Quick hits

Ian Kinsler gave the Tigers yet another injury scare when he took a Jordan Zimmermann pitch off his left elbow in the first inning on Sunday. Kinsler was knocked down, but got up, walked to first base and stayed in the game.

• Sweet-swinging rookie third baseman Nick Castellanos saw his streak of four consecutive multi-hit games come to an end Sunday. He went 0-for-3 against the Nationals, though he had one well-struck drive to left-center that seemingly was slowed by a stiff wind blowing in from left.

• In what might be another sign of the new-school influence on the Tigers these days, Ausmus was asked whether he has received much fan mail since becoming manager. His answer: "Who uses mail?!?"

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