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Tigers still control own destiny; Sunday's AL playoff scenarios

Tigers still control own destiny; Sunday's AL playoff scenarios

DETROIT — The Tigers didn’t do their part on Saturday. By losing to the Minnesota Twins, the Detroit Tigers lost all chance of clinching their fourth straight American League Central Division title Saturday night, a bitter pill to swallow when the White Sox held off the Royals an hour later. “It’s frustrating, for sure. Today was almost a carbon copy of yesterday. A couple defensive mistakes, we didn’t pitch well, and you’re in such a deep hole that it’s tough to climb out of,” manager Brad Ausmus said after the game. “I wasn’t concerned at all going into the game today...
Grand Rapids Press Sep 27, 2014
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus trying to find best spots to use Anibal Sanchez before regular season ends

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus trying to find best spots to use Anibal Sanchez before regular season ends

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wants to get Anibal Sanchez more work out of the bullpen before postseason kicks off. The problem? His time is running out. DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wants to get Anibal Sanchez more work out of the bullpen before the start of the postseason. The problem? His time is running out. Sanchez made his much-anticipated bullpen debut for the Tigers on Friday night and responded by tossing a 14-pitch scoreless inning of relief. Pitching for the first time since Aug. 8 after being out with a pectoral strain, Sanchez faced four...
Chicago Sun-Times Sep 25, 2014

Robin Ventura on Tigers’ Ausmus: ‘Should worry about his own team’

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called Chris Sale “weak.” White Sox manager Robin Ventura begs to differ.
Grand Rapids Press Sep 16, 2014
Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila out of action after symptoms return during workout

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila out of action after symptoms return during workout

Ausmus wouldnt fully rule out the idea of Avila returning Wednesday for the series finale against the Minnesota Twins, but that seems unlikely based on the requirement that he get through a full day that involves a workout without symptoms. MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers want Alex Avila to get through a full day that includes a workout without any symptoms before they put him back in a game. He didn't make the cut Tuesday. Avila is not in the starting lineup Tuesday night after he became lightheaded during a workout. "Alex did some baseball activity today and...
Bless You Boys Sep 16, 2014

Tigers' rotation remains in flux for Royals series

Thanks to a scheduled day off on Thursday and Justin Verlander having suffered a blister in his last start, Brad Ausmus is contemplating his rotation options for this weekend's series in Kansas City. The Detroit Tigers can put a stranglehold on the AL Central with a successful series against the Kansas City Royals this weekend. A big part of the Tigers' winning the series will be their starting rotation imposing their will upon the Royals. But as of today, manager Brad Ausmus has yet to tip his hand as to who will get the starting assignments in the three games. Detroit's rotation is...
Grand Rapids Press Sep 15, 2014
Detroit Tigers starting rotation up in air for series against Kansas City Royals due to 'moving parts'

Detroit Tigers starting rotation up in air for series against Kansas City Royals due to 'moving parts'

Brad Ausmus said hes not 100 percent sure who will start Friday for the Tigers due to some moving parts, but wouldnt go into detail. MINNEAPOLIS -- Brad Ausmus has not announced the starting rotation for the Detroit Tigers for their weekend series against the second-place Kansas City Royals. There's a good reason for that. Ausmus is not 100 percent sure what it will look like. Ausmus headed off questions about the rotation Monday during his session with media members prior to the series opener against the Minnesota Twins. "I'm not going to get into the rotation...
Detroit Free Press Sep 15, 2014

Tigers have yet to name rotation vs. Royals

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus hasn't yet named the rotation for the three-game weekend series in Kansas City. 'There are some moving parts right now,' Ausmus said today. Is one of those the blister on the pitching hand of Justin Verlander, who is due to start against the Royals? 'That's one, but that's not actually a major one,' Ausmus said.
Detroit Free Press Sep 15, 2014

Tigers taking their time with Avila's head injury

As he had indicated Sunday, Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus left catcher Alex Avila out of the lineup tonight after he departed Sunday's game with light-headedness and a headache. 'He felt fine last night,' Ausmus said today. 'He said he was fine today.' But Ausmus is being cautious.
Detroit Free Press Sep 15, 2014

Tigers' Sanchez throws bullpen session, could be reliever in playoffs

Ausmus pointed out that with two weeks remaining in the season, there isn't much time to get Sanchez's endurance restored for him to make a full-length start before the season ends. This suggests that if and when he returns, Sanchez could be a reliever (including in the playoffs) or, as Ausmus said, could start a regular-season game and go at least a few innings.
Grand Rapids Press Sep 15, 2014
Anibal Sanchez throws off mound, could pitch out of bullpen for Detroit Tigers in playoffs

Anibal Sanchez throws off mound, could pitch out of bullpen for Detroit Tigers in playoffs

It seems unlikely that the Tigers will be able to get Sanchezs pitch count up enough to allow him to start in the postseason. If we werent able to do that, Brad Ausmus said, the likely option would be the bullpen. MINNEAPOLIS -- The immediate future remains a bit cloudy for Detroit Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez. But Brad Ausmus is much more interested in being able to use Sanchez in some manner rather than knowing exactly how he might use him. On Monday afternoon, Ausmus discussed the possibility that Sanchez could be an effective asset out of the bullpen...
Grand Rapids Press Sep 14, 2014
Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila exits game with lightheadedness, considered day-to-day

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila exits game with lightheadedness, considered day-to-day

Alex Avila passed all his concussion tests earlier this month after he was struck in the mask by a foul tip in Cleveland. But it appears hes not quite in the clear just yet. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila passed all his concussion tests earlier this month after he was struck in the mask by a foul tip in Cleveland. But it appears he's not quite in the clear just yet. Avila was forced to exit the game after his at-bat in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon with what the Tigers referred to as lightheadedness. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed after...
Detroit Free Press Sep 13, 2014

Tigers' Justin Verlander ready to bounce back against Tribe

Encouraged by his previous start, Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander hopes to see even more improvement in his fifth start today against Cleveland after missing a turn with a shoulder issue. 'He seems to be bouncing back better in terms of poststart soreness the next day,' manager Brad Ausmus said. 'Cleveland was the one start where he wasn't as crisp. I thought his last outing was good. I know it was four runs, but he had a blister issue and two of the runs were late.'
Grand Rapids Press Sep 12, 2014
Detroit Tigers' Phil Coke listed as day-to-day; Eugenio Suarez returns after five-day absence

Detroit Tigers' Phil Coke listed as day-to-day; Eugenio Suarez returns after five-day absence

Detroit Tigers rookie Eugenio Suarez returned to shortstop Friday after sitting out the past four games in favor of Andrew Romine, who went 5-for-12 in his first three starts. DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called Detroit's series against the Kansas City Royals earlier this week the "biggest series of the season to this point." What about his team's series this weekend against the Cleveland Indians? "This series is right up there with the Kansas City series," Ausmus admitted Friday. "Every game for the next couple weeks, every game is extremely important...
Detroit Free Press Sep 12, 2014

Tigers reliever Coke is likely day-to-day after tweaking his back

In the team's press release, Coke was described as having back spasms. Ausmus hadn't heard that term used for it Friday afternoon but confirmed that the issue was something like a spasm.
Detroit News Sep 12, 2014

Brad Ausmus on Tigers' shortstop switch: '(Suarez) wasn't being punished'

From the looks of it, manager Brad Ausmus is going to toggle his shortstops the rest of the way, selecting either Andrew Romine or rookie Eugenio Suarez based on matchups, who the Tigers starting pitcher is and who he perceives to be swinging the hottest bat.

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