• Avila was a full participant in workouts Tuesday morning, but he will not make the trip for Wednesday's Grapefruit League opener against the Braves, airing at 1:05 p.m. ET on Gameday Audio. The Tigers will give the catcher one more day to rest his back before putting him in the lineup for Thursday's home opener, also against the Braves. Bryan Holaday will make Wednesday's start.
• While most Tigers regulars had only one at-bat Tuesday, Nick Castellanos played several innings beyond that, as Ausmus looked to get his rookie third baseman some repetitions on defense. He made three plays in the first four batters, each of them different -- a ground ball fielded to his left, a popout in the sun behind third base and a strong throw on a ground ball down the line.
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