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Grand Rapids Press Jul 24, 2017
With shoulder surgery behind him, Drew VerHagen works his way back to Detroit Tigers

With shoulder surgery behind him, Drew VerHagen works his way back to Detroit Tigers

VerHagen, who was called up Sunday, hasnt pitched for the Tigers since last May. DETROIT - Is right-hander Drew VerHagen a starter or reliever? The long-term answer to that question is still to be determined, but the short-term plan is clear. VerHagen, who has made 19 starts for Triple-A Toledo this season, was called up to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night to give manager Brad Ausmus another option in the bullpen, which was heavily taxed during the team's seven-game road trip. "I know he would like to start," Ausmus said of VerHagen, who has spent parts of...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 23, 2017
Tigers trade rumors: More deals aren't a given, Brad Ausmus says

Tigers trade rumors: More deals aren't a given, Brad Ausmus says

I thought J.D. was probably inevitable, Ausmus said Sunday. Im not sure anybody else is. MINNEAPOLIS -- Five days after the Detroit Tigers traded away outfielder J.D. Martinez, is manager Brad Ausmus waiting for the other shoe to drop? "Not really," he said. In fact, Ausmus said he doesn't think it's a given that the Tigers will make any more deals between now and the July 31 trade deadline. "I thought J.D. was probably inevitable," Ausmus said Sunday. "I'm not sure anybody else is." At least two other Tigers are widely expected to be dealt in the next eight...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 22, 2017
Tigers, Twins lineups: Miguel Cabrera out with bruised collarbone

Tigers, Twins lineups: Miguel Cabrera out with bruised collarbone

Andrew Romine will start at first base for the Tigers. MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera will sit out Saturday's game after being struck on the chest by a sharp ground ball. Cabrera has a right clavicle contusion, essentially a bruised collarbone, and is considered day to day. "I was kind of leaning toward it anyway, but I just double-checked with him and he said he was still sore, so I'm going to give him another day," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. Andrew Romine will start at first base for the Tigers, who will use a revamped batting order...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 19, 2017
Daniel Norris OK after tweaking quad; Matthew Boyd to start Sunday

Daniel Norris OK after tweaking quad; Matthew Boyd to start Sunday

Boyd, Norris replacement on the big-league club, will get another start for the Tigers Sunday in the series finale against the Minnesota Twins. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Detroit Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris felt something in his quad muscle while running to cover first base during his rehab start Tuesday night with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.  But Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Norris continued pitching and should be OK to make a second rehab start in five days.  Norris' replacement on the big-league club, Matthew Boyd, will get another start for the Tigers...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 19, 2017
Brad Ausmus on Tigers' sell-off: 'We have to look ourselves in the mirror'

Brad Ausmus on Tigers' sell-off: 'We have to look ourselves in the mirror'

If we were in first place, (the J.D. Martinez trade) wouldnt have happened, Ausmus said. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said it was tough to say goodbye to star outfielder J.D. Martinez, but the Tigers have no one to blame but themselves. "We have to look ourselves in the mirror," Ausmus said Tuesday night in his first comments since Martinez was traded the Arizona Diamondbacks. "If we were in first place, it wouldn't have happened. I have to be accountable as the manager. The coaches and the players all have to be accountable. The...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 18, 2017
Tigers, Royals lineups: J.D. Martinez starting in right field

Tigers, Royals lineups: J.D. Martinez starting in right field

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Martinez took some swings on Tuesday and felt fine. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A day after being removed in the sixth inning due to lower back tightness, Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez was back in the lineup. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Martinez took some swings on Tuesday and felt fine. Ausmus said shortstop Dixon Machado is getting an "on day" (as opposed to Jose Iglesias getting an off day). Machado hasn't started since before the All-Star break. Tigers lineups 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. Nicholas Castellanos, 3B3. Justin...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 18, 2017
J.D. Martinez (lower back tightness) could return to lineup Tuesday

J.D. Martinez (lower back tightness) could return to lineup Tuesday

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said his removal on Monday was precautionary and Martinez might have remained in the game had the score not been so lopsided. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez could return to the lineup on Tuesday after leaving Monday's game in the sixth inning with lower-back tightness. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the move was precautionary and Martinez might have remained in the game had the score not been so lopsided. The Tigers beat the Royals 10-2 in the series opener Monday. The game was briefly delayed while Alex...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 17, 2017
Brad Ausmus focused on today even as Tigers might trade with eye to future

