• Ausmus played alongside likely future Hall of Famer Craig Biggio and former National League MVP Jeff Bagwell, but he said Tuesday he has never seen a hitter like Victor Martinez, who entered Tuesday with the lowest strikeout ratio of any American League regular.
"His focus is on every single pitch," Ausmus said. "He does not give a pitch away. His focus is there every single pitch, and he's trying to get the barrel to the ball. It's amazing. He'll spoil a pitcher's pitch with the best of them."
• Tigers pitchers entered Tuesday having produced the fewest full counts of any American League team, according to Bill Chuck of gammonsdaily.com. They had just 102 full counts through their first 21 games, and allowed a mere .183 batting average in those situations.
• Tuesday was expected to be the last day of bullpen availability for left-hander Drew Smyly before he prepares for his return to the rotation. He's slated to start Saturday night at Kansas City.
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