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Grand Rapids Press 11 hours ago
Detroit Tigers notebook: Catcher Bryan Holaday 'toughest' of eight cuts for Brad Ausmus

Detroit Tigers notebook: Catcher Bryan Holaday 'toughest' of eight cuts for Brad Ausmus

The Tigers optioned Holaday and outfielder Tyler Collins to Toledo and assigned eight players to minor league camp. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Bryan Holaday spent the entire 2014 season in the major leagues. He will start the 2015 season at Triple-A Toledo. Holaday was the hardest of the cuts for Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. "That was the toughest because of our previous relationship in the sense that he was here all last year as one of our catchers," Ausmus said Monday morning. "He was a very important part of the team and a very important part of the clubhouse....
Grand Rapids Press 13 hours ago
Analysis: James McCann has shot at being more than just platoon player for Detroit Tigers in 2015

Analysis: James McCann has shot at being more than just platoon player for Detroit Tigers in 2015

Ausmus didnt shed much light on how much McCann will play this season. Ask me in September, he said. But there is a good chance he will play plenty. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Now that James McCann has made the team, the next logical question is regarding how much he will play. Brad Ausmus? "Ask me in September," Ausmus said Monday morning when pressed on the issue. "I just kind of explained what he was going to do." Well, Ausmus did and he didn't. But it wouldn't be a surprise at all if McCann is a platoon-plus player in a similar fashion that Rajai Davis is expected...
Grand Rapids Press 19 hours ago
Analysis: Tyler Collins ready for majors, but likely odd man out when Detroit Tigers make final cuts

Analysis: Tyler Collins ready for majors, but likely odd man out when Detroit Tigers make final cuts

Andrew Romine, Hernan Perez and Tyler Collins. Two of these three players will make the Detroit Tigers opening day roster. One wont. CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Andrew Romine, Hernan Perez and Tyler Collins. Two of these three players will make the Detroit Tigers' opening day roster. One won't. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus won't say which two players he plans to keep when the season begins April 6. But with only eight days until opening day, it's becoming increasingly clear who's going to be the odd man out when all is said and done. Collins has what it takes to be in the...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 29, 2015
Justin Verlander does light tossing; Detroit Tigers discuss options if his first start is pushed back

Justin Verlander does light tossing; Detroit Tigers discuss options if his first start is pushed back

Justin Verlanders status for Thursdays spring start remains unclear, but the six-time All-Star told manager Brad Ausmus that he felt better Sunday morning. CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Justin Verlander still feels tightness. But it's getting better. Verlander's status for Thursday's spring start remains unclear, but the six-time All-Star told manager Brad Ausmus that he felt "better" Sunday morning. "He's just going to get treatment," Ausmus said. "But it's good that he came back feeling better the second day." For the first time since exiting Friday's game with a cramp...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 28, 2015
Detroit Tigers optimistic Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez will be ready to play opening day

Detroit Tigers optimistic Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez will be ready to play opening day

When Tigers manager Brad Ausmus finally unveils Detroits opening day lineup, dont be surprised if it includes the teams top two hitters. Watch video   LAKELAND, Fla. -- When Tigers manager Brad Ausmus finally unveils Detroit's opening day lineup, don't be surprised if it includes the team's top two hitters. Ausmus wasn't ready to pencil Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in the opening day lineup Saturday, but the second-year manager told reporters he's "optimistic" both players will be ready to play against the Minnesota Twins on April 6. "I'd...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 28, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus optimistic Justin Verlander will make next start despite triceps cramp

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus optimistic Justin Verlander will make next start despite triceps cramp

Brad Ausmus said his level of concern didnt change overnight. Hes remains optimistic Justin Verlander will be able to make his next scheduled start this spring. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wasn't able to provide an immediate update on Justin Verlander when he met with reporters early Saturday. He was still awaiting official word from Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand. But Ausmus said his level of concern hadn't changed overnight. He remains optimistic Verlander will be able to make his next scheduled start this spring. "Anytime a...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 28, 2015
Roster decision regarding left-handed relievers could be final one for Detroit Tigers this spring

Roster decision regarding left-handed relievers could be final one for Detroit Tigers this spring

The Tigers have 37 players remaining in camp, so there are still decisions to be made. Here is a breakdown of those 37 players by position. DUNEDIN -- The Detroit Tigers have six right-handers in camp and are almost certain to take five of them north. They have a few more decisions when it comes to left-handers. The Tigers have just eight Grapefruit League games remaining to narrow down their left-handed relievers from four to two. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Friday morning that he isn't leaning one way or the other and that the decision could come down to...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 27, 2015
Detroit Tigers starting lineup picture beginning to clear as opening day draws near

Detroit Tigers starting lineup picture beginning to clear as opening day draws near

