In the second game of the season, the Tigers and new manager Brad Ausmus got a chance to use the new replay rules -- and it worked in their favor.
Tyler Collins appeared to ground into a double play in the bottom of the sixth inning, with Ian Kinsler out at second and Collins out at first. That would have left Alex Gonzalez on third with two outs. Replays showed Collins narrowly beat the throw to first. After Ausmus took a time-buying moment to discuss the matter on the field, the team issued its challenge. Officials in New York agreed with Ausmus, ruling Collins safe at first on the fielder's choice. The whole matter took only a handful of minutes.
Detroit failed to cash in its second chance, however, when Miguel Cabrera grounded into a fielders choice with Gonzalez thrown out at home. Victor Martinez struck out to end the inning.
So, if you're keeping track: Ausmus won his managerial debut on Monday and now he's won his first challenge on Wednesday. The Tigers hired a winner!
Update: And they won a second replay in the 10th inning when Nori Aoki was ruled out at first to end the inning.