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Tigers beat Florida Southern in Ausmus' debut

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 25, 2014 at 4:38 pm •  Published: February 25, 2014

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Brad Ausmus was a winner in his first game as a manager as the Detroit Tigers beat Florida Southern 12-0 Tuesday in an exhibition matchup.

Steve Lombardozzi had two hits in his Tigers debut and seven pitchers held the Division II school to just three hits.

Steven Moya had a double, triple and four RBIs for Detroit and Daniel Fields and Eugenio Suarez each homered.

Ausmus is replacing Jim Leyland as the Tigers manager. Leyland led the Tigers to two trips to the World Series in eight seasons. Detroit is the defending three-time AL Central champions.

Ausmus took his first win as just another ballgame.

"It was just different to be finally playing against guys in a different uniform," Ausmus said. "It's good to get the rust off and go on from there."


Highlights from the Tigers' camp and their win over Florida Southern:


The Tigers went with long-shot candidate Drew VerHagen to start the spring opener. He pitched two hitless innings and struck out two. VerHagen is a non-roster invitee who went 7-8 last year, splitting time between Class A Lakeland and Double-A Erie.


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