Game 47, 2.0: Tigers (22-24) @ White Sox (20-25)

Tigers

SP: Matthew Boyd (L)

SS: José Iglesias (R)
C: Alex Avila (L)
DH: Víctor Martínez (S)
RF: J.D. Martinez (R)
LF: Justin Upton (R)
3B: Nicholas Castellanos (R)
CF: Tyler Collins (L)
1B: John Hicks (R)
2B: Andrew Romine (S)

White Sox

SP: Mike Pelfrey (R)

CF: Leury García (S)
LF: Melky Cabrera (S)
1B: José Abreu (R)
DH: Todd Frazier (R)
RF: Avisaíl García
SS: Tim Anderson (R)
3B: Matt Davidson (R)
C: Kevan Smith (R)
2B: Tyler Saladino (R)

Things: Nicholas Castellanos is back in the lineup, but Miguel Cabrera gets a day off. His groin might still be hurting. James McCann was placed on the 10-day DL the other day, for a lacerated finger. He required five stitches.

Game 47: Detroit (22-24) @ Chicago (20-25)

Tigers

SP: Buck Farmer (R)

SS: José Iglesias (R)
1B: Alex Avila (L)
DH: Víctor Martínez (S)
RF: J.D. Martinez (R)
LF: Justin Upton (R)
3B: Nicholas Castellanos (R)
CF: Tyler Collins (L)
C: John Hicks (R)
2B: Andrew Romine (S)

White Sox

SP: Mike Pelfrey (R)

CF: Leury García (S)
LF: Melky Cabrera (S)
1B: José Abreu (R)
DH: Todd Frazier (R)
RF: Avisaíl García
SS: Tim Anderson (R)
3B: Matt Davidson (R)
C: Omar Narváez (L)
2B: Yolmer Sánchez (S)

Things: This is the first game of a straight double header. With James McCann having been placed on the DL, John Hicks will be catching game 1 (he’s caught plenty of Buck Farmer in Toledo this season).

Game 42: Rangers (23-21) @ Tigers (21-20)

Rangers

SP: Yu Darvish (R)

CF: Delino DeShields (R)
SS: Elvis Andrus (R)
2B: Rougned Odor (L)
DH: Jonathan Lucroy (R)
1B: Mike Napoli (R)
LF: Ryan Rua (R)
RF: Nomar Mazara (L)
C: Robinson Chirinos (R)
3B: Pete Kozma (R)

Tigers</b

SP: Matt Boyd (L)

2B: Ian Kinsler (R)
1B: Alex Avila (L)
DH: Miguel Cabrera (R)
RF: J.D. Martinez (R)
LF: Justin Upton (R)
3B: Nicholas Castellanos (R)
CF: Tyler Collins (L)
C: James McCann (R)
SS: Andrew Romine (S)

Game 41: Rangers (23-20) @ Tigers (20-20)

Rangers

SP: A.J. Griffin (R)

DH: Shin-Soo Choo (L)
SS: Elvis Andrus (R)
RF: Nomar Mazara (L)
C: Jonathan Lucroy (R)
2B: Rougned Odor (L)
1B: Mike Napoli (R)
3B: Joey Gallo (L)
CF: Jared Hoying (L)
LF: Delino DeShields (R)

Tigers

SP: Justin Verlander (R)

2B: Ian Kinsler (R)
1B: Alex Avila (L)
DH: Miguel Cabrera (R)
RF: J.D. Martinez
LF: Justin Upton (R)
3B: Nicholas Castellanos (R)
CF: Tyler Collins (L)
C: James McCann (R)
SS: José Iglesias (R)

News and Notes: Miggy’s back!

Game #JaCoby: Rangers (22-20) @ Tigers (20-19)

Rangers

SP: Nick Martínez (L)

LF: Delino DeShields (R)
RF: Shin-Soo Choo (L)
SS: Elvis Andrus (R)
C: Jonathan Lucroy (R)
2B: Rougned Odor (L)
DH: Mike Napoli (R)
3B: Joey Gallo (L)
1B: Ryan Rua (R)
CF: Jared Hoying (L)

Tigers

SP: Daniel Norris (L)

2B: Ian Kinsler (R)
RF: Tyler Collins (L)
DH: J.D. Martinez (R)
1B: Alex Avila (L)
LF: Justin Upton (R)
3B: Nicholas Castellanos (R)
C: James McCann (R)
CF: Andrew Romine (S)
SS: José Iglesias (R)

Things of Note: BITBITS ARE PEOPLE!!!!!!

Miguel Cabrera Unveils Candy, Unsettling Mascot Quickly Becomes Meme

So, Miguel Cabrera’s been a little busy lately! The Tigers’ first baseman—on the shelf this weekend with a strained oblique—unveiled his new venture, BitBits candy, at Comerica Park today. BitBits appear to be crispy, bite-sized, bits of “chocolatey fun” that come with their own… Whoa, what the heck is that thing.

I’m going to be seeing Chris the Crown in my nightmares. And I think Miggy will be too.

Tigers twitter knows a meme to run into the ground when they see one, and Chris the Crown did not disappoint.

The BitBits will be sold at Comerica Park starting this weekend, according to Matthew Mowery, and then will expand across the Midwest, until they conquer the 48 contiguous United States.

Morning Rewind: The Narrative, The Narrative

Michael Fulmer was solid yet again, giving the Tigers a quality start—eight for eight in that regard so far—and helped his team shake off a tough loss on Tuesday. Say what you want about the quality start as a valuable pitcher metric, but it at least suggests Fulmer can go deep into games and give his team a chance, which is exactly what he did. A day after Matthew Boyd got knocked around to the tune of seven runs, the Tigers needed a starter to go deep and protect a tired ‘pen. Fulmer gave them that, and much more.

Tyler Collins was a big story on Tuesday, as his hitless streak hit 30 at bats. It was a different story last night though, as the beleaguered Tigers outfielder busted out of his slump with two homeruns, including a three-run shot that gave the Tigers a lead Fulmer and the bullpen didn’t relinquish. These were no cheapies either; Collins sent his first homer to right center and his second one into the visitors’ bullpen. He also added a double off a lefty reliever too, to cap a 3-for-4 night. Collins had 10 total bases in this game; he had only 30 total bases coming into the game.

The Tigers’ bullpen also came through a day after some of their members stumbled. After Fulmer finished his seven frames, the ever-reliable Alex Wilson came on and made quick work of the Orioles, dispatching big bats in Mark Trumbo, Jonathan School, and Welington Castillo with ease.

In the ninth, Justin Wilson—by his own admission, without his best stuff—came on for the save. Wilson struggled a little with his command, giving up a leadoff single to Trey Mancini and walking the pinch hitter Joey Rickard, but he also struck out J.J. Hardy, got Adam Jones to fly out, and ended the game with a questionable check swing strike call on Manny Machado. (After the game, Wilson said he wasn’t sure if Machado went on the called third strike, but felt he’d gone earlier in the at bat on a check swing that went against the Tigers. So it evens up!) Wilson also had some thoughts about his blown save the night before, which essentially boiled down to tipping his cap to Trumbo for the homerun. Wilson missed his location on the pitch Trumbo hit out, but most hitters, he felt, wouldn’t have even swung at that pitch. Trumbo is just so strong, he was able to hit it out of the park on a line.

With Minnesota showing some signs that their fairy dust might be rubbing off, and the prohibitive AL Central favorites struggling, the Tigers have a prime opportunity to grab hold of the division. They just need to take advantage. But can they? Tune in later tonight for the exciting conclusion.