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Grand Rapids Press 19 hours ago
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus reacts to Adam Wainwright injury, baseball's DH debate

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus reacts to Adam Wainwright injury, baseball's DH debate

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus spent a good chunk of his playing career in the National League, where pitchers are required to hit and spend more time preparing to hit. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus spent a good chunk of his playing career in the National League, where pitchers are required to hit and spend more time preparing to hit. But that distinction from the American League, where lineups include a designated hitter to replace the pitcher, could be called into question again after St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright suffered an...
Grand Rapids Press 21 hours ago
Detroit Tigers notebook: Brad Ausmus explains lineup choices; Steven Moya makes Triple-A debut

Detroit Tigers notebook: Brad Ausmus explains lineup choices; Steven Moya makes Triple-A debut

It appears that the main reason that Ausmus chose James McCann to catch was to get him some playing time. And the main reason he chose Rajai Davis to play center was to give Anthony Gose a three-day break. DETROIT -- Brad Ausmus generally starts Alex Avila at catcher and Anthony Gose in center when the opposing team starts a right-hander. Neither of those two are in the lineup today against Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco. It appears that the main reason that Ausmus chose James McCann to catch was to get him some playing time. And the main reason...
Grand Rapids Press 23 hours ago
Detroit Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis, James McCann in starting lineup vs. right-hander

Detroit Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis, James McCann in starting lineup vs. right-hander

Avila his hitting just .189 with a .645 OPS this season, but McCann is hitting just .174 with a .469 OPS. DETROIT -- The Cleveland Indians have right-hander Carlos Carrasco on the mound. But Brad Ausmus is going with Rajai Davis and James McCann in the starting lineup. Ausmus starts Anthony Gose and Alex Avila, both left-handed hitters, against most right-handed starters. Gose has six hits and 14 strikeouts in his past 27 at-bats but is still hitting .333 for the season thanks to an extremely hot start. Gose batted .500 through his first 18 at-bats this...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 23, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus defends umpire's balk call following his ejection: 'He got the call right'

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus defends umpire's balk call following his ejection: 'He got the call right'

In the end, third-base umpire Gerry Davis got the call right -- and thats all that really mattered to Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. Even if the call went against his team. DETROIT -- In the end, third-base umpire Gerry Davis got the call right -- and that's all that really mattered to Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. Even if the call went against his team. Ausmus confirmed during his postgame media session Thursday that Davis was correct in calling a controversial balk on Anibal Sanchez, which scored the game-tying run in Detroit's 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees. The...
Newark Star-Ledger Apr 23, 2015

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus ejected against Yankees

Tossed after arguing sixth-inning balk
Brad Ausmus ejected arguing balk call in matinee vs. Yankees

Brad Ausmus ejected arguing balk call in matinee vs. Yankees

DETROIT >> Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was ejected in the sixth inning of Thursday’s afternoon game against the Yankees, for arguing a balk call with third-base umpire Gerry Davis. With Jacoby Ellsbury on third, Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez appeared to step off the rubber during his delivery. The balk was not initially called until the Yankees dugout started yelling at home plate ump Phil Cuzzi. After Davis called the balk, manager Brad Ausmus — along with Sanchez and catcher Alex Avila — went to argue the call with Davis. Ausmus was ejected on his way back to the dugout after the...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 23, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus ejected for arguing balk call against New York Yankees

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus ejected for arguing balk call against New York Yankees

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was ejected by third-base umpire Gerry Davis in the sixth inning Thursday for arguing a controversial balk call against the New York Yankees. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez balked. And Tigers manager Brad Ausmus got tossed. Ausmus was ejected by third-base umpire Gerry Davis in the sixth inning Thursday afternoon for arguing a controversial balk call against the New York Yankees. The balk in question occurred with two outs when Sanchez appeared to step off the rubber during his delivery, thereby balking in a run to tie...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 23, 2015
Seventh-inning update: Tigers 1, Yankees 1

Seventh-inning update: Tigers 1, Yankees 1

DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is going to have to settle for watching the rest of the game from the clubhouse. He was tossed in the top of the sixth arguing a game-tying balk call with third base umpire Gerry Davis. Anibal Sanchez was tagged for the run with Brian McCann up to bat. He seemed to... DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is going to have to settle for watching the rest of the game from the clubhouse. He was tossed in the top of the sixth arguing a game-tying balk call with third base umpire Gerry Davis. Anibal Sanchez was tagged for the run...
Bless You Boys Apr 23, 2015

