To groove his swing, Gose takes it indoors

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Anthony Gose

Cleveland – Watching the Tigers take batting practice is a sight to behold.

Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Justin Upton, J.D. Martinez, Jarrod Saltalamacchia – they often put on a show, smashing baseballs into the seats in every corner of the yard.

There’s one thing you probably won’t ever see, though. Anthony Gose.

He does not take his pre-game hacks on the field. It’s not that he’s anti-social or superstitious. It just suits him better to take his batting practice under the stands, in the cage.

“I just feel more comfortable swinging in the cage,” he said. “I don’t overswing in the cage. The ball can only go so far so you focus on making good swings and barreling the ball.”

Gose, the Tigers center fielder, doesn’t make his money hitting home runs. His job is to get on base and use his speed. He believes, and hitting coaches Wally Joyner and David Newhan agree, it would be counterproductive for him to engage in what can turn into a home run derby in pre-game batting practice on the field.

“I feel good coming out of the cage,” Gose said. “I know you hear some guys talking about being 5-o’clock hitters because they feel so good in BP. I know some guys like to see the ball travel. But me, personally, I don’t need to see how far the ball goes.

“I know if I take a good swing and I hit the ball right, I know if it would go out or not.”

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Greene throwing

Right-handed starter Shane Greene, on the 15-day DL retroactive to April 25, threw from 60 feet on flat ground before the game Tuesday.

It was the third time he’s thrown since the blister split open on his right middle finger, but it was the first time he threw with the finger unprotected.

“It felt good,” he said. “I’m just taking it day to day right now. I am not sure what the next step is. Just see how it reacts from today and make a game plan tomorrow.”

He could come off the DL next Tuesday, and that is certainly what he’s shooting for, but the Tigers aren’t setting timetables.

“The finger is coming along nicely,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “But it’s too early to tell (if he will be ready after 15 days). It’s too early for me to tell you (laughter).”

Fulmer to start

In the meantime, rookie Michael Fulmer will continue to fill in for Greene. He will start here against the Indians on Thursday.

“We just feel like he’s earned it,” Ausmus said.

Fulmer made his big-league debut last week, beating Minnesota. He allowed two runs in five innings.

“The most important thing at the Major League level is experience,” Ausmus said. “All the experience we can get him will help him.”

McCann back

James McCann, back after being out with a sprained right ankle since April 11, went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch Tuesday. He admitted there was plenty of rust still to knock off.

“Is it like spring training again? No, because here there is more on the line,” he said. “It’s going to take me a few games to get back into it. It’s a process.”

It’s a process that takes patience, and he’s already missed more time than he is even remotely comfortable with.

“You are talking to a guy who hasn’t missed a lot of time,” he said. “There is a process to getting back and getting into a groove. And patience is the key word, because it’s going to take time.”

Familiarity bites

These are not great days for Tigers' utility man Mike Aviles

He spent the three previous seasons with the Indians and has a lot of great friends in the other dugout. Great friends who are letting him know at every chance they have now beaten him and his new team four straight games.

“It’s fun to play against those guys, fun to see my brothers I used to have,” he said. “At the same time, it’s time to beat them. They came into our house and got us at a vulnerable time. We weren’t playing the way we should and they were playing well.

“But it’s not fun to watch them win. I know Kip (Jason Kipnis) will have something to say to me later. Me and Kip will be giving each other crap throughout the year.”

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