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Grand Rapids Press Jul 5, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila back at first base for second straight game

Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila back at first base for second straight game

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus mustve liked what he saw from Alex Avila at first base Saturday. Because hes putting him back out there today. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus must've liked what he saw from Alex Avila at first base Saturday. Because he's putting him back out there today. A day after making his first career start at first base, Avila is back at first as the Detroit Tigers seek a three-game series sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays. Ian Kinsler will remain atop the leadoff spot for a third consecutive day, and Yoenis Cespedes will...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 4, 2015
Detroit Tigers awaiting second opinion on Miguel Cabrera, won't rule out stint on disabled list

Detroit Tigers awaiting second opinion on Miguel Cabrera, won't rule out stint on disabled list

The Tigers were awaiting a second opinion on the results of an MRI, but based on Brad Ausmus postgame comments, theres reason to be concerned about Miguel Cabrera. DETROIT -- Make no mistake about it, Miguel Cabrera has an abnormally high pain tolerance. He's played through a sports hernia, and he's played on a cracked foot. A 13-year veteran, Cabrera hasn't missed more than 14 games in a single season, and is widely viewed as one of the toughest players in Major League Baseball. So imagine Tigers manager Brad Ausmus' surprise when Cabrera signaled to Detroit's...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 2, 2015
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus ejected for arguing balls and strikes

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus ejected for arguing balls and strikes

Brad Ausmus was ejected in the fifth inning by Gibson for arguing balls and strikes shortly after J.D. Martinez took a called third strike from Pirates starter Francisco Liriano. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus clearly didn't like plate umpire Sam Holbrook's strike zone Thursday afternoon. And he let Holbrook know it. Ausmus was ejected in the fifth inning by Gibson for arguing balls and strikes shortly after J.D. Martinez took a called third strike from Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano. With the Tigers trailing 2-0, Martinez took...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 2, 2015
Brad Ausmus, Kirk Gibson on the growth of J.D. Martinez at the plate

Brad Ausmus, Kirk Gibson on the growth of J.D. Martinez at the plate

J.D. Martinezs numbers have been impressive of late, and former Detroit Tigers great Kirk Gibson made it a point to ask about it Thursday. DETROIT -- J.D. Martinez's numbers have been impressive of late, and former Detroit Tigers great Kirk Gibson made it a point to ask about it Thursday. Gibson, who returned to the Fox Sports Detroit booth for the first time since being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, slid into the office of Tigers manager Brad Ausmus during Ausmus' meeting with the media ahead of the series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates (1:08 p.m.,...

Game 2015.77: Pirates at Tigers

Last night’s loss is on the O, not the pen, or even Gorzelanny. Alex Wilson was at 50+ pitches and Gorzelanny was the last guy in the pen. Ausmus didn’t have any other options. A hit with a RISP would have been nice. 3-15 usually isn’t going to get the job done; unless of course […]
Grand Rapids Press Jul 1, 2015
Pittsburgh Pirates respond to Victor Martinez: 'I wasn't aware he was the voice of reason'

Pittsburgh Pirates respond to Victor Martinez: 'I wasn't aware he was the voice of reason'

After Martinez spoke his piece Tuesday night, others involved -- including Brad Ausmus and Clint Hurdle -- spoke about the incident Wednesday afternoon. DETROIT -- In the mind of Brad Ausmus -- or at least in his words -- it's over. But after Victor Martinez spoke his piece Tuesday night, others involved -- including Ausmus and Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle -- spoke about the incident Wednesday afternoon. Ausmus said he doesn't expect any carryover from the exchange of hit batsmen that took place Tuesday night in the Detroit Tigers' 5-4 loss to the...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 30, 2015
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus explains his reasoning behind latest pinch-running decisions

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus explains his reasoning behind latest pinch-running decisions

Why did Tigers manager Brad Ausmus take Victor Martinez out of the game Thursday, but decide to keep him in the game on Sunday? Did he change his tune? Not quite. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was heavily criticized when he elected to lift Victor Martinez for a pinch-runner in the ninth inning last Thursday. The decision seemingly backfired when Martinez was no longer available to bat when his spot in the lineup came back up the 10th inning with the bases loaded. A similar situation played out Sunday when Martinez hit a game-tying double in the...
Bless You Boys Jun 30, 2015

