

Machado has struggled at the plate this season, with a .206 batting average, one home run and 21 RBIs in 67 games. Last yea Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey r, the Tigers kept Machado on their active roster all season despite him playing in only 73 games, because they didn’t want to lose the 26-year-old on waivers if they DFA’d him.

When a player’s contract is designated for assignment — often abbreviated “DFA” — that player is immediately removed from his club’s 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or pl Customized Falcons Jersey aced on irrevocable outright waivers.

The 25-year-old Alcantara got his first MLB action for the Tigers last year, making six relief appearances with an 8.59 ERA and five strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Rodriguez has played in 11 games for the big league club this year and is just 2-for-24 a Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey t the plate.

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.


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Tatis Jr, Allen Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey lead Saturday’s top prospects

Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

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A pair of Padres top prospects showcased their bright futures on Saturday as Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a pair of homers to back another strong effort on the mound by Logan Allen in Double-A San Antonio’s 4-3 loss against Northwest Arkansas.

Tatis, San Diego’s No. 1 prospect (No. 4 overall), hit a solo shot in the fourth inning and added another in the eighth to finish 3-for-4 with two runs scored out of the leadoff spot for the Missions. Tatis’ multi-homer performance was his third of the season and pushed his season total to 14 homers through 77 games. He’s also hit safely in six straight games for the Missions, while improving his average from .269 to .285 in that span.

Coming off of a breakout 2017 campaign in which he produced an .877 OPS with 22 homers and 32 steals while reaching Double-A at age 18, Tatis began his season by hitting just .177/.231/.333 with three home runs and zero stolen bases in April. Since the calendar flipped to May, however, the 19-year-old shortstop owns a .333/.414/.592 batting line with 11 home runs and 11 steals.

Allen, the Padres’ No. 9 prospect (No. 100), was equally impressive, tossing seven innings of one-run ball in which he permitted four hits and one walk while striking out 10. The 21-year-old southpaw has been excellent of late, allowing just one earned run and 10 hits over his last 25 innings (four starts). Allen has lowered his ERA from 3.62 to 2.66 in that stretch, and he’s now fanned 95 batters in 84 2/3 innings after his second double-digit strikeout effort of the season.

Tatis Jr. blasts second homer

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Saturday

No. 12 overall prospect Royce Lewis (Twins’ No. 1) blasted a solo home run before finishing 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in Class A Cedar Rapids’ 11-3 win over Burlington. It was Lewis’ second straight three-hit game, and he’s now recorded multiple hits in six of his past 10 games. Overall, the 2017 No. 1 overall pick is hitting .321/.369/.498 with eight homers, 20 doubles and 19 steals in his first full season. Jordan Balazovic (No. 30) paced the Kernels on the mound by tossing six scoreless innings of one-hit ball with 10 strikeouts. The 19-year-old rig Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey hty has racked up double-digit strikeouts twice in five outings and has 41 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings, along with a 2.36 ERA, on the season.

• Triple-A Columbus’ catching tandem of No. 16 overall prospect Francisco Mejia (Indians’ No. 1) and Eric Haase (No. 19) combined for five extra-base hits and eight RBIs in a 10-9 win over Indianapolis. Mejia tallied two doubles and went 2-for-5 with two RBIs in his eighth straight multi-hit game, giving him a robust .455/.476/.717 batting line, with four homers, 14 doubles and 23 RBIs in 24 games this month. Haase, meanwhile, hit a three-run homer in the first inning, a two-run double in the second and a solo shot in the fourth as part of a 3-for-4, career-high six-RBI performance. Yu Chang (No. 7) sealed the victory with a walk-off homer in the ninth, his seventh this season.

Mejia hits RBI double

• No. 10 overall prospect Forrest Whitley (Astros’ No. 2) struggled in the first inning, allowing three runs before recording two outs, but rebounded to retire 11 of the final 13 batters he faced en route to completing four innings. He permitted four hits and one walk and struck out five in the outing, throwing 54 of his 81 pitches for strikes. After three straight scoreless starts to begin his season, the 20-year-old righty has given up 10 earned runs in 8 1/3 innings in his past two turns. Yordan Alvarez (No. 54 overall, Astros’ No. 3) had another big game at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with his fifth home run in 11 games since returning from the disabled list. Through 38 games, the 21-year-old outfielder is slashing .320/.373/.614 with 11 homers and 40 RBis.

Alvarez blasts leadoff homer

• No. 54 overall prospect Alex Faedo (Tigers’ No. 3) tossed five scoreless innings in which he allowed two hits, walked two and struck out four in his second career start for Double-A Erie. Faedo was sharp in his Erie debut as well, completing six innings of two-run, two-hit ball with seven strikeouts. The 2017 first-rounder was promoted to the Eastern League after posting a 3.10 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 51 strikeouts and 13 walks in 61 innings (12 starts) with Class A Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey  Advanced Lakeland.

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Braves No. 11 prospect Touki Toussaint carried a no-hit bid into the fifth inning before completing seven scoreless innings, a season high, and matching his career high with 11 strikeouts in Double-A Mississippi’s 2-1 loss against Pensacola. He threw a season-high 102 pitches (63 strikes) in the outing, allowing two hits, three walks and one hit-by-pitch. It was the fourth double-digit strikeout performance of the season for the 22-year-old right-hander, who ranks first in the Southern League and third in Minor League Baseball with 107 strikeouts. Across 16 starts, Toussaint owns a 2.93 ERA and .208 BAA in 86 innings.

