5:08 AM EDT, Sat July 26, 2014
Detroit News 7 hours ago

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus goes by the book, but not during the season

The Tigers manager said reading is, for him, like it is for so many people. It happens in spurts. And those spurts tended to occur more before he began work last November as the team's skipper. Ausmus said most of his time on team charter flights is spent researching statistics and data about other teams: their tendencies, their performance histories, their records against his players and pitchers, etc.
Grand Rapids Press 13 hours ago
Joakim Soria's arrival changes how Detroit Tigers will use relievers Phil Coke, Al Alburquerque

Joakim Soria's arrival changes how Detroit Tigers will use relievers Phil Coke, Al Alburquerque

The arrival of Joakim Soria wont change how Brad Ausmus will use Joba Chamberlain or Joe Nathan. But it will have an immediate impact on how hell use a few other relievers. ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The arrival of Joakim Soria won't change how Tigers manager Brad Ausmus will use Joba Chamberlain or Joe Nathan. At least for now. But it will have an immediate impact on how Ausmus will use a few other relievers. Ausmus confirmed Thursday that Soria will mostly be used as the Tigers' primary setup man in the seventh inning -- a spot that was previously filled by a trio of...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 24, 2014
Detroit Tigers' Joakim Soria could be used as closer on occassion, but will mostly be used in 7th inning

Detroit Tigers' Joakim Soria could be used as closer on occassion, but will mostly be used in 7th inning

A day after the Tigers pulled off a blockbuster trade by acquiring Soria, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus revealed how he planned to manage the bullpen in the late innings. ANAHEIM, California -- Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan isn't moving anywhere. Neither is setup man Joba Chamberlain, manager Brad Ausmus revealed Thursday. So where exactly does newly acquired reliever Joakim Soria fit in the back end of the Tigers' bullpen? "I talked to Joakim about pitching in the seventh (inning)," Ausmus told a group of reporters at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. "He could pitch...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 24, 2014
Analysis: Desperate to avoid meldown, Detroit Tigers turn to Mr. Consistency Joba Chamberlain once again

Analysis: Desperate to avoid meldown, Detroit Tigers turn to Mr. Consistency Joba Chamberlain once again

On the heels of a tough-to-swallow loss that saw Detroits relievers implode, Brad Ausmus wasnt about to watch his teams late-inning lead slip away for a second straight game. Detroit Tigers' Joba Chamberlain throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning on Wednesday in Phoenix.AP Photo  PHOENIX -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus took a lot of heat from fans on Tuesday for the way he managed the team's bullpen late in the game. Now it's time to pat him on the back for what he did Wednesday. On the heels of a tough-to-swallow loss that saw...
Detroit Free Press Jul 23, 2014

Tigers manager Ausmus gives Hunter the day off today

Hunter, 39, has been on a tear this month, batting .364 with five home runs, 21 RBIs and a 1.068 OPS.
Grand Rapids Press Jul 23, 2014
Brad Ausmus considered pinch-hitting for Alex Avila late in game, turns page after tough loss in Arizona

Brad Ausmus considered pinch-hitting for Alex Avila late in game, turns page after tough loss in Arizona

Brad Ausmus said Wednesday afternoon that Torii Hunters go-ahead, two-run single in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday made him think twice about pinch-hitting for Alex Avila. PHOENIX -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus thought about pinch-hitting for Alex Avila late in the game Tuesday night. Torii Hunter made him change his mind. Ausmus said Wednesday afternoon that Hunter's go-ahead, two-run single in the top of the eighth inning made him think twice about pinch-hitting for Avila. Instead, Ausmus stuck with Avila, who took a called third strike against a tough...
Detroit News Jul 23, 2014

Brad Ausmus mixes up Tigers' lineup after meltdown against Diamondbacks

Rather than resign himself to a lineup that in recent days hasn't been much better than his bullpen, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus changed his batting order ahead of Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Grand Rapids Press Jul 23, 2014
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus explains decision to move Miguel Cabrera to cleanup spot in series finale

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus explains decision to move Miguel Cabrera to cleanup spot in series finale

For just the third time this season, Miguel Cabrera has been penciled as the No. 4 hitter in the starting lineup, a spot he regularly filled for the Tigers between 2008-2011. PHOENIX -- Miguel Cabrera is back at the cleanup spot for the Tigers. But don't get used to it. It's just a one-day thing, manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Wednesday. For just the third time this season, Cabrera has been penciled as the No. 4 hitter in the starting lineup, a spot he regularly filled for the Tigers between 2008-2011. Victor Martinez, who generally bats cleanup, will bat fifth...
Detroit Free Press Jul 23, 2014

Kevin Rand does 'great job' keeping Tigers players healthy

Rand's career began as a minor league trainer for the New York Yankees in 1982. Detroit manager Brad Ausmus, who has known Rand since the Yankees drafted him in 1987, said a lot has changed about how ailing players are handled in the major leagues.
Detroit News Jul 22, 2014

Lack of DH in NL park prompts Tigers to put Nick Castellanos on shelf

The reality for Ausmus — and Castellanos — is that Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez are so strong and so accomplished at the corner infield positions that a rookie, even one with a bat as potentially helpful as Castellanos', can find himself shelved.
Detroit News Jul 20, 2014

Tigers' Victor Martinez returns to first in prelude to Arizona trip

Saying he wanted to get Miguel Cabrera 'off his feet whenever possible,' Ausmus started Cabrera at designated hitter for the 11th time this season.
Grand Rapids Press Jul 20, 2014
Brad Ausmus on possibility of replacing struggling Joe Nathan as closer: 'I'm not near that point'

Brad Ausmus on possibility of replacing struggling Joe Nathan as closer: 'I'm not near that point'

DETROIT -- He couldn't say he was even if he were. But Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday night that he's nowhere near the point where he would consider replacing Joe Nathan as the closer. Nathan surrendered a bases-loaded double in the ninth inning Saturday night to carry the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 win over the Tigers. Nathan struggled with... DETROIT -- He couldn't say he was even if he were. But Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday night that he's nowhere near the point where he would consider replacing Joe Nathan as the closer. Nathan...
Detroit News Jul 19, 2014

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus' lineup-juggling skills being tested

Doubleheaders can be fun for fans, with two games in the same day. But for managers, they can be twice as stressful, trying to maintain a bullpen and ensure there are enough pitchers to finish the series.
Grand Rapids Press Jul 18, 2014
Detroit Tigers will be careful with Victor Martinez even though he feels great, is back in lineup

Detroit Tigers will be careful with Victor Martinez even though he feels great, is back in lineup

Brad Ausmus said Martinez has been asked to reduce the number of swings he takes and might not play in both games of the doubleheader Saturday. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers were cautious when it came to allowing Victor Martinez to take batting practice or to return to the lineup. Even though Martinez feels like his old self, they will continue to be a bit careful. "You kind of hold your breath with this type of injury," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Friday afternoon. "But he says he doesn't feel anything at all. There's some things that he'd felt earlier —...
Detroit News Jul 16, 2014

Tigers' Brad Ausmus already displays the temperament of a veteran manager

Has Brad Ausmus been a good choice to manage the Tigers? No. Storm-tested already through 91 games, he's been better than a good choice. Here's why.

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