Brad Ausmus focused on today even as Tigers might trade with eye to future

Als got a job to do. Hes got to do whats best for the organization moving forward. My job is to win today. They dont always jibe, but we work well together, Ausmus said. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila is worried about 2018, 2019 and beyond. Manager Brad Ausmus is worried about tonight's game. There's a natural conflict between the two vantage points, but Ausmus said he and Avila have never let it affect their relationship, even in July when the line between competing now and building for later starts to become more pronounced. "Al's...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 16, 2017
Tigers to start Matthew Boyd on Tuesday, send Daniel Norris on rehab assignment in Toledo

Tigers to start Matthew Boyd on Tuesday, send Daniel Norris on rehab assignment in Toledo

Matthew Boyd will start against the Royals on Tuesday, his first start with Detroit since May 31. DETROIT - Matthew Boyd is headed back to Detroit. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced after Detroit's 6-5 win Sunday over Toronto that Boyd will be called up from triple-A Toledo to start Tuesday in Kansas City. Daniel Norris, who has been on the 10-day disabled list since July 6 with a groin strain, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday in Toledo. Norris threw a bullpen session on Friday that Ausmus called "mediocre." The lefty, who has a 9.88 ERA in his last...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 16, 2017
Tigers, Blue Jays lineups: Castellanos remains in 2-spot, McCann catching vs RHP Estrada

Tigers, Blue Jays lineups: Castellanos remains in 2-spot, McCann catching vs RHP Estrada

James McCann starts at catcher for the second straight game against the Blue Jays. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is keeping a similar lineup Sunday against Toronto after the team scored 11 runs on 14 hits in Saturday's win.  Nicholas Castellanos remains in the two-spot against righty Marco Estrada, while James McCann starts at catcher for the second straight game. The only change is Alex Presley in center field and hitting seventh.  Tigers lineup 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. Nicholas Castellanos, 3B3. Justin Upton, LF4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B5. J.D....
Grand Rapids Press Jul 15, 2017
Tigers hold team meeting after ugly loss to open 2nd half of season

Tigers hold team meeting after ugly loss to open 2nd half of season

When the doors were reopened 15 minutes later, no one was talking. DETROIT -- Everyone but players and coaches were removed from the Detroit Tigers clubhouse at 3 p.m. on Saturday. When the doors were reopened 15 minutes later, no one was talking about what was discussed during the brief team meeting. "None of your damn business. If it was your business, I would have invited you," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. "I was there. That's about all you'll get out of me." His comments were echoed by players, none of whom wanted to talk about the contents of the...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 14, 2017
No decision on Daniel Norris, 5th starter for next week

No decision on Daniel Norris, 5th starter for next week

Norris threw a side session on Friday, his first work since being placed on the disabled list with a strained groin. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers left-handed pitcher Daniel Norris threw a side session on Friday, his first work since being placed on the disabled list with a strained groin. The Tigers could activate him on Tuesday to start against the Kansas City Royals, although manager Brad Ausmus said that has not yet been decided. Other options could be Matthew Boyd, currently at Triple-A Toledo, or Tigers long relievers Warwick Saupold and Chad Bell. Toledo...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 14, 2017
Metallica concert leaves trampled outfield turf at Comerica Park

Metallica concert leaves trampled outfield turf at Comerica Park

The Tigers returned from a week off on Friday to find a large brown stripe running across their normally pristine outfield. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers returned from a week off on Friday to find a large brown stripe running across their normally pristine outfield at Comerica Park. Metallica and thousands of fans of the legendary metal band had been here while they were gone. The concert on Wednesday night, combined with heavy rains, left a swathe of muddy, trampled grass. "It's not pretty. There's no question about that," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus Friday...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 10, 2017
After all this Tigers trade talk, what if nothing happens at the deadline?

After all this Tigers trade talk, what if nothing happens at the deadline?

Brad Ausmus thinks (and hopes) that scenario is very possible DETROIT -- Last October, in a post-season press conference at Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila revealed the organization's long-term plans to cut payroll and become leaner, younger and more nimble. Big trades, it seemed, were on the horizon. Then nothing happened. Two months later, at the Winter Meetings in Washington, D.C., everyone expected the Tigers' to be the most active dealers. Then nothing happened. "I've said it before," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus from behind his...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 7, 2017
Brad Ausmus, Tigers send best wishes to absent Indians manager

Brad Ausmus, Tigers send best wishes to absent Indians manager

Francona wont be in the home dugout this weekend for the three-game series against Detroit. CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona won't be in the home dugout this weekend for the three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. He won't manage the American League team in All-Star game next week, either. Francona has been hospitalized since Tuesday after feeling lightheaded and experiencing an increased heart rate. He underwent a cardiac ablation on Thursday to correct his irregular heartbeat. "I've known Tito since 1996 when I was a Tiger and he...

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