"I don't know that he needed a rest," Ausmus said. "He wasn't overworked by any stretch. Sometimes it's more beneficial for a young player to watch a few games in September and get the pangs to be on the field."
Suarez had a pair of RBI singles in Friday night's 10-1 win at Kauffman Stadium. He went 6-for-38 with 10 strikeouts in between, seemingly caught in between plate discipline and aggressiveness.
The first of Friday's RBI singles came after taking a fastball for a called second strike with two outs. Royals lefty Jason Vargas tried to change speeds on him, but Suarez pulled a line drive into left field for the third of Detroit's first-inning runs.
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