Tigers’ Avila accepts risks that come with being a catcher (Yahoo! Sports)

Alex Avila doesn’t want to do anything stupid with his legs while catching. He acknowledges it could happen anyway. Twice in the last 10 days, the Detroit Tigers catcher has blocked a runner off the plate with his left foot, then made a tag complete a double play on a fly ball…

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Unparalleled Verlander coming into his own (Yahoo! Sports)

Justin Verlander’s pitching prowess, coupled with his drive and experience, make him a once-an-era weapon.

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Verlander quiets Mets in Detroit’s 5-2 win (AP)

By Justin Verlander’s lofty standards, this was a so-so performance. It was more than enough to boost a battered Detroit pitching staff. Verlander pitched seven solid innings Thursday to lead the Tigers to a 5-2 win over the big-hitting New York Mets. Detroit had allowed 30 runs in the first two games of the series, but Verlander finished a terrific June by holding New York at bay, preventing a…

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Tigers 5, Mets 2 (adds quotes) (Yahoo! Sports)

The New York Mets ran into something they couldn’t handle Thursday — Justin Verlander. No disgrace in that, though. It’s a very large boat with a lot of passengers. He ended New York’s four-game winning streak as Detroit won 5-2, but the Mets still have taken six of…

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Tigers 5, Mets 2 (first lede) (Yahoo! Sports)

The New York Mets ran into something they couldn’t handle Thursday — Justin Verlander. No disgrace in that, though. It’s a very large boat with a lot of passengers. He ended New York’s four-game winning streak as Detroit won 5-2, but the Mets still have taken six of…

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Mets making it look easy: Fan’s take (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

It was just another night at the ballpark for the New York Mets offense: 16 hits, 20 runs and another victory against a first place team. Angel Pagan and Daniel Murphy each had four RBI, as the Mets drubbed the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers, 16-9, for the second…

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Tigers move Coke to bullpen, Furbush to rotation: A fan’s reaction (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

Drawing painfully near the midway point in a tumultuous 2011 Major League Baseball season, the Detroit Tigers have, finally, begun to make the changes many fans have been looking forward to. After two dreadful performances against the New York Mets, the club found themselves…

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Mets OF Harris leaves team after baby’s death (AP)

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 15:  Willie Harris(notes) #22 of the New York Mets slides safely into second under the tag of Alex Gonzalez(notes) #2 of the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

New York Mets outfielder Willie Harris has been put on the bereavement list after his wife went into premature labor and their baby died. Manager Terry Collins offered his condolences to Harris and his wife, Trey, before Thursday’s game at Detroit. Harris had gone on the paternity list Wednesday when his wife went into labor.


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Mets OF Harris leaves team after baby’s death (PA SportsTicker)

New York Mets outfielder Willie Harris has been put on the bereavement list after his wife went into premature labor and their baby died.

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Coke gives Tigers no reason to smile (Yahoo! Sports)

The question of what do about Phil Coke isn’t just being discussed by Detroit fans, it’s also a topic of conversation for the Tigers’ brass. Coke turned in another winless outing, getting beat up for 10 hits and eight runs (seven earned) in four innings as the New York…

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