Brad Ausmus

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 03:  Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers walks back to the dugout after being relieved in the sixth inning 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)

Verlander Slated To Make His First Start Of Season On Saturday

“His pitch count is up and over 90, so there’s not a lot of restraints,” Ausmus said. “If he throws well, we’ll roll with him.”

CBS Detroit–06/09/2015

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 4: Tyler Collins #18 of the Detroit Tigers rounds third base after hitting a three run home run in the ninth inning scoring J.D. Martinez #28 and Ian Kinsler #3 (not in photo) during the game against the Oakland Athletics on June 4, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Mental Game Looms Large As Tigers Try To Break Free From Slump

With the team mired in a losing streak, players have struggled at times to keep a sense of urgency from overtaking them.

CBS Detroit–06/04/2015

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 2:  Center fielder Anthony Gose #12 of the Detroit Tigers makes a diving catch on a fly ball hit by Ben Zobrist of the Oakland Athletics during the ninth inning at Comerica Park on June 2, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Gose On Those Who Blame Ausmus For Struggles: ‘It’s Just An Easy Out’

“We’re the only ones on the field playing,” Gose said. “I don’t think you could ever really blame a staff or anyone who’s not on the field.”

CBS Detroit–06/03/2015

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 2:  Ben Zobrist #18 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates his grand slam against the Detroit Tigers with Eric Sogard #28 of the Oakland Athletics as catcher James McCann #34 of the Detroit Tigers looks on during the seventh inning at Comerica Park on June 2, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Kinsler Showing Leadership In Clubhouse As Tigers Try To Snap Losing Streak

McCann said Kinsler came to talk with him about McCann choosing to bunt in the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Athletics.

CBS Detroit–06/03/2015

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 28:  Bench Coach Gene Lamont (L) and manager Brad Ausmus of the Detroit Tigers look on as their team warms up prior to the MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 28, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

As Losses Mount, Tigers Still Expressing Confidence Team Will Be Fine

“This is the same team that everybody was praising big-time when we were 11-2 or something,” Castellanos said. “Nothing’s changed.”

CBS Detroit–06/03/2015

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 24: Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers is hit by a pitch from Cleveland Indians Danny Salazar as Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians works behind the plate during the first inning at Comerica Park on April 24, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Victor Martinez, Alex Avila Both Back To Baseball Activities

The Tigers are currently on a five-game losing streak. With a 28-25 record, Detroit is third in its division, 3.5 games out of first place.

CBS Detroit–06/03/2015

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 2:  Brett Lawrie #15 of the Oakland Athletics slides safely into third base as Nick Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers drops the throw from shortstop Jose Iglesias on a hit by Marcus Semien of the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park on June 2, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Defensive Gaffes Cost Tigers In Fifth Straight Loss

“Anaheim was a slap in the face,” Ausmus said, referring to the recent four-game sweep by the Angels. “This was a punch in the gut.”

CBS Detroit–06/02/2015

Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers - file photo. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Tigers Shake Up Lineup With Hope Of Reinvigorating Offense

“Things weren’t working, so we looked at it, or I looked at it, tried to find some way we could maybe mix it up,” Ausmus said Tuesday.

CBS Detroit–06/02/2015

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 03:  Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch in the first inning 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)

Verlander Scheduled For Final Rehab Start Saturday, Could Return To Rotation Next Week

“Lobstein has done a nice job,” Ausmus said, “but let’s face it, Justin Verlander’s a different animal when it comes to starting pitchers.”

CBS Detroit–06/02/2015

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 1: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers walks to dugout after striking out with bases loaded in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals  on May 1, 2015 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Cabrera On Team’s Offensive Struggles: ‘When You Put A Lot Of Pressure On Yourself, You Overdo It’

“When you put a lot of pressure on yourself, you overdo it,” Cabrera said. “That’s when you make mistakes, when you try too hard.”

CBS Detroit–06/01/2015

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