• Ausmus said assistant hitting coach Darnell Coles has been working with a group of Tigers hitters on bunting in recent days. The list includes Andrew Romine, who struggled to put down sacrifice bunts when he was the regular shortstop but put down a well-placed drag bunt for a single on Friday night.
• One American League talent evaluator who has watched Nathan since the last homestand indicated he has lost all semblance of his fastball command, and it's affecting his other pitches. He believes Nathan can get his command back, though he might need to improvise with other pitches to give himself a better chance.
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