• Ausmus will tweak the Tigers' Spring Training pregame routine this year, traveling later on short trips to face the Braves at Disney World and the Yankees in Tampa, so that the Tigers can take batting practice at home. The move, which affects five games on the spring schedule, allows Ausmus to sneak in fundamentals drills on those days.
• Robbie Ray won't have to wait long for game action in a Tigers uniform. He's scheduled to follow starter Drew VerHagen in Tuesday's exhibition against Florida Southern. The rest of Tuesday's pitching slate has not been announced.
• The Tigers shortened their workout Monday to make room for their annual charity golf outing in the afternoon. Ausmus gave up golf because the sport frustrated him too much.
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