• Though the Tigers made three outs on the basepaths early in Tuesday's 18-4 win over the Blue Jays, Ausmus said he was impressed with two reads that his baserunners made on pitches in the dirt. In particular, Hernan Perez scored from third on a third-inning wild pitch by Ricky Romero that didn't skip far past catcher Dioner Navarro, allowing Perez to dash home as Navarro tried a no-look toss behind his back. Torii Hunter took second base on the same pitch.
• Ausmus, who has talked about trying out some ideas on shifts this spring, experimented with a two-strike shift for the first time, moving Danny Worth from third base to short right field on Blue Jays left-handed hitter Colby Rasmus in the fifth inning. Ausmus waited until two strikes to shift Worth because he didn't want to leave the left side of the infield open for a bunt. "That's the first time we've done that this spring with a guy who can bunt a little bit," Ausmus said. "I don't think he really falls into the category of a hitter that tries to direct the ball the other way with two strikes. There won't be many of those."
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