• Brennan Boesch's callup to the Angels brought him back to Comerica Park, the place where his Major League career began. The former Tigers outfielder was on the bench for the Angels on Friday night as a left-handed-hitting option. He went 0-for-1 as a late-game substitution in the Tigers' 11-6 loss.
"It's just funny how life works, where you're back where you started initially to start the season," said Boesch, who was called up when Kole Calhoun went on the disabled list. Boesch was a rookie sensation in Detroit in 2010 before injuries and inconsistencies slowed his career rise. He was released in the middle of Spring Training in 2013.
• Injured Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks is doing aquatic rehab in Lakeland, Fla., as he tries to recover from back surgery. He's scheduled for a visit at the end of the month with a back specialist, who will likely clear Dirks to begin more activity.
"He's doing very well," head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said, "He's progressing right along schedule."
• The Tigers' upcoming run of left-handed opposing starting pitchers will likely bring more starts behind the plate for Bryan Holaday than Victor Martinez. Ausmus said Holaday will probably start twice during the set of five games in six days against lefty starters.