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Brad Ausmus replaces Jim Leyland

Updated: November 3, 2013, 8:30 PM ET
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DETROIT -- When Brad Ausmus was a player -- which wasn't that long ago -- the mental aspect of the game always came pretty easily.

"I always enjoyed the cerebral part," Ausmus said. "It was much more difficult to hit -- that was the part of the game I didn't really enjoy."

Perhaps it was inevitable that Ausmus would become a manager, and he'll have that chance now. The Detroit Tigers hired the 44-year-old former catcher to replace Jim Leyland at the helm of the three-time defending ...

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