Tigers right-hander Shane Greene will undergo season-ending surgery Thursday to repair arterial damage in his right shoulder, the team announced Wednesday.
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Justin Verlander lost a bid for his third no-hitter when Chris Iannetta hit a leadoff double in the ninth inning, and the Tigers beat the Angels 5-0 Wednesday night.
Trying to become the sixth major leaguer to throw three no-hitters, Verlander settled instead for a one-hit shutout.
He was an inch away from so much more.
A routine fly ball that dropped between Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun set off Angels starter Jered Weaver on Tuesday night.
However, Weaver said his dugout rant after the third inning was directed at himself and the team as a whole.
"I wasn't yelling at Mike or anyone in particular," he said. "I told Mike afterward that I would never show up a teammate like that, and he's certainly saved more runs for me in the outfield than he's ever given up. I just wanted the whole team to realize that we're in the middle of a pennant race and we have to start playing better."
After a female fan was hit by a foul ball during the eighth inning of Friday night's game, Tigers starter Justin Verlander called on Major League Baseball to extend the protective netting behind home plate, saying it's "something that needs to be addressed immediately."
"It seems like something happens once a game, where a ball just misses a fan and, inevitably, it's always small kids or women, you know," Verlander said after the Tigers' loss. "It's just something that needs to be looked at, and hopefully it doesn't get to the point where something really serious happens before there's an adjustment made."
The Toronto Blue Jays have traded Randy Wolf to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for cash considerations.
Wolf, 38, has excelled at the Triple-A level this season. The left-hander has a 2.58 ERA and Detroit is in need of an arm with recent injuries to Anibal Sanchez and Daniel Norris.
Brad Ausmus says he has slid Bruce Rondon into the closer's role for the Detroit Tigers.
"The way Rondon has been pitching, I may end up giving him some more opportunities," Ausmus said. "It doesn't mean he will get all of them. He needs days off too."
Rondon will replace Alex Wilson, who has been suffering from shoulder fatigue and may move into an eighth-inning role.
Brad Ausmus believes that Johnny Cueto's sometimes-funky delivery is illegal.
Ausmus complained to plate umpire Joe West that Cueto's delivery was illegal and later offered his thoughts to reporters on Monday night. The Detroit Tigers manager believes that the Kansas City Royals hurler sometimes stops his delivery.
"Really, the way the rule reads, you're not supposed to even alter your motion," Ausmus said. "That's the way the rule reads. They don't enforce it. Well, he said if he stops it's an illegal pitch."
Cueto threw a four-hitter against the Tigers on Monday night.
"Cueto didn't miss in the heart of the plate too much tonight," Nick Castellanos said. "He did a good job of working in and out, up and down, changing speeds, and holding and shaking and quick pitching."
The Detroit Tigers are downplaying a dugout spat between Jose Iglesias and James McCann that took place on Friday night.
Television cameras captured Iglesias shoving McCann before the two were separated. No one offered much detail about the cause of the disagreement.
"You spend seven months with each other, there's going to be disagreements, and sometimes, it leads to pushing and shoving," Brad Ausmus said.
"I've seen it dozens of times during my playing career," he said. "It's generally just because they care about winning and losing, and that's what it was tonight."
Dave Dombrowski says there had been no talks with Detroit Tigers ownership about a new contract, so he began to have doubts about his future with the team.
"You're sort of suspicious there's a chance it could go the other direction," Dombrowski said.
The Tigers announced Tuesday that Dombrowski's tenure as president and general manager was over and named Al Avila the new general manager.
"I respect ownership's decision," he said Wednesday.
Brad Ausmus will remain the manager of the Detroit Tigers for the remainder of the 2015 season.
At that point, Ausmus will be evaluated like everyone else within the organization.
"I believe in Brad Ausmus," said Al Avila, who was promoted to general manager Tuesday after Dave Dombrowski was released from his contract. "He is our manager for the rest of this season for sure. I have all the confidence in him. I think he's done a good job. Just like everything else from here on out, everything will be evaluated. Our staff will be evaluated. Our major-league club will be evaluated as we have done in years past.
"We'll make decisions moving forward after that. But I do have all the confidence in the world in Brad Ausmus and his staff."
Ausmus is in his second season as manager of the Tigers. He signed a three-year contract with a club option for a fourth season prior to the 2014 season.