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Leyland returns; Tigers bring back Dotel, Peralta

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Jim Leyland will return for an eighth season as the Detroit Tigers manager, the team announced Tuesday.

Leyland's coaching staff has also has been invited to return.

In addition, the Tigers exercised the options on shortstop Jhonny Peralta and reliever Octavio Dotel, two members who played roles for the 2012 American League champions.

Peralta, 31, batted .239 with 13 homers and a .689 OPS in 150 games. He will earn $6 million next season.

Dotel, 38, posted a 3.57 ERA in 58 innings, and will earn $3.5 million in 2013.

The 2013 season will be Leyland's 22nd as a major league manager. His career began in 1986 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He won the World Series in 1997 while helming the Florida Marlins, and also managed the Colorado Rockies for a season.

He has taken two Tigers teams to the Series, but lost both times, including being swept by San Francisco Giants.

Leyland, 67, leads active managers with 1,676 wins.
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