Brad Ausmus' inattention to detail should be a concern for the Tigers

Ausmus' lack of awareness over the location of his players as well as eliminating potent bats for extra inning scenarios are a troubling trend. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are nearly halfway into their second season with Brad Ausmus at the helm. Managers generally settle in and have adjusted to their new team by now. They know what works best for the team, what to avoid, and they're in tune with events in a game. That hasn't been the case with Ausmus, especially of late: whether it's a fielder not at his position, a pitcher not on the mound, or the value of a power bat in extra...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 30, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus on miscommunication with David Price: 'It really wasn't anything'

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus on miscommunication with David Price: 'It really wasn't anything'

Asked Tuesday afternoon whether the second-year manager has paid any attention to public opinion following the incident, Brad Ausmus said it hasnt crossed his mind. DETROIT -- There's been a lot of talk the past couple days on local airwaves about the miscommunication that led to David Price's early exit Sunday. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus hasn't paid any attention to it. Asked Tuesday whether the second-year manager has monitored media rumblings or paid attention to public opinion following the incident, Ausmus said hasn't. "When (Price) came out of the game?"...
Bless You Boys Jun 30, 2015

Why is Joba Chamberlain struggling this season?

After a mostly successful 2014 season, Joba Chamberlain has struggled more this season than his 3.15 ERA suggests. Recently, Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus stated that, except for Joakim Soria as the closer, he will not designate bullpen roles. Ausmus specifically mentioning the eighth inning, a point of contention for the past couple years. This is good for several reasons, one being that Ausmus has been heavily criticized in his bullpen usage this year. The general census among the saber community is that a relief pitcher should continue to pitch until he is tired or no longer...
Bless You Boys Jun 29, 2015

Detroit Tigers links: Brad Ausmus is an enigma

One day, Brad Ausmus doesn't believe in bullpen roles. The next, he can't find his starting pitcher. What do we make of the Tigers' manager? Brad Ausmus has received more than his fair share of criticism since becoming the Detroit Tigers' manager in 2014. He failed to turn a subpar bullpen into anything better last season, and he has been hesitant to shuffle his lineup at times this season. Many of the things he is being blamed for are based on preconceived expectations that he was going to be a sabermetric savant, when 99 percent of managers are making the same decisions elsewhere in...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 28, 2015
Detroit Tigers will start Justin Verlander on Tuesday; Kyle Ryan's next start pushed back to Thursday

Detroit Tigers will start Justin Verlander on Tuesday; Kyle Ryan's next start pushed back to Thursday

Brad Ausmus officially listed Justin Verlander as the starting pitcher for Tuesdays series opener against Pittsburgh after Verlander reported no discomfort following his bullpen session. DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus spoke with Justin Verlander on Sunday.  Apparently, he liked what the six-time All-Star had to say. Ausmus officially listed Verlander as the starting pitcher for Tuesday's series opener against Pittsburgh after Verlander reported no discomfort following his bullpen session Saturday.  Ausmus made the announcement after Detroit's 5-4...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 28, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila, James McCann will likely reassume previous roles when Avila returns

Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila, James McCann will likely reassume previous roles when Avila returns

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed that Alex Avila will re-assume his role as the teams regular catcher when he is activated from the disabled list. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers rookie James McCann has exceeded expectations since taking over primary catching duties after Alex Avila hit the disabled list last month. But don't expect McCann to remain the everyday catcher when Avila rejoins the team, which could happen by the end of this week. Things are going to change. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed that Avila will likely reassume his role as the team's...
Bless You Boys Jun 26, 2015

Missed challenge in 2nd by the Tigers shouldn't have happened

A missed tag on a stolen base could have had larger implications in another situation. DETROIT -- White Sox batter Avisail Garcia singled to start the second inning and stole second base. Called safe by the second base umpire, the game continued as if nothing unusual had happened. Only one player noticed something was wrong. Ian Kinsler saw Garcia come off the bag when he stood up. While the missed opportunity to challenge the call didn't change the outcome of the game, it was an avoidable situation, one that Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said shouldn't have happened. "We found out...
Bless You Boys Jun 26, 2015

Detroit Tigers links: The Tigers are inconsistent, and it is frustrating

The Tigers have not been able to reel off wins on a consistent basis since the start of the season, leaving them mired in third place in the AL Central. It's not Ausmus, it's lack of execution - The Detroit News, Lynn Henning"Thursday's game was something of a waste. Not that the White Sox are riffraff. They are big-leaguers and deserved victory. But there were far too many reasons for a local team, on a day when invitations and opportunities were prevalent, to have grabbed a baseball game by the throat." Detroit Tigers are frustrating to watch, but we can't look away - Detroit Free Press,...

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