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Detroit, of course, still has work to do this season. Dombrowski said the extensions were announced on a day off so the focus can be on the field when the Tigers start playing again.

“I don’t think it has been a distraction _ we’re in a position where we’re four games in first place,” he said. “But it always has the potential to be a distraction.”

Dombrowski, who held a conference call Monday, was asked whether the team considered a longer extension for Leyland _ and if the manager showed any interest in one.

“He did not ask me for more than that. We offered him that and he gladly accepted,” Dombrowski said.

The Tigers also extended the contracts of assistant general manager Al Avila, vice president for amateur scouting David Chadd, vice president for player personnel Scott Reid and baseball legal counsel John Westhoff.

Duane McLean was promoted to executive vice president for business operations.