Tigers work on cutting time on basepaths

Tigers work on cutting time on basepaths

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The weather threatened to put a damper on Spring Training workouts for the first time this season on Friday, but that didn't turn out to be the case.

"We haven't had a bad day, but today was the best day," manager Brad Ausmus said. "Everything went smoothly, clean, not a lot of hiccups. The baserunning was outstanding."

The baserunning drills focused on clean, efficient paths around the bases, improving times without necessarily having to increase speed.

"Omar [Vizquel] and I have kind of been trying to stress cutting turns down, with the obvious goal of being aggressive and taking the extra base," Ausmus said. "This wasn't game action, but our effort around the bases was really, really outstanding."

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