• The Tigers turned three double plays Friday night behind shortstop Danny Worth and second baseman Ian Kinsler, and manager Brad Ausmus noted the preparation work infield coach Omar Vizquel and defensive coordinator Matt Martin put into the series. "Matt and Omar are preparing our guys pregame, and then in-game, Omar is constantly moving around people," said Ausmus, who retains final decisions on whether or not to shift guys.
• Joe Nathan said he got creative to retire David Ortiz to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night with a 1-0 lead. "I think a couple pitches kind of helped me throughout that at-bat," Nathan said. "I think it's the first time ever I threw a changeup in a one-run game. I think that definitely helped with the pitches later in the at-bat. Eventually, I got him on a backdoor curveball."
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.