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Tigers' manager Jim Leyland stepping down

Oct 22nd, 2013 - Sports News

(AP) — Jim Leyland is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers.

Leyland announced the move Monday, two days after the Tigers were eliminated from the AL championship series by Boston in six games. The 68-year-old Leyland led Detroit to the World Series twice in eight years, and the Tigers have won the last three AL Central titles.

Leyland has been working under one-year contracts the last couple years, saying he was content to wait until after the season to address his status.

Leyland was 700-597 with the Tigers. In all, he is 1,769-1,728 with the Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies. He won the World Series in 1997 with Florida.

— Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera might need surgery to repair a tear in his groin that limited him in the playoffs.

Cabrera hit .348 with 44 home runs and 137 RBIs this season, but he was bothered for the last couple of months by a number of injuries. He batted .262 with two home runs in 11 postseason games. Detroit lost to Boston in the AL championship series.

General manager Dave Dombrowski said Monday that Cabrera was checked by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia before the postseason. Dombrowski said Cabrera only agreed to see Meyers when the team promised the third baseman he wouldn't be shut down.

Dombrowski said resting Cabrera for a couple of weeks wouldn't have been enough to help him get healthy, so he kept playing.

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