Brad Ausmus is starting to use lineups that look like lineups he might use in the regular season. So why not take a stab at what the regular starting lineup for the Detroit Tigers might look like? LAKELAND, Fla. -- It is just 10 days until opening day. Brad Ausmus is starting to use lineups that look like lineups he might use in the regular season. So why not take a stab at what the regular starting lineup for the Detroit Tigers might look like? Here is a guess about how Ausmus might line up his players to start the season: Versus left-handers1. Rajai...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 26, 2015
No competition: Detroit Tigers sticking with oft-criticized reliever Joe Nathan as their closer

No competition: Detroit Tigers sticking with oft-criticized reliever Joe Nathan as their closer

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus shook his head no when asked Wednesday evening if there was a competition brewing for the teams closer role this spring. LAKELAND, Fla. -- There's no competition. It's still Joe Nathan. And only Joe Nathan. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus shook his head no when asked Wednesday evening if there was a competition brewing for the team's closer role this spring. The question was posed to the second-year manager after Nathan and Tigers eighth-inning setup man Joakim Soria both made appearances, both with drastically different...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 26, 2015
3 scenarios in which rookie Angel Nesbitt could make Detroit Tigers opening day roster

3 scenarios in which rookie Angel Nesbitt could make Detroit Tigers opening day roster

Nesbitt is a talented young pitcher who throws hard. Despite the fact that he has never pitched above the Double-A level, Nesbitt has made a very good impression in camp. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Some might think that the Detroit Tigers have five right-handers locked into bullpen spots and that there is no chance rookie Angel Nesbitt can make the opening day roster. Others might believe that closer Joe Nathan is hanging by a thread and that the Tigers could release him prior to opening day, despite the fact that Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday there is no...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 26, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez running with 'hitch' in step; Alex Avila will get shot at first base

Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez running with 'hitch' in step; Alex Avila will get shot at first base

When asked early Thursday if Brad Ausmus has noticed Victor Martinez running gingerly this spring, Ausmus said he first spotted a hitch on Wednesday and has inquired about it. LAKELAND, Fla. -- If it looks like Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is running with a bit of a hitch in his step, you're not alone. Brad Ausmus sees it, too. When asked early Thursday if Ausmus has noticed Martinez running gingerly this spring, Ausmus said he first spotted it Wednesday and has inquired about it. "(Martinez) says he feels good. I talked to him (Wednesday),"...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 25, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus dismisses Jose Iglesias' slow start: 'I'm not concerned at all'

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus dismisses Jose Iglesias' slow start: 'I'm not concerned at all'

While his .091 batting average might look bad on paper, Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that Jose Iglesias has looked much better than what his numbers may otherwise suggest. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he won't be fooled by Jose Iglesias' poor offensive numbers this spring. While his .091 batting average might look bad on paper, Ausmus stressed Wednesday that Iglesias has looked much better than what his stats at the plate may otherwise suggest. "He hasn't swung the bat like his numbers. He's swung the bat much better," Ausmus said. "I'm...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 25, 2015
Tigers 8, Marlins 4: Miguel Cabrera sharp in debut at first base; Bryan Holaday caps rally with grand slam

Tigers 8, Marlins 4: Miguel Cabrera sharp in debut at first base; Bryan Holaday caps rally with grand slam

Playing in his first game in the field since the ALDS last year, Cabrera played four innings at first base and showed no signs of discomfort or limitations in Detroits 8-4 win over Miami. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera needed to convince manager Brad Ausmus that he was healthy enough to play first base Wednesday. It didn't take long for the nine-time All-Star to prove he wasn't lying. Playing in his first game in the field since the American League Division Series last year, Cabrera played four innings at first base and showed no...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 25, 2015
Detroit Tigers notebook: Miguel Cabrera gets wish, will make spring debut as first baseman

Detroit Tigers notebook: Miguel Cabrera gets wish, will make spring debut as first baseman

When Brad Ausmus inserted Cabrera into the lineup Wednesday, it allowed him to use Victor Martinez as the designated hitter. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera wanted to play first base as soon as possible. On Wednesday, he got his wish. Cabrera was originally scheduled to be the designated hitter today in his team's game against the Miami Marlins. But after Tuesday night's game he told head athletic trainer Kevin Rand that he was feeling good and hoped he could play first. Rand and Ausmus discussed the issue and Ausmus gave Cabrera the green light. "We told him...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 25, 2015
Victor Martinez likely no longer an option at first base for Detroit Tigers, probably relegated to DH role

Victor Martinez likely no longer an option at first base for Detroit Tigers, probably relegated to DH role

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that, right now, he doesnt envision giving designated hitter Victor Martinez any starts at first base this season. TAMPA, Fla. -- Victor Martinez probably won't make any appearances at catcher for the Detroit Tigers this year. He'll likely no longer be asked to play first base, either. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that, right now, he doesn't envision giving Martinez any starts at first base this season. The announcement comes nearly a week after Ausmus said he didn't expect Martinez to play any games at catcher...

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