By Jeff Riger

COMERICA PARK (97.1 THE TICKET) — What a let down.

Compared to all the drama on Thursday where David Price was traded to the Tigers from the Rays, Friday was pretty boring.

Price had not reported to the Tigers yet so all there was to do was try to get some clarification about Brad Ausmus’ lineup and get reaction from some players about the latest superstar added to the team.

Lets get the nuts and bolts out of the way:

When Rajai Davis plays, expect him to lead off. When Ezequiel Carrera plays expect Ian Kinsler to lead off. Ausmus also acknowledged that his team is indeed a little worse in the offensive and defensive departments after Austin Jackson was dealt to Seattle.

“Yeah, we lost a little bit defensively probably overall and a little bit offensively, especially the way Jackson was swinging the bat” Ausmus said. “You don’t get something for nothing and you certainly don’t get a David Price for nothing. Yeah, we gave a little something up there but we think we got more in return.”

Ausmus also believes the bullpen will be fine. What else would you expect him to say?

Okay, now to the fun stuff.

In case you didn’t know, Price has a French Bulldog named Astro, and they seem inseparable! So, do any of Price’s new teammates know about Astro? Joba Chamberlain does.

“I would be willing to bet my salary on the fact that Astro will be in here at some point,” Chamberlain said. “He’s not going to run amuck — Astro is a good dog — so he’ll definitely be around, that’s for sure.”

Just because Chamberlain believes Astro will make an appearance in the clubhouse doesn’t mean that Ausmus will allow it.

“I don’t know Astro,” Ausmas said.

When asked whether or not Price’s beloved canine will be allowed in the clubhouse, Ausmus answered bluntly.

“I don’t think so, but I haven’t really thought about it,” Ausmus laughed. “I don’t know if there’s a ‘no dog’ policy or not. It’s not actually one of the rules, but the MLB might not allow it.

“Is Astro a service dog?” Ausmus joked. “If he’s a service dog he can come in, right? I don’t know. I don’t think we have a rule on dogs — we might have to make one.”

We’ll have to wait and see if we see Astro in the clubhouse, if we don’t, looks like Joba will owe his salary to somebody, I guess.

Chamberlain also talked about “text-gate!” In case you don’t know, Dave Dombrowski allegedly texted A’s GM Billy Beane after he traded for Price that Beane had one minute to trade for Chicago’s Chris Sale.

Since the initial report came from an A’s beat writer, the Tigers are now saying that it was actually Beane that texted Dombrowski. Whatever way it went down, Joba gave his thoughts.

“What is this? Chess?” Chamberlain said. “You gotta hit the clicker, next move — I’m gonna take my rook over here. Seriously, just as much as players play the game I think that’s the GM and the front office side of things. That’s their game — okay, our move now, your move here.

“Obviously, I’ve never been in the front office, I don’t know what that entails — I have no idea what that is,” Chamberlain said. “But, it makes sense to me, as competitors, because you’re running a ball club and it’s a competitive atmosphere. If Dave really did that, then hats off to him because that’s a sweet move.”

Joba is right, that was a sweet move, kind of like the deal to get Price.


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