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Tigers' Joba Chamberlain is the setup man, with mix-and-match opportunities

It may not be a popular decision, but the Tigers feel comfortable with Joba Chamberlain in the setup role -- for now. DETROIT -- Brad Ausmus has been dancing around the topic of who is the designated setup man since the season started. Friday night that ended when Ausmus went to the bullpen in the eighth inning with a one-run lead. Of the three relievers warming in the 'pen, Joba Chamberlain emerged over Angel Nesbitt and Tom Gorzelanny. "It wasn't really a decision," Ausmus said. "Joba's the eighth-inning guy." There you have it. It's not really all that shocking. Ausmus has turned to...
Grand Rapids Press May 22, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus says major league pitchers should have help in gripping baseball

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus says major league pitchers should have help in gripping baseball

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus can to the defense of suspended Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will Smith on Friday. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus can to the defense of suspended Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will Smith on Friday. Smith was suspended eight games by Major League Baseball after he was ejected from Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves for having a foreign substance on his right forearm. He said it was sunscreen and rosin to help grip the ball better in the cool and windy conditions in Atlanta. "Honestly, I feel like we should have...
Grand Rapids Press May 21, 2015
Detroit Tigers players wear T-shirts poking fun at 'dreamy' Brad Ausmus

Detroit Tigers players wear T-shirts poking fun at 'dreamy' Brad Ausmus

Nearly every Tigers player was gifted a T-shirt on Wednesday with Brad Ausmus face plastered on it, along with the word Dreamy, spelled with an Olde English D. The customized 'Dreamy' T-shirts can be purchased at bigwaterapparel.com.Courtesy of Big Water Apparel  DETROIT -- Alex Avila seems to have plenty of free time on his hands nowadays since being placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this month. And Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has an idea how the injured catcher has been spending some of it. Nearly every Tigers player was gifted a T-shirt Wednesday with...
Houston Chronicle May 21, 2015

Brad Ausmus: Astros are a force to be reckoned with

DETROIT — Brad Ausmus and A.J. Hinch didn’t live far from each other in San Diego when both were in the Padres front office from November 2010 until Ausmus left to manage the Tigers before last season. The two former big league catchers turned skippers weren’t close during their contemporaneous playing careers, but have a […]
Grand Rapids Press May 21, 2015

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus on surging Houston Astros, his time time spent in Texas

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus previews the four-game weekend series vs. the Houston Astros, his time spent in Texas and interaction with Astros manager A.J. Hinch.
Grand Rapids Press May 20, 2015
Brad Ausmus believes Tigers have underachieved to this point: 'I think we're better than our record'

Brad Ausmus believes Tigers have underachieved to this point: 'I think we're better than our record'

The Tigers won their first six games and nine of their first 10. They were 14-16 in their past 30 games heading into their series finale Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers. DETROIT -- The 2015 season is basically one quarter completed. The Detroit Tigers have played 40 games. They are on pace to win 93 games, which would be three more than they won last season. But Tigers manager Brad Ausmus feels like they should have a few more at this point. "I think we're better than our record," Ausmus said Wednesday afternoon. "I think we've underachieved a...
It's not a dream — Tigers pick up on Ausmus T-shirt meme

It's not a dream — Tigers pick up on Ausmus T-shirt meme

There have been any number of Brad Ausmus memes since he took over as the manager of the Tigers, but not many have made their way into the team's clubhouse.Now one has.Every locker had a T-shirt in it by Wednesday afternoon, and all of them had Brad Ausmus' face on them, along with the word "Dreamy," spelled with an Olde English D. The T-shirts, made by Big Water Apparel, were apparently ordered by hitting coach Wally Joyner."I don’t really have one," Ausmus said with a sheepish grin, when asked if he had a reaction. "Well, Alex (Avila) walked in with it on, to show me, like he had a...
Grand Rapids Press May 20, 2015
J.D. Martinez to fill role as Detroit Tigers' cleanup hitter with Victor Martinez sidelined indefinitely

J.D. Martinez to fill role as Detroit Tigers' cleanup hitter with Victor Martinez sidelined indefinitely

