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Brad Ausmus is fitting right in as the Detroit Tigers manager, the 10 most indispensable Tigers, and expanded replay gets its first test this spring.

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Tigers links:

Tigers' Brad Ausmus already looks the part of seasoned manager
The Detroit News, Kurt Mensching

He speaks deliberately, knowledgeably, but with an easy nature. He's quick to make a joke, comfortable enough to make one at the expense of those in the room with him.

Detroit Tigers' Max Scherzer working to match last year's success: 'My arm feels great right now'
MLive.com, James Schmehl

Always searching for improvement, Max Scherzer made several tweaks to his offseason and spring program, and on Friday, he finally got a chance to test it out in a game.

Detroit Tigers' third ace, Anibal Sanchez, looks like a steal
Detroit Free Press, Shawn Windsor

Sanchez is so good the Tigers might have underpaid him. With all the recent talk of $200-million contracts, his five-year, $88-million deal looks like a bargain.

30 Tigers in 30 Days: #11 – Miguel Cabrera
Walkoff Woodward, Grey Papke

Rather amazingly, Miguel Cabrera turns 31 in April. (It seems like he’s been around forever and yet you’re still surprised he’s that old. It doesn’t make sense.)

The Ten Most Indispensable Tigers
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

By virtually all accounts, the Tigers are heavy favorites to win the American League Central Division in 2014.

Elsewhere in baseball:

In first test of expanded replay, call is upheld
MLB.com, Rhett Bollinger

Baseball's new expanded replay rules were put to use for the first time on Monday at Hammond Stadium.

Liquor, cockroaches, grand hotels, old ballparks, national anthems and more spring training fun
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

The weekend contained a lot of driving too, but a lot of fun as well. After I checked out of the Tigers game on Friday afternoon I found some local culture in Lakeland:

Russell Wilson looks sharp during spring training workout with the Texas Rangers
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

The best thing you could say about Wilson's appearance is that it seemed like he belonged.

Tigers tweets:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Lets address this pic. 1st off it was taco night, sombreros enhance the experience. Holly told a story and said &quot;I&#39;ve got it out in the car&quot;</p>&mdash; Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) <a href="https://twitter.com/Max_Scherzer/statuses/440580503931211776">March 3, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>First day in Lakeland. We can start now. <a href="http://t.co/oxa7uoWTe0">pic.twitter.com/oxa7uoWTe0</a></p>&mdash; Mario Impemba (@mario_impemba) <a href="https://twitter.com/mario_impemba/statuses/440487847087587328">March 3, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thx all for ur bday wishes; had a great time w the fam&#10;Grax x sus felicitaciones, pase un dia sabroso junto a la fam <a href="http://t.co/YrIx9Q1Z7M">pic.twitter.com/YrIx9Q1Z7M</a></p>&mdash; Anibal Sanchez (@AnibalSanchez19) <a href="https://twitter.com/AnibalSanchez19/statuses/440265759978422274">March 2, 2014</a></blockquote>
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