Brad Ausmus is the new manager of the Detroit Tigers. But it hasn't been that long since he was a player. The 44-year-old former catcher actually faced four current Tigers pitchers during his playing days.

He remembers one matchup especially well.

"I remember facing (Justin) Verlander," Ausmus said Friday morning. "It might have been a year when I was in Houston and went to Comerica and I was in the midst of like an 0-for-40, and, man, he chewed me up and spit me out."

Ausmus's memory serves him well. He was in the midst of an 0-for-40 streak when he faced Verlander on June 28, 2006, while playing for the Houston Astros. Ausmus grounded into a double play in his first at-bat, then struck out on three straight pitches in his next at-bat. Ausmus struck out looking at an 0-2 pitch from Verlander, who was in his first full season in the majors.

Here are Ausmus's numbers against the current Tigers pitchers that he faced:

Ausmus vs. Anibal Sanchez: 0-for-2, BB
Ausmus vs. Joba Chamberlain: 1-for-2, 1B, BB, K
Ausmus vs. Justin Verlander: 0-for-2, K, GIDP
Ausmus vs. Joe Nathan: 0-for-1

In all, Ausmus went 1-for-7 with one RBI, two walks and two strikeouts against the foursome. His lone RBI came on a sacrifice fly against Sanchez during the 2007 season.

Chamberlain shook his head when he was told he allowed a single and a walk to his new manager.

"Dang," he said. "I walked him?"

Ausmus responded quickly when he was told that Chamberlain was upset about the walk.

"Yeah, well, throw strikes," Ausmus said.

Chamberlain joked that Ausmus should have taken the bat off his shoulder, but upon further review the walk was intentional. Ausmus singled to lead off the third inning against Chamberlain, who was then a starting pitcher for the Yankees. Ausmus came to bat again in the sixth inning with runners on first and second. An 0-1 pitch got away from Chamberlain for a wild pitch, allowing the runners to move up.

With first base open, Chamberlain completed the intentional walk to bring Astros starting pitcher Shawn Shacon to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. Chamberlain retired Shacon on a fly ball to right field to strand three Astros runners.