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Cardinals first-round Draft pick Nolan Gorman blasted a pair of two-run home runs, going deep in the first and seventh innings in Rookie-level Johnson City’s 12-6 win over Kingsport. The only player on MLB Pipeline’s Draft Top 200 with a 60-grade power tool, Gorman, an 18-year-old third baseman, has hit three homers in his fir Custom Cardinals Jersey st nine games as a pro. He’s also hit safely in six straight, highlighted by his first career multi-hit performance on Saturday.

Cubs No. 18 prospect Keegan Thompson was lights-out in his second Double-A start, tossing 6 1/3 scoreless innings of one-hit ball in Tennessee’s shutout of Chattanooga. The 23-year-old righty issued two walks and struck out seven while throwing 53 of his 93 pitches for strikes. The performance was a stark improvement over Thompson’s first Double-A start on June 23, when he allowed eight earned runs on nine hits in three innings.

• After hitting three home runs and plating a career-best seven on Wednesday, D-backs No. 19 prospect Kevin Cron added to his torrid week with a two-homer, six-RBI performance in Triple-A Reno’s 14-4 win over Salt Lake. The 10th multi-homer game of Cron’s career pushed the 25-year-old corner infielder’s season total to 13 home runs through 49 games in the Pacific Coast League. One of the more accomplished sluggers in the Minors, Cron has hit at least 25 homers for three straight seasons, including a career-high 27 bombs in 2015.

Cron crushes second homer

• In the longest start of his career, Indians No. 16 prospect Sam Hentges scattered seven hits and allowed one earned run with three strikeouts in eight innings, leading Class A Advanced Lynchburg past Frederick, 8-1. The 21-year-old left-hander is a rising prospect in Cleveland’s system, as Saturday’s performance gives him a 3.38 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 77 1/3 innings (15 starts) on the season — his first fully healthy campaign after losing much of 2016-17 to Tommy John surgery.

Padres No. 15 prospect Hudson Potts hit two two-run homers in his first two at-bats for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore, snapping a 1-for-19 skid with 11 strikeouts in his previous five games. The 19-year-old third baseman has totaled 13 homers and 25 doubles after finishing his 2017 full-season debut with 20 and 23, respectively.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Tigers lose 10th Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey game in a row

TORONTO — The throw from Nicholas Castellanos hit the artificial turf of the Rogers Centre infield, rather than the dirt, and bounced to Jeimer Candelario, right where his glove needed to be in order to retire  Custom Cardinals Jersey Yangervis Solarte trying to go from first to third on a Kendrys Morales single.

It was the first out Francisco Liriano needed in the third inning, but it essentially erased a baserunner for Justin Smoak‘s two-run home run two pitches later.

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TORONTO — The throw from Nicholas Castellanos hit the artificial turf of the Rogers Centre infield, rather than the dirt, and bounced to Jeimer Candelario, right where his glove needed to be in order to retire Yangervis Solarte trying to go from first to third on a Kendrys Morales single.

It was the first out Francisco Liriano needed in the third inning, but it essentially erased a baserunner for Justin Smoak‘s two-run home run two pitches later.

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Video: DET@TOR: Castellanos nabs Solarte at third base

Five batters later, Liriano was a pitch away from stranding the bases loaded and holding his damage at that. He induced Randal Grichuk to chase a slider headed for the dirt, but Grichuk pounded it into the dirt in front of the plate, sending it floating down the third-base line for a chopper that left Candelario no out anywhere as Russell Martin charged home.

Video: DET@TOR: Grichuk drives in a run on an infield knock

Those were essentially the bookends of a three-run inning that comprised all the scoring off Liriano in his return to Rogers Centre. It was all the offense the Blue Jays needed behind Marcus Stroman in a 3-2 win.

“It’s the same story,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Either you pitch really good and you don’t score, or you don’t pitch good enough. It just extends on.”

This is how losing streaks prolong. In this case, the Tigers’ 10th consecutive loss marked their longest streak since September 2003, when they were in the home stretch of a 119-loss season. That team also had two nine-game losing streaks and an 11-game skid.

Video: DET@TOR: Jones comes home on double play in the 3rd

This team isn’t headed for those depths. Detroit had climbed within a game of .500 when the skid began, squelching the lingering sense the team could hang around the American League Central long enough to make the late summer suspenseful. The recent woes also make general manager Al Avila’s job simpler, getting back to the plans he had coming in — keep building for the future, and trading marketable veterans for prospects who could help that plan.

That’s where Liriano comes in. He was in the Blue Jays’ rotation at this point a year ago before being traded to the Astros, where he became a lefty reliever on a World Series championship team. The return in that deal, Teoscar Hernandez, started in left field and batted second Friday for Toronto. Hernandez has an .828 OPS after singling off Liriano and drawing a walk off Buck Farmer on Friday.

The possibility of a similar deal this season was among the enticements for the rebuilding Tigers to sign the 34-year-old Liriano as a free agent in Spring Training. If it happens, it would mark his third  Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey consecutive year with a midseason trade.

