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Tigers tab Ausmus

The Detroit Tigers hired Brad Ausmus as their new manager Sunday, turning to a 44-year-old former catcher with almost no managerial experience to replace Jim Leyland at the helm of the three-time defending A.L. Central champions. Ausmus, who worked most recently in the San Diego Padres front office as a special assistant to the general manager, emerged as Detroit’s pick less than two weeks after Leyland stepped down. He takes over a team that has reached the A.L. championship series three straight years and should be well-positioned for another big season in 2014. Ausmus managed Israel’s World Baseball Classic team, and played in the majors from 1993-2010. “This is a winning franchise,” Ausmus said. “I think I should be held to that standard as well.” –AP