2:36 PM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Detroit Free Press Apr 17, 2014

To have Hunter bunt or not? Tigers' Ausmus goes back and forth

Less than 12 hours after he had Torii Hunter make a rare and ill-fated sacrifice bunt attempt in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 3-2 loss to Cleveland, the Tigers manager still hadn't landed on a definitive position on his crucial call.
Grand Rapids Press Apr 17, 2014
Brad Ausmus reflects on asking Torii Hunter to bunt: 'I don't think it was a bad decision'

Brad Ausmus reflects on asking Torii Hunter to bunt: 'I don't think it was a bad decision'

Ausmus did a bit of thinking about the decision as well as talking with coaches about it. He said Thursday morning its the most he has pondered a decision after the fact in his young managerial career. DETROIT -- Many fans of the Detroit Tigers second-guessed manager Brad Ausmus after he had Torii Hunter attempt to bunt Wednesday night during the team's key inning in a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Ausmus did a bit of thinking about the decision as well as talking with coaches about it. He said Thursday morning it's the most he has pondered a decision after...
Bless You Boys Apr 17, 2014
Tigers, Torii Hunter fail to execute when called upon vs. Indians

Tigers, Torii Hunter fail to execute when called upon vs. Indians

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus made a rare miscue Wednesday night and asked Torii Hunter to bunt. That decision may have cost them the game. DETROIT -- It might not all have come down to the bunt. But then again, it might have. You know it, I know it, and even Torii Hunter knows it. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after the game, "I talked to him about it before he went up and he was on board. He's done it before, just didn't work out that one time. You're not always going to be successful in your sacrifice bunt. Everyone thinks it's easy but when a guy's throwing 95 mph, that's not...
Detroit News Apr 16, 2014

Tigers' Brad Ausmus uses few words to put his stamp on team's culture

There was a sense even during spring camp that, after eight years, Leyland's imprint, both as a personality and as a manager, would remain with the team in some fashion, however fleeting. But, without a shard of disrespect for what Leyland accomplished, Ausmus has established his own style and culture. Neither better nor lesser than Leyland's program, it is Ausmus' ship all the way.
Grand Rapids Press Apr 16, 2014
Brad Ausmus explains decision to not bat Rajai Davis leadoff, hit Nick Castellanos ahead of Alex Avila

Brad Ausmus explains decision to not bat Rajai Davis leadoff, hit Nick Castellanos ahead of Alex Avila

Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis could be asked to bat leadoff against lefties in AL ballparks, but will likely be asked to bat ninth against righties in the AL for the foreseeable future. Detroit Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis does the exercise drills during pregame activities before a game against the San Diego Padres on Friday in San Diego.AP Photo  DETROIT -- Rajai Davis entered Wednesday riding a seven-game hitting streak after batting .350 as the leadoff hitter during the Tigers' five-game trip to the West Coast. His reward? Manager Brad Ausmus moved the...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 15, 2014
Postponement of Tigers-Indians game pushes back Drew Smyly's return to starting rotation

Postponement of Tigers-Indians game pushes back Drew Smyly's return to starting rotation

Brad Ausmus had inserted Smyly into the rotation Wednesday to face the Indians, but the Tigers will now go with Anibal Sanchez after their game Tuesday was postponed due to inclement weather. Drew Smyly saw his first start of the 2014 season pushed back when the game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians that was set for Tuesday night was postponed.AP File Photo Drew Smyly will not start against the Cleveland Indians after all. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus had inserted Smyly into the rotation Wednesday to face the Indians, but the Tigers will...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 13, 2014
Brad Ausmus explains shuffle that puts Drew Smyly in rotation, gives Rick Porcello extra rest

Brad Ausmus explains shuffle that puts Drew Smyly in rotation, gives Rick Porcello extra rest

