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By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT (AP) - Jim Leyland's career in professional baseball has come full circle.
The Detroit Tigers put Leyland back in the dugout six years ago after employing him as a light-hitting catcher in the minors and a manager in their farm system.
It has been a win-win reunion.
Leyland led the Tigers to the World Series in 2006, giving the franchise a chance to win its first title since 1984, and helped them get back to the Fall Classic this year against San Francisco.
The old-school, 67-year-old manager can crack a joke one moment and turn crotchety the next.
Leyland says he's old, not grumpy.
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