Notes: Tigers teaching discipline

Notes: Tigers teaching discipline

BOSTON -- While in Boston, all Alan Trammell has to do to remind his young hitters what they're capable of is point to the first base dugout.

"There is a fine line between being aggressive and being selective, and that team over there has mastered that," Trammell said of the Red Sox, who have led the American League in runs scored and batting average over the last three seasons.

"You look over there and the difference with them is that if you make a bad pitch early in a count, they jump on you and they don't miss."

Trammell is hoping his young hitters, talents like Curtis Granderson, Nook Logan and Chris Shelton, are paying attention.

"Sometimes we do the same thing, we jump on pitches, but we're not as consistent," Trammell said. "We missed a lot early on [in season]. They don't miss it. They have tremendous discipline.

"I can't consider us there yet, but we've made a lot of strides."

There have been great signs of hope for a team that changed its approached just prior to the All-Star break.

The Tigers entered Sunday batting .298 over their last 46 games dating to July 6. In addition to leading the American League in hitting over the last seven weeks, no team in the Junior Circuit has a better slugging percentage with a .473 mark.

They are also second with 251 runs scored and a .349 on-base percentage and have connected for 57 home runs.

Trammell gives most of the credit for the turnaround to Kirk Gibson, the Tigers' batting coach.

"He has worked real hard with all of our guys, teaching them to think," said Trammell. "You don't want them think too much, but he had a pretty good memory of how guys pitch you."

Trammell joked about Gibson's willingness to share his trade secrets.

"Just go up to him, I'm sure he's waiting on all of you [reporters] to ask him about it," the manager quipped.

Douglass to make next start: Despite getting tagged for seven runs and nine hits in three-plus innings Saturday night at Fenway, Trammell says the right-hander will make his next scheduled start Thursday in Chicago against the White Sox. Trammell further indicated Roman Colon, who recorded his first win Saturday with 3 1/3 innings of relief, is a candidate for a starting job down the road and would have started Monday had Jeremy Bonderman not recovered from his sore right wrist.

On deck: After getting hit on the right wrist by a Marco Scutaro line drive in his last start, Bonderman (14-10, 4.27 ERA) remarkably won't miss his start in Cleveland on Monday as the Tigers open a three-game series at Jacobs Field. The Indians counter with right-hander Scott Elarton (7-7, 4.74 ERA).

Mike Petraglia is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.