Quick hits

Austin Jackson's second-inning home run Tuesday extended the Tigers' home run streak to six straight games, their third such streak to open a season since 1914. They had similar streaks in 1958 and 2004.

• Manager Brad Ausmus will use Thursday's off-day to give Justin Verlander an extra day of rest before his weekend start against the Padres. Rick Porcello will start Friday's series opener in San Diego, followed by Verlander and Max Scherzer.

• Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who was the hitting coach when Ausmus played in Los Angeles at the end of his career, is one of a few skippers Ausmus has talked with since getting his first managerial job.

"We've stayed in touch since I played here," Ausmus said. "We'd often have dinner together or exchange barbs in texts. He's one of the best people I've met in the game, and I consider him a good friend."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.