• Devon Travis, the fourth-ranked prospect in the Tigers system, according to MLB.com, started in center field for the second consecutive game Friday for Double-A Erie. Travis' move from second base comes amidst Detroit's search for a long-term answer in center following Austin Jackson's trade a month ago and a failed bid for Cuban speedster Rusney Castillo. Travis is scheduled to take part in the Arizona Fall League, where he could continue the experiment.
• Reliever Joakim Soria threw off flat ground Friday afternoon, his third such session in four days, as he rehabs a left oblique strain that landed him on the 15-day disabled list 2 1/2 weeks ago. If Soria feels fine on Saturday, he could begin throwing off a mound.
• Anibal Sanchez did not throw on Friday, but felt more improvement in his strained right pectoral muscle, according to manager Brad Ausmus. There remains no timetable on when Sanchez might resume throwing.
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