“I just try to control what I can,” Liriano said. “I cannot control that. The only thing I can do is go out there and pitch every five days, and try to help the team win some ballgames, and whatever happens, happens.”

He can, however, control what Avila can do. The better Liriano pitches as July nears, the better the Tigers’ chances of getting a return, which made Friday’s outing bigger for reasons beyond facing his old teammates. Liriano had allowed seven earned runs in nine innings over his previous two starts despite 11 strikeouts. Friday’s outing was a step in the right direction, though it was ultimately his third consecutive loss.

Toronto had just one ball in play with an exit velocity of 100 mph or faster according to Statcast™, so Liriano didn’t allow solid contact. He finished with three runs on seven hits over six innings with a quartet of walks and strikeouts, his third quality start to go unrewarded since his last win, April 28.

“He did his job,” Castellanos said. “That’s all you can ask. That’s why it’s called a quality start. We didn’t give him the support he needed.”

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Candelario homers: Candelario was in a 2-for-25 slump when he stepped to the plate and jumped Stroman’s first pitch of the seventh inning, sending a two-seamer out to left for his 12th home run of the season to halve Detroit’s deficit. Three of his homers this year have been on the first pitch of an at-bat.

Video: DET@TOR: Candelario starts the 7th with a home run

“I’m trying to be in a good position to drive the ball all the time,” said Candelario, who improved to 4-for-14 with two home runs and four RBIs against Toronto this season. “I’ve been working hard to be short and quick to the ball.”

HE SAID IT
“Oh, I think it’s already piled on. I don’t think we have to worry about that. We’re deep into that pile-on. Now we have to figure out how to get out of the funk and win a ballgame. Right now we’re in that ‘oof’ mode: How are we going to do this?” — Gardenhire, on how to prevent the team’s recent struggles from piling on

UP NEXT
Three years and three days after Matthew Boyd (4-6, 4.15 ERA) made his Major League debut at Rogers Centre, the former Blue Jays prospect returns to take the mound for the Tigers against his old team Saturday in a 1:07 p.m. ET start. Sam Gaviglio (2-2, 3.98) will start for Toronto.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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Tigers fall to Blue Jays in 11th Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey straight loss

TORONTO — First came the injury. Then came the insult.

As Justin Smoak‘s walk-off home run sailed into the club-level seats in right-center field at Rogers Centre, an estimated 409-foot loft leading off the bottom of the ninth that completed the Blue Jays’ comeback in a 4-3 Detroit defeat Saturday afternoon, there was little suspense in the Tigers’ fate. It was an anticlimactic ending to a game the Tigers seemingly controlled midway through.

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TORONTO — First came the injury. Then came the insult.

As Justin Smoak‘s walk-off home run sailed into the club-level seats in right-center field at Rogers Centre, an estimated 409-foot loft leading o Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform ff the bottom of the ninth that completed the Blue Jays’ comeback in a 4-3 Detroit defeat Saturday afternoon, there was little suspense in the Tigers’ fate. It was an anticlimactic ending to a game the Tigers seemingly controlled midway through.

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Video: DET@TOR: Smoak cranks tape-measure walk-off HR in 9th

Detroit had a 3-0 lead with starter Matthew Boyd throwing no-hit ball against his former team heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. At game’s end, the Tigers had an 11-game losing streak, its longest since losing 11 in a row from Aug. 13-23, 2003.

Detroit has gone from within a game of .500 a couple weeks ago to being linked with a 2003 team that set an American League record with 119 losses. This year’s club isn’t headed for that territory, but its slide out of what had been a season of exceeding expectations has been stunningly swift, so much so that many still struggle with what to make of it.

“We’re all trying hard,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Everybody’s trying. We tried all kinds of things today to try to make this happen. We were in the game again, but ultimately we lose the ballgame. Our pitcher did a nice job, left with a tie ballgame, was throwing the ball fine, had one bad inning. It came down to who got the big hit at the end, and they got the big hit.”

Video: DET@TOR: Castellanos lines 2-run homer to LF in 3rd

John Hicks‘ second-inning solo home run and Nicholas Castellanos‘ two-run homer in the third had the Tigers in front against Jays starter Sam Gaviglio, but they struggled to add on. It wasn’t for stagnancy; Jeimer Candelario tried to steal second on a 2-2 pitch to Victor Martinez Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey  with two outs in the opening inning and was thrown out. The same fate befell 6-foot-6 catcher Grayson Greiner after a leadoff walk in the seventh.

“We’ve been in this streak, and you can sit there and go base to base or we can try to do some things,” Gardenhire said.

After Randal Grichuk‘s two-run homer keyed a three-run fifth to tie it, Hicks struck out with runners at the corners in the sixth inning. A pair of singles leading off the eighth inning went unrewarded when Joe Biagini retired the middle of the Tigers lineup in order from there.

Video: DET@TOR: Grichuk belts a 2-run homer to left field

“Guys were trying to make something happen,” Gardenhire said. “Unfortunately we lost the ballgame, but that’s the way we have to play. We’ve played that way all the way up until now, and we can’t stop. We put some hit-and-runs on. We tried to be aggressive. Hopefully we’ll continue to do that, because the only way we’re going to get out of this thing is to continue to press the issue.”

