DETROIT — Tigers manager Brad Ausmus quickly apologized for telling reporters after Detroit's latest loss that he beats his wife when his team isn't playing well.
Ausmus was asked after the Tigers' 2-1 loss to the Royals how his mood is when he heads home from the ballpark these days. Detroit has dropped 20 of 29.
Ausmus, clearly trying to joke, said: "I beat my wife." After a brief pause, he said: "I'm just kidding around. No, luckily my wife and kids are fantastic. I do get a little mopey at home, but my wife and kids are good."
About a minute later, without being prompted, Ausmus said: "I didn't want to make light of battered women. I didn't mean to make light of that, so I apologize for that if that offended anyone."
GWYNN TRIBUTE: The Padres have scheduled a public tribute to Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn for June 26 at Petco Park. Gwynn died of cancer Monday at age 54.
ACE OKAY: Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright, scratched from his scheduled start Monday with a sore elbow, threw 35-40 pitches in a bullpen session and said he'd be ready for his next outing, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported.
BAN UPHELD: Red Sox RHP Brandon Workman lost an appeal of his six-game suspension for throwing near the head of the Rays' Evan Longoria and began serving it.
BRAVES: Rookie 2B Tommy La Stella batted leadoff for the first time in a new-look lineup. RF Jason Heyward, who has hit leadoff in all but two games this season, batted fifth for the team that has lost three straight.
CUBS: 3B Kris Bryant, one of baseball's top prospects, was promoted to Triple-A Iowa after batting .355 with a .458 on-base percentage and a .702 slugging percentage at Double-A Tennessee.
DODGERS: SS Hanley Ramirez was in the starting lineup a day after a line drive hit his right ring finger and knocked him out of the game. X-rays were negative.
INDIANS: LF Michael Brantley was been diagnosed with a concussion and will likely be out of the lineup until Saturday. … RHP Zach McAllister, who hasn't pitched since May 21 because of a sore back, was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
MARLINS: NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton left the game with a bruised left wrist but said he expects to be back in the lineup today. … RHP Brad Penny agreed to a minor-league contract. Penny, 36, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012.
ROYALS: RF Nori Aoki was out of the lineup after leaving Tuesday night's game with left groin discomfort. Manager Ned Yost described the injury as a cramp.