62
      Monday
      85 / 61
      Tuesday
      87 / 63
      Wednesday
      84 / 63

      Ausmus, Tigers host Royals in opener

      New manager Brad Ausmus and the Detroit Tigers begin their pursuit of a fourth straight AL Central title Monday against the Kansas City Royals.

      Justin Verlander will make his seventh consecutive opening day start, and Detroit will try to move past a difficult spring training in which three significant players went down with major injuries.

      Kansas City will send right-hander James Shields to the mound. The Royals are coming off an 86-win season - the first time they'd finished above .500 in a decade. They'll need to take another step forward to displace Detroit atop the division.

      Ausmus took over as Detroit's manager after Jim Leyland stepped down at the end of last season.