Boyd struck out seven batters in six quality innings, taking a no-decision. Alex Wilson retired the Jays in order in the seventh but left an eighth-inning jam with a left calf strain. Joe Jimenez (3-1) escaped the jam, striking out Kendrys Morales after Leonys Martin threw out Devon Travis at the plate, but struggled in his second inning of work for the second time this week, yielding Smoak’s homer on his second pitch of the ninth.

“It was power versus power,” Gardenhire said. “He got that one a little too much of the plate, and the guy hit it a long way.”

Video: DET@TOR: Boyd coaxes inning-ending double play in 6th

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Martin gets another assist: Rarely does a scouting report advise baserunners not to test a center fielder, but Martin picked up his ninth assist of the season when Travis rounded third on Yangervis Solarte‘s single, keeping the game tied. Martin is tied with former Mariners teammate Mitch Haniger for the AL lead in assists; his 59 outfield assists since 2013 tie him with Gerardo Parra for most among active players in the Majors in that span.

Video: DET@TOR: Martin throws out go-ahead run in the 8th

SOUND SMART
The Tigers haven’t lost 12 games in a row since 1996, when they had two such streaks, most recently Sept. 7-19. Among the pitchers taking a loss in that streak was current Tigers bullpen coach A.J. Sager.

HE SAID IT
“There’s things that we can do better, but we’re not playing bad. We played good baseball today. They played better. That’s how it happens. It may seem dire, but it’s not. We’re close to where we want to be.” — Boyd, on the losing streak

INJURY REPORT
Wilson is considered day to day after straining his left calf, an injury he believes could be related to the left plantar fascia rupture he suffered earlier this year.

“The mound here is extremely soft, softer than any other mound,” Wilson said. “And where I land, the guy who pitched before me had created a big hole. And when I was sliding into it, my heel was just catching and zinging up my calf. It tightened up just above my achilles, and I was getting zings every pitch.”

Video: DET@TOR: Wilson exits with calf tightness in the 8th

UP NEXT
The Tigers and Blue Jays will celebrate Canada Day on Sunday with a 1:07 p.m Custom Cardinals Jersey . ET matinee at Rogers Centre. Jordan Zimmermann (2-0, 4.35 ERA) will try to build on his five scoreless innings from his last outing when he takes the mound for his third start back from the disabled list. J.A. Happ (10-3, 3.62) starts for the Jays with wins in his last six decisions.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twi Customized Falcons Jersey tter @beckjason and Facebook.


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TORONTO — Matthew Boyd took the mound at Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon looking to help the Tigers out of their 10-game losing streak. Meanwhile, he and his wife Ashley have been trying to provide much more important help on the other side of the world.

They hope that by helping open a children’s home in Uganda and starting a charitable fo Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey undation, they can help address a problem that has gone underpublicized on this side of the world.

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TOR Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey ONTO — Matthew Boyd took the mound at Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon looking to help the Tigers out of their 10-game losing streak. Meanwhile, he and his wife Ashley have been trying to provide much more important help on the other side of the world.

They hope that by helping open a children’s home in Uganda and starting a charitable foundation, they can help address a problem that has gone underpublicized on this side of the world.

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“We have 35 girls in a home right now in Uganda ages 8-14 that have been rescued either from prostitution rings, a brothel, forced child marriages, unfortunate things,” Boyd said Friday. “Right now we’re going through the 501(c) process of getting our application approved in the state of Michigan and Washington so we can start fundraising, getting the word out there for this.”

Boyd and his wife have been looking for a way to use their position to make a difference off the field. Ashley earned her degree in political science from Oregon State, and has worked with a nonprofit called Remember Nhu, which aims to prevent child trafficking and sex slavery through grassroots work around the world. They have 85 pr Customized Falcons Jersey evention homes in 15 countries on four continents, but saw a need for a home in Uganda.

The Boyds, especially after becoming parents last year, felt this was a calling for them. They traveled to Thailand together a few years ago and met a child they’ve sponsored.

“You get face to face and you realize: How can anyone hurt a child? How can anyone do anything so horrific to a child? It’s unbearable to think about,” Boyd said. “Being a father, I can’t quantify it, knowing that there’s people out there that need help.”

The home they’ve set up provides a bed, food and education, Boyd said.

“Hopefully we can provide for further education, college over there,” Boyd said. “We never want to age out a child. That’s our goal.”

Boyd said he and his wife plan to travel to Uganda this fall once the season ends. While Ashley went to Africa as part of her work with Remember Nhu, Matthew has never been to the continent.

“We’re feeling called to serve in this way right now, and it’s pretty cool,” he said.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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Indians’ Mejia leads Prospect Team of the Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey Week

MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

This week has four different players  Custom Cardinals Jersey making their second appearance on a Prospect Team of the Week, though none have been quite as hot as Francisco Mejia.

MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

This week has four different players making their second appearance on a Prospect Team of the Week, though none have been quite as hot as Francisco Mejia.

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After combining for a .189/.258/.293 batting line during the season’s first two months, Mejia rebounded in earnest with a torrid month of June, hitting .455 with a 1.193 OPS. What’s more, Mejia is raking at a .526 clip with 20 hits during his nine-game hitting streak, during which he’s improved his season average from .251 to .291.

Among other PTOW returnees, Tyler O’Neill is back for the first time since the season’s opening week after clubbing four home runs in five games in the Pacific Coast League, and Brandon Lowe is making his second straight PTOW appearance after another loud showing with Triple-A Durham.

