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Tigers Interview George Lombard, Marcus Thames

The Detroit Tigers have interviewed Dodgers first base coach George Lombard and Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames, who both previously played for the Tigers, for their managerial opening, according to sources. The two join long-time Tigers coach Lloyd McClendon as candidates who have interviewed for the job. McLendon served as the interim manager following Ron Gardenhire's retirement in September. Pirates bench coach Don Kelly is also expected to interview for the opening. Former Astros manager A.J. Hinch and former Red Sox manager Alex Cora are also on the list of candidates. The Tigers aren't expected to rush their hire, especially since Hinch and Cora must wait until after the World Series to speak with teams due to their suspensions centered around the Astros sign-stealing scandal of 2017.