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  1. Tigers must make Joakim Soria closer before title bid blows up

    Joe Nathan's blow-up in the ninth inning, following a weekend of escape acts against the Indians, and too many such incidents in 2014, have made for an uncomfortable but necessary decision by the Tigers.

  2. Despite shortcomings, Joe Nathan gets job done for Tigers and that's enough

    When the 'Tigers' and 'bullpen' are threaded into the same sentence you can generally add a third word: anxiety. There is simply little confidence the Tigers will have a clean close-out to a game in which their back-end relievers are involved.

  3. Tigers rediscover swagger in nick of time

    It is one thing to conceive a script for winning. It is quite another, as this team has displayed through much of 2014, to play in a manner envisioned or idealized.

  4. Jose Iglesias, Steven Moya and Devon Travis likely in Tigers' plans for 2015

    Players dressed in heavier blue and white togs were handling the 61-degree chill as they took batting practice ahead of what was expected to be a standing-room-only crowd for a game against the Indians and sizzling starter Carlos Carrasco.

  5. Tigers' Brad Ausmus not wilting in first pennant race as manager

    A year ago, Ausmus worked in San Diego. His title sounded like something from a big-league version of a Dilbert cartoon: special assistant, baseball operations. Today he is running field operations for a Tigers club trying to win a fourth consecutive American League Central title.

  6. Tigers rookie Nick Castellanos deserves time to grow at third base

    Spicing up Tuesday's pregame baseball conversation was a debate made for Detroit. It had to do with Castellanos and critics who don't buy the Tigers third baseman's version of defense.

  7. Tigers will miss 3-million attendance mark, but by no fault of their own

    Taking apart a game Monday in which the Tigers took apart the Royals, 9-5, during a playoff-flavored series opener at Comerica Park, story subjects included:

  8. Tigers have to ask how they got into this royal mess

    They have ceded first place to the Royals, who arrive at Comerica Park today for a three-game series that will help determine if Detroit cracks the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, or heads home for a tough offseason of reflection and retooling.

  9. Tigers have too many soft spots and, surprisingly, starting pitching is one

    Saturday's loss to the Giants reinforced a reality on display since the Tigers arrived for Opening Day. Starting pitching, a team's supposed calling card, has too often been knee-capped by a team and its shortcomings. And that's combining to make the playoffs a fading proposition.

  10. With James McCann up from Toledo, Tigers begin to assess their future at catcher

    Looking past a pennant race for some necessary moments, the Tigers already are dealing with present and future plans at catcher. Three are on the team now, and those same three could arrive at spring camp in five months as the Tigers sort out their 2015 roster.

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