The Padres are well represented on the latest PTOW with pitchers Logan Allen and Chris Paddack, both Top 100 overall prospects. It’s the second time this season that two pitche Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey rs from the same organization garnered PTOW honors after Cardinals hurlers Ryan Helsley and Austin Gomber back in April.

Here’s the complete Prospect Team of the Week for games of June 25 through July 1.

2018 Prospect Teams of the Week

C: Francisco Mejia, Columbus Clippers (Triple–A)
(Indians’ No. 1 prospect/No. 16 overall)
7 G, .593/.645/.926, 8 R, 6 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 1 IBB, 2 K

Mejia officially put his sluggish start to the season behind him in June by hitting .455/.476/.717 and collecting hits in 22 of 24 games, including 18 multi-hit performances. The 22-year-old recorded at least one double in five straight games to pace all Top 30 prospects in two-baggers, and his 16 hits were tied for the most among Top 30 prospects.

1B: Kevin Cron, Reno Aces (Triple-A)
(D-backs’ No. 19 prospect)
6 G, .462/.483/1.115, 9 R, 2 2B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K

That Cron led all Top 30 prospects in both home runs and RBIs was a product of two monstrous games. He erupted to hit three home runs and finish with a career-high seven RBIs on Wednesday, and then added a two-homer, six-RBI performance on Saturday. Overall, the 25-year-old has 10 multi-homer games in his career and 13 home runs in 50 games this season, putting him well on his way towards achieving his fourth straight season with at least 25 home runs.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: #Dbacks No. 19 prospect Kevin Cron went 3-for-4 with 2 homers and 6 RBIs for the @Aces tonight 👀The 25-year-old third baseman has 3 multi-homer games in June and has hit 13 home runs in 49 games this season. Here’s how @Dbacks prospects are performing: https://t.co/0L3IYdENhk pic.twitter.com/EJpvPxzNlD

2B: Brandon Lowe, Durham Bulls (Triple-A)
(Rays’ No. 14 prospect)
8 G, .484/.590/.935, 9 R, 5 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 8 BB, 7 K

Lowe may be appearing on his second straight PTOW, but it’s his first as a second baseman after garnering honors as an outfielder last week. Another torrid week at the plate saw the 23-year-old produce 29 total bases, tied for the most among Top 30 prospects, while also ranking second in runs scored (tied), hits (15), doubles (tied) and RBIs. He’s slashing .307/.409/.571 with 16 homers and 26 doubles on the season, thanks largely to a .341/.431/.716 line and eight home runs in 22 games with Durham.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: Brandon Lowe, power hitter. The 23-year-old hit a solo homer in the sixth and has gone deep eight times in the past 10 games for @DurhamBulls. No. 14 on the #Rays Top 30: https://t.co/9OPTYm3TAq pic.twitter.com/VThcOzuvLF

3B: Elehuris Montero, Peoria Chiefs (Class A)
(Cardinals’ No. 27 prospect)
6 G, .500/.565/.850, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K

Montero, 19, hit safely in all six games for Peoria as he improved his season average from .302 to .316. He homered in two of those contests, giving the Dominican third baseman a career-best nine homers in 71 games after he totaled nine home runs in 170 games across his first three seasons.

SS: Royce Lewis, Cedar Rapids Kernels (Class A)
(Twins’ No. 1 prospect/No. 12 overall)
6 G, .500/.577/.850, 8 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K, 3 SB

The 2017 No. 1 overall Draft pick went hitless at the outset of the week before collecting hits in five straight games, including back-to-back three-hit performances and three multi-hit games. It helped the 19-year-old shortstop tie a bow on his best month of the season, as Lewis finished June with a .330/.380/.604 batting line with five homers, 10 doubles and 22 RBIs in 23 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Royce Lewis, SS, Twins

OF: Jacob Robson, Erie SeaWolves/Toledo Mud Hens (Double-A/Triple-A)
(Tigers’ No Customized Falcons Jersey . 26 prospect)
5 G, .471/.591/1.059, 7 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K, 3 SB, 1 CS

Robson began his week in the Eastern League, where he tallied three hits and three runs in two games before moving up to Triple-A Toledo and blasting two home runs in his first three games in the International League. The 23-year-old outfielder, an eighth-round pick in 2016, is putting together a breakout campaign, hitting .294/.389/.478 with nine home runs, 17 doubles and 13 steals through 70 games.

OF: Tyler O’Neill, Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)
(Cardinals’ No. 2 prospect/No. 52 overall)
5 G, .278/.381/1.000, 7 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K

O’Neill went deep in three straight games to begin the week as he ultimately homered in four of his five contests for Memphis. It was the third time this season that the 23-year-old slugger homered in three consecutive games in the Minors — four including his time in the Majors. He’s hit 19 homers in 49 games this season, good for a share of second place in the Pacific Coast League, and has 21 homers in 65 games between the Minors and Majors.

