Detroit — Brad Ausmus isn't sure whether he needs to address the team before it takes the field today against the Twins.
"I've mulled that over," he said, after the Tigers were pounded again by the Twins, 12-3. "At this point I would say I don't have to say anything. That doesn't mean I won't change my mind overnight."
Alex Avila, one of the veteran leaders in the clubhouse, said no words were necessary.
"Absolutely not," he said. "We're grown men here. Everybody knows the situation. It's not like, 'Hey, tomorrow is a big game.' Well, no (kidding)."
The Tigers, as bad as they've played the last two nights, losing 23-7 collectively, are still in control. With the Royals losing to the White Sox Saturday, the Tigers can clinch their fourth straight AL Central Division title if they can beat the Twins Sunday.
"Frustrated," Ausmus said, when asked to describe his team's psyche. "They are frustrated with themselves."
Avila, one of the few Tigers who stayed around afterward, put it like this:
"The mood is, go get 'em tomorrow," he said. "We would have liked to play better, but we have a chance to be a 90-win team tomorrow. That's a big deal. We have a quick turnaround. We have to forget about this one."
Having David Price on the mound should help quell some of the negativity. It was almost exactly a year ago, Sept. 30, 2013, that he pitched a complete-game victory over Texas in Game 163 to send the Rays to the wild-card game.
"I was not concerned at all coming in today that something like this (a blowout loss) would happen again," Ausmus said. "I am a little surprised by it. But we can't do anything about it now.
"We've got a game tomorrow that we've got to win — I mean we've got to win."
If they don't, and the Royals win their finale in Chicago, the Tigers and Royals will play a game 163 at Comerica Park Monday. If the Tigers do clinch, they will open the ALDS in Baltimore Thursday.
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