Detroit Tigers reliever Joe Nathan will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery

After a tumultuous first season in Detroit, Joe Nathan's second one comes to a close before it could even begin. DETROIT -- Joe Nathan's season is done. The right-handed reliever will undergo Tommy John surgery at a date to be determined, ending not just his year, but possibly his career. Additionally, the Detroit Tigers announced that Ian Krol had been optioned to Triple-A Toledo following Wednesday night's game. "There's no good time to have an injury like that," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "I don't know that I would say Joe's done pitching, maybe after the surgery he may want to...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 21, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Joe Nathan to make rehab appearance at Triple-A Toledo, eying return from DL on Friday

Detroit Tigers' Joe Nathan to make rehab appearance at Triple-A Toledo, eying return from DL on Friday

Sidelined with a right elbow flexor strain, Tigers closer Joe Nathan said Tuesday that he will make a minor league rehabilitation appearance on Wednesday at Triple-A Toledo. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers reliever Joe Nathan is heading back to Triple-A for the first time in nearly four years. Sidelined with a right elbow flexor strain, Nathan said Tuesday that he will make a minor league rehabilitation appearance on Wednesday at Triple-A Toledo. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed the assignment Tuesday evening. Nathan is expected to travel to Toledo late Tuesday and...
Bless You Boys Apr 21, 2015

Joakim Soria should remain Tigers' closer when Joe Nathan returns

With five smooth saves and one win since Joe Nathan's injury, Joakim Soria is in the driver's seat to determine who will close games for the Tigers in 2015. Joakim Soria recorded his fifth save as the Detroit Tigers' closer on Monday night, easily maintaining his perfect record thus far in the season. In very efficient style, Soria continues to do everything he can to make Brad Ausmus' decision for him in regard to the Tigers' closer situation. While Joe Nathan has been sidelined by injury, Soria has seized the ninth inning and made it his own. At this point, very early in the season, Soria...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 21, 2015
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus' decision to go with Joba Chamberlain in key spot pays off

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus' decision to go with Joba Chamberlain in key spot pays off

Brad Ausmus couldve brought in left-handed specialist Ian Krol, who was warming up at the start of the inning. Or Tigers closer Joakim Soria, for a potential five-out save. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was never overly concerned with Joba Chamberlain's unimpressive numbers in spring training. There's no need to be worried, Ausmus repeated time and time again last month. Chamberlain thrives in pressure-packed situations, not spring games, he said. That proved true Monday night when Chamberlain was called upon in the eighth inning against the New...

VIDEO: Iglesias makes a dazzling play to rob Gardner of an infield hit

Jose Iglesias is a highlight reel unto himself. Seems like every night he turns in one play that makes you go "Oh, did he just do that?"Monday night, against the Yankees, the Detroit Tigers' brilliant shortstop robbed New York's speedy Brett Gardner of an infield hit, ranging deep in the hole, then throwing across his body for the out."That’s a tough play, especially with Gardner running, because Garnder’s a legitimate speed guy, a Major League steal-type guy," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said."I know Iglesias was playing him in a little bit because of the speed, but to make that play, and...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 18, 2015
Detroit Tigers will need to 'be careful' with Victor Martinez; Joe Nathan continues to show progress

Detroit Tigers will need to 'be careful' with Victor Martinez; Joe Nathan continues to show progress

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged Saturday that hell need to be careful with Victor Martinez, who is only two months removed from undergoing surgery on his left knee. DETROIT -- Victor Martinez has no problem hitting from the right side of the plate. The 36-year-old made that absolutely clear the last two days when he launched ball after ball over the left-field wall during batting practice at Comerica Park. But can he do it from the left side, too? That remains to be seen. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged Saturday that he'll need to "be careful"...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 18, 2015
As Anibal Sanchez stumbles, rested Detroit Tigers bullpen finally gets some work

As Anibal Sanchez stumbles, rested Detroit Tigers bullpen finally gets some work

But another short outing for Anibal Sanchez and a 12-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park paved the way for Ausmus to get his bullpen work, some for the first time in a week. DETROIT -- Brad Ausmus spent a part of his morning Saturday fielding questions about the Detroit Tigers bullpen. The starting pitching had been so good recently that a relieving corp minus Joe Nathan and Bruce Rondon had become an afterthought. But another short outing for Anibal Sanchez and a 12-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park paved the way for Ausmus to get...

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