– Manager Brad Ausmus was back at the ballpark Friday, preparing to manage the Detroit Tigers. But for how much longer?

"I'm not going to put odds on it," Ausmus said when asked whether he expects to be back next season.

Tigers General Manager Al Avila released a statement Friday amid reports that the team had already decided to fire Ausmus at the end of what has turned into a lackluster season.

"I reconfirmed with [owner] Mr. [Mike] Ilitch and manager Brad Ausmus this morning that these evaluations are ongoing and decisions in any of these areas will be made by the end of the season," Avila said before the Tigers' game in Cleveland was rained out.

In Ausmus' second season, the four-time defending AL Central champion Tigers have sunk to last place in the division after an 11-2 start.

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