The answer is not to have poor hitters make outs on purpose. It is to have better hitters. The Tigers' front office has been woefully unsuccessful in that regard. Dombrowski has rewarded failure with undeserved contracts, and Ilitch has rewarded it by letting Dombrowski keep his job.
Going the Small Ball route to try to fix the problem is the equivalent of reacting to food that doesn't taste good by eating poison instead.