Ashley Dunkak

ProfilePicAshley writes feature stories and news articles about the Lions, Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons, Michigan and Michigan State.

Before moving to Detroit in May 2013, Ashley covered Kansas State football and men’s basketball for three years as a correspondent for the Associated Press. Before working for the AP, she wrote for the Kansas State Collegian, where she also spent time as a copy editor and sports editor. Overall, she compiled hundreds of sports stories on her way to graduating. She minored in Spanish and economics along with majoring in journalism, but writing has always been her passion.

At age 13, she emailed her dad a recap of a Kansas City Chiefs game, and he responded that she should think about becoming a sports writer. Almost a decade later, she is living the dream, and she could not be more thrilled to be doing so in a great sports town like Detroit.

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 13:  Ian Krol #46 of the Detroit Tigers throws in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals on July 13, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Tigers Likely To Keep Seven Relievers; Ausmus Says Six Spots Basically Locked Up Already

Last season Detroit’s bullpen had an ERA of 4.29, ranked 27th in the major leagues.

CBS Detroit–02/27/2015

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 24:  Nick Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers hits a sacrifice fly ball to drive in Victor Martinez against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning at Comerica Park on September 24, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Ausmus Says Pitch Selection Key For Castellanos

Ausmus said the power Castellanos shows in practice should eventually manifest more in games, but he needs to work on his pitch selection.

CBS Detroit–02/27/2015

Verlander throws during a spring training workout on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (Photo by Ashley Dunkak/CBS Detroit)

Tigers Pitching Coach Jeff Jones Anticipates Great Season For Verlander

“You can tell just by watching hitters’ reactions on certain pitches how nasty he’s going to be,” pitching coach Jeff Jones said.

CBS Detroit–02/26/2015

ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 24:  Chad Smith #55 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers on June 24, 2014 at Globe Life Park in Arlington in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Dombrowski On Chad Smith, Claimed By Oakland: ‘Really Wished He Would Have Made It Through’

Dombrowski told reporters about the transaction after he, Al Avila, Jeff Jones and Brad Ausmus brought Smith in to give him the news.

CBS Detroit–02/26/2015

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 03:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers feidls the ball against the Baltimore Orioles during Game Two of the American League Division Series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 3, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Cabrera Progressing, Could Be Taking Ground Balls Hit Right At Him In A Few Days

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus gave an update Thursday on first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

CBS Detroit–02/26/2015

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 2:  Catcher Bryan Holaday #50 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with closing pitcher Joe Nathan #36 after a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 2, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Extensive Goal Setting Major Tool For Catcher Bryan Holaday

“When you set goals like that and … remind yourself of them constantly, it opens your eyes to see how many goals you can actually reach.”

CBS Detroit–02/26/2015

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 06:  James McCann #34 of the Detroit Tigers catches during the seventh inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at Comerica Park on September 6, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Giants defeated the Tigers 5-4.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

McCann Soaking In Knowledge Of Veterans, Embracing Mental Side Of Game

McCann starts spring training with a new perspective. Essentially, he knows now more than ever that he belongs.

CBS Detroit–02/26/2015

Rajai Davis #20 of the Detroit Tigers slides safe into third base as Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners attempts to make the tag during the third inning of the game at Comerica Park on August 17, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

As Part Of Emphasis On Base Running, Davis Shares Secrets Of Steals With Team

In the first season with Ausmus at the helm, the Tigers ranked seventh in the majors in stolen bases, up from 30th the previous season.

CBS Detroit–02/25/2015

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 03: Manager Brad Ausmus #7 of the Detroit Tigers looks on against the Baltimore Orioles during Game Two of the American League Division Series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 3, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Tigers Discuss Pitch Framing, Considering How To Use Data On It

While the concept of pitch framing is nothing new, what is more recent is the quantification of it, and the Tigers have taken notice.

CBS Detroit–02/25/2015

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 05:  David Price #14 talks to Bryan Holaday #50 of the Detroit Tigers in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October 5, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

McCann Faces Uphill Road To Significant Playing Time In 2015

While the Tigers have high hopes for McCann, they also like what they have seen over a span of time with Avila and Holaday.

CBS Detroit–02/25/2015




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