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Detroit – Tigers manager Brad Ausmus spoke at length Saturday about beleaguered outfielder Anthony Gose for the first time since his demotion to Double-A Erie last week.

“He's been struggling all year hitting,” Ausmus said. “He just needs to perform. I've talked to him. He knows he's struggling. There are days he's not sure why he's struggling and there are days he feels good.

“He just wants to get that consistent feeling back in the batter’s box where he can hit on a regular basis. Hopefully a change of scenery helps.”

Ausmus said he was encouraged after his talk with Gose.

“He wants to play baseball,” Ausmus said. “Nobody was happy about what happened in Toledo. But it's not the first time something like this has happened in baseball. But you have to get past it. He has to get past it and he's got to play well.”

Gose got into an in-game dugout argument with Mud Hens manager Lloyd McClendon last Saturday. The organization suspended him for three days and upon his return sent him to Erie.

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