The Tigers entered Monday’s game against the last-place Twins with a disappointing 16-21 record. After signing Monday’s starter Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year, $110 million contract, signing Justin Upton at six years and $132.75 million, and acquiring closer Francisco Rodriguez, the Tigers expected to be quite competitive in an otherwise uninspiring AL Central division. But it didn’t happen, which has led to rumors of firing manager Brad Ausmus.
The Twins were kind enough to spot the Tigers an 8-0 lead after the first inning of Monday night’s game, as Jose Berrios couldn’t finish the inning. The Tigers used four walks, three doubles, two singles, and a homer to put up an eight-spot. But not even that was enough. The Twins would score twice in the second, once in the third, and four times in the fourth to nearly erase the deficit, all against Zimmermann, who entered the start with the American League’s lowest ERA at 1.50.
Understandably, Ausmus was not in a good mood. He let home plate umpire Doug Eddings have it after Nick Castellanos was called out on strikes to end the bottom of the fourth. Ausmus was ejected immediately, then came out and got in Eddings’ face. As the coup de grace, Ausmus removed his sweater and draped it across home plate. It was art, really.
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