Video: Top Prospects: Tyler O’Neill, OF, Cardinals

OF: Corey Ray, Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A)
(Brewers’ No. 6 prospect)
5 G, .353/.421/.941, 4 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 6 K, 1 SB

While June marked Ray’s worst month of the season (.223/.324/.404), the 23-year-old did finish it on a high note by hitting a home run in two of his final four games before opening July with another homer, giving him three for the week. After a disappointing first full season, Ray has gotten back on track this year at Biloxi, hitting .251/.345/.469 with a career-high 12 homers as well as 19 steals in 77 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Corey Ray, OF, Brewers

LHP: Logan Allen, San Antonio Missions (Double-A)
(Padres’ No. 9 prospect/No. 100 overall)
1-0, 1.29 ERA, 1 GS, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 0.71 WHIP

Allen is making his second PTOW appearance in five weeks after the 21-year-old southpaw completed seven innings for the third time in four starts while striking out 10. He owns a stellar 0.36 ERA with 26 strikeouts and a .350 OPS against over 25 innings in those four outings, during which he’s improved his overall ERA from 3.65 to 2.66, the second best mark among qualified pitcher in the Texas League. He also leads the circuit in WHIP (1.10) and strikeouts (95).

Video: Top Prospects: Logan Allen, LHP, Padres

RHP: Chris Paddack, Lake Elsinore Storm (Class A Advanced)
(Padres’ No. 8 prospect/No. 98 overall)
1-0, 3.60 ERA, 2 GS, 10 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 14 K, 1.20 WHIP

Paddack, 22, kicked off his week with a dominant four-inning outing in which he allowed just one hit while recording nine of his 12 outs via the strikeout. The right-hander didn’t fare as well on Sunday, when he allowed four earned runs in six innings, though the performance still netted the right-hander his fourth win in 10 starts for Lake Elsinore. Fully healthy after Tommy John surgery wiped out his 2017 campaign, Paddack as returned to post a 2.24 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP and 83-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 52 1/3 innings in the hitter-friendly California League.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: Another start, another gem from Chris Paddack:4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 KThe #Padres No. 8 prospect has given up 1 ER or less in 7 of 9 starts for @Storm_Baseball. Here’s how all @Padres prospects are performing tonight: https://t.co/QJnjQVOpIh pic.twitter.com/3rwSWHWE35

RP: Ray Black, Sacramento River Cats (Triple-A)
(Giants’ No. 29 prospect)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 G, 1 SV, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0.33 WHIP

Finally healthy after myriad injuries limited him in recent years, the flame-throwing Black is finally healthy and on the cusp of the Major Leagues. Now 28, Black logged three scoreless appearances last week in the Pacific Coast League, one of which led to his first career Triple-A save. He’s racked up 33 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings with Sacramento, and 53 in 29 2/3 frames (16.1 K/9) including his time with Double-A Richmond.

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Ramon Santiago has Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey insight on losing streak

TORONTO — Ramon Santiago has been there. The last time the Tigers lost 11 in a row, Detroit’s current first-base coach was Detroit’s shortstop. That was in 2003, the year the Tigers  Customized Falcons Jersey set an American League record with 119 losses.

So while manager Ron Gardenhire held a team meeting Sunday morning to allow players to air out their emotions and opinions on the struggles, Santiago was one of the few who could relate.

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TORONTO — Ramon Santiago has been there. The last time the Tigers lost 11 in a row, Detroit’s current first-base coach was Detroit’s shortstop. That was in 2003, the year the Tigers set an American League record with 119 losses.

So while manager Ron Gardenhire held a team meeting Sunday morning to allow players to air out their emotions and opinions on the struggles, Santiago was one of the few who could relate.

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“Now you appreciate how hard it is to win a ballgame in the big leagues,” Santiago said. “They’re going through that right now, so they just have to stay positive, make adjustments if necessary, and you’ll get out of this.”

Like many players on the current team, Santiago was a youngster in 2003, his first full season in the Majors. The Tigers went young by design that year, and released veteran second baseman Damion Easley to open playing time for Santiago and fellow youngster Omar Infante.

Unlike this year’s team, the 2003 team never came close to .500. Its losing streak was a continuation of the club’s struggles, having lost nine in a row at the start of the season and again later on. They also struggled to stay competitive at times when falling behind early in games.

They lost 10 in a row in September, putting a 120-loss campaign in sight, before winning five of their final six games to avoid the mark.

“I think we simplified things,” Santiago said. “Don’t try to do too much. And everybody relaxed a little bit and played a little bit looser. Right now, we’re trying to do too much. We just need to go back to the basics. We did it before.”

The 2003 Tigers had an incessantly positive presence in first-year manager Alan Trammell, whose tone was echoed by his coaching staff, many of them former teammates. Gardenhire has been setting a similar tone with this club, trying to keep things loose. When Gardenhire saw first baseman John Hicks on the training table Sunday morning, he jokingly asked Hicks if he broke his neck chasing pitches during his sixth-inning strikeout Saturday with runners at the corners.

That tone echoes through the staff, including Santiago.

“The guys are trying hard, believe me,” Santiago said. “I can tell you that for sure. They’re working hard. They’re getting after it. They’re doing everything they can. So they’re giving the effort. That’s all you can control. You can’t control the outcome, but you can control the approach to the game. They’re doing that. I know that things aren’t going the way we want, but this is going to stop. We’re going to be all right.”

Bullpen moves coming

Look for relievers Drew VerHagen and Daniel Stumpf to return from the disabled list next week, likely when the Tigers arrive in Chicago for their two-game series against the Cubs beginning Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

Stumpf’s rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo is essentially over after back-to-back outings for the Mud Hens on Thursday and Friday. The Tigers have given him a couple days off before activating him so that he’s ready to pitch when he returns. He has been shelved since May 29, when ulnar nerve irritation in his left elbow landed him on the DL.

