Game 2015.141: Tigers at Indians

Update: We will try again tonight, same lineup. Yesterday’s game has been re-scheduled as a double-header on Sunday (an old school double-header, not the day/night variety).

Jason Beck has a bunch of quotes from Brad Ausmus about the premature reports of his demise.


It looked like it was time for this season to quietly fade away, then start something different for next season. It got a little noisier yesterday though, with multiple reports that the decision has already been made to fire Brad Ausmus. He is pre-fired, in other words. Which makes the last few weeks of the season rather awkward.

Chris McCosky (Detroit News) tweeted that the planned firing was leaked by the Illitch camp. It has also been made known in other sources that Illitch was not sold on hiring Ausmus in the first place. There are other explanations for the rumors I suppose, but it sounds like a public owner tantrum.

Poor Al Avila, left scrambling at damage control, says that no decisions have been made, and that “It’s unfortunate this happened the way it happened, Puts us all of us in a very awkward position.”

There may be a game today, a rainy one. Steven Moya gets another look in left. Why not? No word on when Iglesias can return, but nothing wrong with seeing some more Dixon Machado. The Staff Ace takes the soggy mound.

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. JD Martinez, RF
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Steven Moya, LF
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Dixon Machado, SS


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  3. Kaline fan

    September 12, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Hi all. Hope weather stays good over weekend.
    Saturday: Well let’s see = Ausmus in or out today?
    Doesn’t matter; let’s just hope JV stays on his roll of looking like staff ace of old.
    Today is unusual day for me. Due to the time zone that I’m in, the Tigers play THREE times today! Game 1 (this one) starts in a couple hrs, and the time for me will be 10 past midnight; Game 2 starts at 6 pm; Game 3 (2nd part of DH) will start around 9:30.
    So I get “treated” to a baseball triple-header, if I want it. Games are still interesting to me. I want to see JV do well; want to see JD get over 40 dingers; see how high Cabrera can pull his batting-title average to; try to evaluate the newbies like Machado and Moya, etc.
    But admittedly, I will sacrifice Game 3 of this TH for Lions opener. I’m much more excited about that than any of these baseballs. Also watched a good Wolverines game earlier.
    Plenty of sports ——Redwings 1st exhibition right around the corner ——whew!
    Good luck, Tigers —–three W’s today? (Can’t remember that ever happening before, or three L’s, for that matter!).
    And Brad —–hang in there, buddy! (But good that you’re not hanging any pictures on wall in your office…..)

  4. jud

    September 12, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    MSU…..ND….UM……Tiger rainout, no loss…..Great Day!

  5. Kaline fan

    September 13, 2015 at 1:30 am

    ….And so much for my baseball triple-header.

    • StorminNorman$

      September 13, 2015 at 11:41 am

      …as a consolation, you’ll get a two-fer, and maybe more importantly, a Lions game – which hopefully proves to be a great September diversion (along w/MSU & UM fball) from the ’15 Tiger march to season’s end.

      • Kaline fan

        September 13, 2015 at 3:26 pm

        Yes, Stormin, if Lions can upset Chargers on their turf, that will be a great positive on this day. And with the team they have this year, they’ll be an exciting diversion, win or lose.
        And Tigers will take both ends of their DH today?

  6. jud

    September 13, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Great Football games yesterday…MSU..ND….UM..Bowling Green. The great job by Jacksonville State..Even another Hail Mary win by BYU…..Go Lions!!!

  7. Only TigerFan in Mississippi

    September 13, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    A colleague of mine whom I swim with at the Y was recently hired by the Tigers as a scout for the Deep South. Rosevelt Brown, a former MLB player for the Cubs will be doing that job. I told him his job description was three words, pitching, pitching, pitching.

  8. jud

    September 13, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Looked in at the box score. Must be saving themselves for game #2……54th, 2 or less ( whats the record?)

  9. jud

    September 13, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Tigers put 14 runners on, but Brad could only figure out how to score 2 of them..has he been fired yet???