Verlander will start Thursday. Rick Porcello, whose normal day to pitch would have been Wednesday, will be pushed back to Friday and will start the series opener against the Los Angeles Angels. SAN DIEGO -- Brad Ausmus shuffled up the rotation a bit for this week. On Sunday, he explained some of his reasons. Due to off-days, Ausmus did not need to put left-hander Drew Smyly in the rotation until Saturday. But Smyly will start Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians, who have a lineup stacked with left-handed hitters. "That doesn't hurt," Ausmus said of the...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 13, 2014
Brad Ausmus not surprised by prank pulled on Jeff Francoeur, was focal point of video last season

Brad Ausmus not surprised by prank pulled on Jeff Francoeur, was focal point of video last season

On Sunday, a video made its way around the Internet of a prank the Padres pulled on Francoeur in which his teammates worked together to convince Francoeur for a month that Chihuahuas pitcher Jorge Reyes was deaf. SAN DIEGO -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was not surprised when he saw how the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Padres' Triple-A team, worked together to pull off an elaborate prank on outfielder Jeff Francoeur. Ausmus has seen it before. In fact, he was the target of a video ringleader Corey Decker, a catcher in the Padres system, helped put together...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 13, 2014
Justin Verlander after first hit: 'I'm just glad that those guys aren't going to make fun of me anymore'

Justin Verlander after first hit: 'I'm just glad that those guys aren't going to make fun of me anymore'

When he got to first, Verlander tried to act like he was taking it in stride, to put on a face that said Ive been here before. But he hadnt been there before, and when he saw his teammates smiling and waving and jumping up and down in the dugout, a huge grin broke out on his face. Justin Verlander struck out eight in seven innings on the mound and went 2 for 3 with two singles at the plate.AP Photo SAN DIEGO -- Brad Ausmus tried to put on the "take" sign with Justin Verlander facing a 3-1 pitch. But Verlander didn't see it. "I was in the zone," he joked. So...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 12, 2014
Brad Ausmus explains why he is not starting Nick Castellanos in left field: 'It wouldn't be fair to him'

Brad Ausmus explains why he is not starting Nick Castellanos in left field: 'It wouldn't be fair to him'

During the current interleague road trip, Ausmus has shifted Miguel Cabrera between first and third and has left either Martinez, Avila or Castellanos out of the starting lineup in each of the first four games. Nick Castellanos smiles Wednesday night as he heads home from third base after hitting a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Castellanos will get his second start tonight in the fourth game of a five-game interleague road trip on the West Coast.AP File Photo SAN DIEGO -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus could start Victor Martinez, Alex...
Detroit News Apr 12, 2014

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is one cool customer

He is described by the journalists who travel with the Tigers as being 'cool.' And he is — while at the same time he might be regarded as old (somewhat) school.
Bless You Boys Apr 12, 2014
GIF: Brad Ausmus is the Tigers' new shortstop

GIF: Brad Ausmus is the Tigers' new shortstop

Ausmus barehanded a foul ball in the third inning of last night's game and should probably start at shortstop tonight. He may be a bit old to handle catching duties on a full-time basis, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus still has the hands to play some ball. Exhibit A: Ausmus barehanded a foul ball off the bat of Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko, then casually flipped the ball to some lesser being out of the camera shot. As Rod Allen said, "he's so cool."
Grand Rapids Press Apr 11, 2014
Brad Ausmus inserts Drew Smyly into rotation to face Indians, who have struggled vs. lefties

Brad Ausmus inserts Drew Smyly into rotation to face Indians, who have struggled vs. lefties

The Indians have a lineup chock full of left-handed hitters and have struggled vs. lefties this season. Heading into their game Friday, the Indians were hitting .192 with a .542 OPS against left-handers and .265 with a .764 OPS against right-handers. SAN DIEGO -- Drew Smyly will head back to the starting rotation a few days earlier than absolutely necessary. But by doing so, he will face a division opponent that has struggled against left-handers this season. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Friday afternoon that Smyly will start Wednesday night against...

On deck: Ausmus brings Tigers to Petco

Cabrera, Verlander, Scherzer valuable assets for first-time manager.
Detroit News Apr 11, 2014

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus keeps cool in stiffest test

Not only was Ausmus not alarmed at what happened to Nathan, who allowed the Dodgers to tie the score with three runs for his second blown save with the Tigers, he emphasized the positive.

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