Video: DET@CIN: VerHagen hit in on nose, leaves game in 7th

VerHagen, who went on the DL June 20 after a ball broke his nose, threw a rehab outing for Toledo on Saturday. His arm is healthy, so it was essentially a freshening-up assignment.

“When we get into Chicago, we’ll probably be making some moves, trying to figure out how to get those guys back up here,” Gardenhire said. “We’ll wait until then.”

Busy international signing period expected

Baseball’s international signing period begins Monday, and the Tigers are favored to sign of two of the top 30 prospects on MLB Pipeline’s rankings.

Dominican outfielder Jose De La Cruz, ranked 15th on the list, is advertised as having some of the best raw power of any prospect eligible to sign this summer. The 16-year-old already has 195 pounds on his 6-foot-1 frame. He’s athletic enough to play center field, though he could settle into a corner spot if he fills out further.

Another Dominican, shortstop Adinso Reyes, has a similar frame after reportedly going through a growth spurt, but has maintained infielder’s speed. He ranks 19th on MLB Pipeline’s list with reliable hands and a strong arm.

Quick hits

• Gardenhire expressed continued faith in Victor Martinez despite his struggles to drive in runs from the cleanup spot.

“I don’t expect him to be a 100-RBI guy,” Gardenhire said. “But I expect Custom Cardinals Jersey  quality at-bats, and I believe that he’s given us a ton of quality at-bats, as good as anybody else on this roster. We need some veterans in here to stabilize a little bit, and that’s what he does out in the clubhouse and in our lineup.”

Alex Wilson remains sore after leaving Saturday’s game with a left hamstring strain, but the right-handed reliever is expected to be available to pitch again as soon as Monday’s series finale.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey Nicholas Castellanos grand slam lifts Tigers

TORONTO — The Tigers spent Sunday morning in a team meeting talking through their 11-game losing streak. Nicholas Castellanos spent his afternoon trying to slug their way out of it.

As Castellanos’ opposite-field drive bounced off the very top of the right-field wall and over for a fifth-inning, go-ahead grand slam, it wasn’t a sigh of relief he was feeling, he said. It’s not like they hadn’t had chances to win this week.

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TORONTO — The Tigers spent Sunday morning in a team meeting talking through their 11-game losing streak. Nicholas Castellanos spent his afternoon trying to slug their way out of it.

As Castellanos’ opposite-field drive bounced off the very top of the right-field wall and over for a fifth-inning, go-ahead grand slam, it wasn’t a sigh of relief he was feeling, he said. It’s not like they hadn’t had chances to win this week.

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“We’ve played a lot of good baseball. We’ve had a lot of leads,” Castellanos said after the Tigers’ 9-1 win ended their longest skid since 2003 Customized Falcons Jersey  and spoiled the Blue Jays’ Canada Day festivities. “We had just some unfortunate stuff.

“At the end of the day, yeah, we lost 11 in a row. But it’s only as bad as you let it affect you. So everybody just keep doing their job, keeping their head down, and it’s going to end sooner or later.”

It ended sooner, and in decisive fashion against All-Star candidate J.A. Happ. By the end, it took a highlight reel catch from Kevin Pillar to keep the Tigers out of double digits.

Video: Must C Catch: Pillar’s wall-stepping grab in CF

“We’ve been through a lot,” manager Ron Gardenhire said afterwards. “It’s good to hear the music playing out there [in the clubhouse] and guys Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey  smiling.

It didn’t look likely the way things went early. Happ (10-4), unbeaten since May 10, held the Tigers scoreless for four innings on three hits, two of which were erased on double plays. The lefty retired Detroit’s first two batters in the fifth before back-to-back singles from Niko Goodrum and Jose Iglesias sparked a two-out rally.

Video: DET@TOR: Iglesias plates 2 runs with a bloop single

JaCoby Jones, who broke an 0-for-20 slump his previous at-bat with a third-inning double, showed a flash of plate discipline with a five-pitch walk to load the bases. Leonys Martin then caught the Jays by surprise, dropping a bunt to the third-base side of the mound.

“Thank God I thought about what they were giving me,” Martin said. “[Third baseman Yangervis] Solarte was playing deep and I see I had a good chance. I trust myself that I can do it. I’m facing a tough pitcher, lefty-lefty.”

Happ fielded the ball to the third-base side of the mound with an out at any base. As he looked to home, then to first, he found he had none. That tied the game and extended the inning for Castellanos, 10-for-18 with three extra-base hits for his career off Happ. He sent Happ’s next pitch out — barely — to right field.

“At this point, it doesn’t matter who we beat,” Castellanos said. “We just want to win.”

Castellanos’ fourth home run in eight games marked his fourth career grand slam, and his first since last Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform  Sept. 8, also hit at Rogers Centre off Marcus Stroman.

Another two-out rally the next inning, capped by Iglesias’ two-run bloop single, stretched the Tigers’ lead to 7-1 off Happ (10-4) before Jones’ two-run homer in the ninth put the game away.

Video: DET@TOR: Jones smacks a homer off the top of the wall

It was a reward for a day that began with a frank talk between Gardenhire and his players about the skid and how to get out of it.