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus basically has two choices: J.D. Martinez or Yoenis Cespedes. For now, it appears hes sticking with Martinez. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus basically has two options: J.D. Martinez or Yoenis Cespedes. For now, it appears he's sticking with Martinez. With Victor Martinez sidelined indefinitely with inflammation in his left knee, the Tigers will need a new cleanup hitter to fill his void in the starting lineup. And it appears J.D. Martinez will be asked to fill that role for the foreseeable future. For the second...
Grand Rapids Press May 20, 2015
Analysis: Easy to second-guess now, but Tigers waited too long to put Victor Martinez on the DL

Analysis: Easy to second-guess now, but Tigers waited too long to put Victor Martinez on the DL

Could Victor Martinez have continued to play through the injury? Absolutely. But nothing wouldve changed. Martinez needs rest. He needs a lot of it. The Tigers realize that now. DETROIT -- This year, Victor Martinez has been a shell of the player who finished runner-up in the American League's MVP voting last year. Martinez admitted as much Monday when he spoke to reporters after he went 0 for 4 with no balls hit out of the infield, extending his hitless streak to 13 at-bats. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus admitted as much Tuesday -- a day after Martinez appeared to...
Grand Rapids Press May 19, 2015
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus tossed from game after arguing balls and strikes

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus tossed from game after arguing balls and strikes

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was ejected by plate umpire Tripp Gibson in the fifth inning for arguing balls and strikes after Ian Kinsler was caught looking at third strike Tuesday.   DETROIT -- For the second time this season, Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has been tossed from a game. Ausmus was ejected by plate umpire Tripp Gibson in the fifth inning for arguing balls and strikes after Ian Kinsler was caught looking at third strike from Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson on Tuesday night. Kinsler protested the call near the batter's box and...
Grand Rapids Press May 19, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus confident Victor Martinez will 'contribute at some point this year'

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus confident Victor Martinez will 'contribute at some point this year'

When asked if Brad Ausmus is confident Victor Martinez will be able to contribute at some point this season, the second-year manager didnt hesitate with his response. DETROIT -- Detroit manager Brad Ausmus refused to speculate Tuesday about a timetable for when Victor Martinez will be ready to rejoin the Tigers. It could be two weeks when he's first eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list. It could be after the All-Star break in mid-July. It's too early to say right now, Ausmus said when he met with reporters in his office prior to Tuesday's game. "I...
Grand Rapids Press May 18, 2015

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus on warming bats, giving Yoenis Cespedes day off vs. Milwaukee

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus on the increased offensive production of late and the line up for Monday's game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers.
Grand Rapids Press May 16, 2015
Brad Ausmus says MRI results are good news for Shane Greene: 'The level of concern is way down'

Brad Ausmus says MRI results are good news for Shane Greene: 'The level of concern is way down'

Greene, who had Tommy John surgery in 2008, left the game Friday night after five innings due to mild ulnar neuritis, which is the compression of the ulnar nerve. ST. LOUIS -- The best indicator that the Detroit Tigers received good news regarding the MRI that Shane Greene had Saturday morning was the fact that Brad Ausmus was willing to discuss them before the day was done. The Tigers generally wait until test results are fully analyzed before discussing the findings. But Ausmus said Saturday afternoon after his team's 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals that...
Grand Rapids Press May 16, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Bruce Rondon could throw simulated game, start rehabilitation assignment soon

Detroit Tigers' Bruce Rondon could throw simulated game, start rehabilitation assignment soon

Brad Ausmus called it an excellent sign that Rondon felt good Saturday morning after throwing a bullpen session the day before. ST. LOUIS -- Bruce Rondon threw a bullpen session Friday that went well. But he took a bigger step Saturday morning. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called it "an excellent sign" that Rondon felt good Saturday morning after throwing a bullpen session the day before. "That was kind of the last hurdle for him, I think, was being able to throw all-out and still feel OK the next day," Ausmus said. Both Rondon (right biceps tendinitis)...
Grand Rapids Press May 14, 2015
Detroit Tigers notebook: Al Alburquerque trending in right direction after making mechanical adjustment

Detroit Tigers notebook: Al Alburquerque trending in right direction after making mechanical adjustment

Al Alburquerque was arguably the the most consistent pitcher the Tigers had in their bullpen last season. But its been an entirely different story for him this season. DETROIT -- There will be a time this season when the Detroit Tigers will need to bring in a reliever in the late innings in a close game with a runner in scoring position. And the Tigers will need that reliever to get a much-needed strikeout. It's a job that manager Brad Ausmus thinks reliever Al Alburquerque can handle. "Especially against the right-handed hitter, I think he has the ability to get...

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