Quick hits

• Ausmus said he read about the replay issue in Saturday's Rays-Blue Jays game, in which a call was challenged after a pitcher had stepped on the rubber to begin the next play. It was the same issue he argued in a game against the Angels last month, though he was told he couldn't protest the game. "I wasn't given anything official in terms of whether I was right or wrong," he said. "I know there was a lot of discussion in New York about it, though."

Joakim Soria threw for a second consecutive day Sunday as he continues his way back from a left oblique strain that landed him on the DL two weeks ago. "The last three days, he has trended upward quite a bit," Ausmus said.

Justin Verlander will get an extra day of rest before he makes his next start. After some discussion about moving him up to face the Yankees on Thursday at Comerica Park, he'll instead face the White Sox on Friday night in Chicago.

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