“It was just a casual talk, honestly,” Gardenhire said. “It wasn’t rah-rah or any of the great speeches. I just let them talk. I said, ‘What do you got? Tell me what we need to do.’ Guys spoke up.”

Among those speaking was Castellanos, who talked about Victor Martinez bouncing back from a rough first half early in his career.

“It was more of a we’re-all-in-this-together conversation,” Castellanos said.

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Zimmermann provides shutdown inning: Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann (3-0) earned the win with seven innings of one-run ball, building off his five scoreless innings Monday against Oakland. But no inning was bigger than the bottom of the fifth, immediately after the Tigers pulled ahead. After back-to-back one-out infield singles gave the Jays a chance to answer, Zimmermann struck out Curtis Granderson on a high slider and retired Teoscar Hernandez to end the threat.

“I definitely wanted a shutdown inning,” Zimmermann said. “It’s key for our hitters to get them back out there the next inning feeling good. I wasn’t 1-2-3, but I was happy to get out of there with a zero and get them back swinging.”

Video: DET@TOR: Zimmermann strikes out 6 in 7 solid innings

INJURY REPORT
The Tigers’ rally came at a price. Martin sustained a left hamstring cramp running out his bunt single and left the game, replaced by Victor Reyes. Martin will go onto the disabled list, the Tigers announced after the game. More >

Video: DET@TOR: Martin bunts in a run before getting injured

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Castellanos came within a highlight grab of a two-homer game, sending a drive to deep left-center in the ninth, but Pillar climbed the fence and reached over to keep it in. Even Castellanos applauded Pillar on his way back to the dugout.

“It stinks it has to happen to me,” Castellanos said, “but plays like that have to happen to somebody.”

HE SAID IT
“We have each other’s backs. It’s a tough time, but we never stop fighting. We were always in games.” — Goodrum, whose first career four-hit game resulted in three runs

Video: DET@TOR: Goodrum picks up 4 hits vs. the Blue Jays

UP NEXT
With Canada Day weekend extended to Monday this year for the legal holiday, the Tigers finish up the wraparound series with a 1:07 p.m. ET matinee at Rogers Centre. Mike Fiers (5-5, 4.04 ERA) gets the start hoping to build on seven innings of one-run ball from his last start against Oakland. He’s 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA in two career starts at Toronto.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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Leonys Martin t Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey o DL with hamstring strain

TORONTO — The Tigers’ first win in two weeks came at a price, at least for the next 10 days. Center fielder Leonys Martin is headed to the disabled list with a left hamstring strain after tweaking it in Sunday’s 9-1 victory over the Blue Jays.

“Obviously there’s something in there, and he basically asked us to put him on the DL,” manager Ron Gardenhire said.

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TORONTO — The Tigers’ first win in two weeks came at a price, at least for the next 10 days. Center fielder Leonys Martin is headed to the disabled list with a left hamstring strain after tweaking it in Sunday’s 9-1 victory over the Blue Jays.

“Obviously there’s something in there, and he basically asked us to put him on the DL,” manager Ron Gardenhire said.

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It’s a similar injury to the hamstring strain that cost Martin 10 days on the DL in May, though Martin said this one is in a different part of the hamstring. Though he has stayed in the lineup for the last six weeks since returning, save for an off-day here and there, he’s been dealing with tightness off and on.

“My leg has been bothering me a lot this year,” Martin said. “I’ve been dealing a long time with this. I don’t want to make it worse trying to be a hero. I want to play. I want to be ready to play in the second half, completely healthy. That’s the main thing. I don’t want to keep pushing and make it worse.”

Martin left Sunday’s game after clearly tweaking his hamstring running out a bunt single that drove in the Tigers’ first run in the fifth inning. While Niko Goodrum scored from third on the play, Martin dashed to first base without a play. Along the way, though, he took a funny step nearing the bag and was clearly hobbling the rest of the way.

“We all knew something happened,” Gardenhire said. “[Martin] said it was a cramp or however he described it; his cramp is different than our cramp.”

Martin said he wasn’t thinking about the hamstring as he laid down the bunt to the third-base side of the mound.

“I just saw the chance t Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform o score a run,” Martin said. “That’s what I did. I was trying to run hard to first base, and that’s when I felt the cramp. Hopefully it’ll get well soon.”

How soon that could be, Martin wasn’t sure. Though Martin would be eligible to return for the Tigers’ final series before the All-Star break, a three-game series in Houston against the defending World Series champions, the Tigers could opt to use the extra time with the break to give him 2 1/2 weeks.

“We’ll try to get it right.” Martin said. “The soonest we can go on the DL is 10 days. I’ll try to make it quick, try to be ready to come back in 10 days.”

JaCoby Jones, who has Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey  been starting in left field, moved over to center once Martin left the game. Jones will likely start in center for most of the games Martin is out, since center is his natural position.

No corresponding move was announced, but shortly after the news, Mikie Mahtook was scratched from Triple-A Toledo lineup just before first pitch of their Sunday night game, a strong suggestion he could be called up. Mike Gerber is the only other Mud Hens outfielder on the 40-man roster, though the Tigers could move Miguel Cabrera to the 60-day disabled list to add a player. Cabrera is out for the year following surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.


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