Leyland honored at downtown Detroit event

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DETROIT (AP) -- Jim Leyland is happy to help Brad Ausmus in any way the new Detroit manager wants.

Ausmus is replacing Leyland in the Tigers' dugout next season, but the outgoing skipper is remaining part of the organization, and he's already had a chance to visit with his successor a bit.

Leyland was at Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit on Monday night, being honored as part of an event hosted by best-selling author Mitch Albom and federal Judge Damon Keith. "Detroit Legacies in Black and White" was a fundraiser for Detroit charities through S.A.Y. Detroit and The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights.

Leyland stepped down as Detroit's manager after this season, and the Tigers hired Ausmus to replace him.