New-look Tigers shine against Braves

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Brandon Inge lost his job at third base when Detroit moved Miguel Cabrera across the infield to make room for first baseman Prince Fielder. Instead of sulking, he volunteered to play second base.

Detroit Tigers outfielder Clete Thomas flips over the left field foul wall while making a catch on a ball hit by Atlanta Braves' Michael Bourn in the first inning.  ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Detroit Tigers outfielder Clete Thomas flips over the left field foul wall while making a catch on a ball hit by Atlanta Braves' Michael Bourn in the first inning.

He got his chance against the Braves on Saturday, making two putouts before coming out after the fifth. Inge made an impressive stop on his first chance in the bottom of the first inning of the Tigers’ 2-0 win over the Atlanta Braves.

“Brandon Inge made two great plays,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “He made some athletic plays. I don’t think athleticism will be an issue.”

Fielder, the Tigers’ big free agent acquisition this winter, went 2 for 2 with a walk. Doug Fister and seven Detroit pitchers combined to allow only one hit in each team’s opener of the Grapefruit League season.

PADRES: Cameron Maybin agreed to a $25 million, five-year contract that includes an option for 2017.

Maybin, 24, was acquired in November 2010 from the Marlins for two relief pitchers. He was selected the team’s most valuable player in 2011 after he hit .264 with nine homers and 40 RBI and stole 40 bases in a career-high 137 games.

YANKEES: Former pitching prospect Brien Taylor, the overall No. 1 selection in the 1991 draft, is facing multiple drug charges after his arrest near Beaufort, N.C.

The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office said the 40-year-old Taylor, of Beaufort, was arrested Thursday. A statement said undercover narcotics agents bought a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine from Taylor over several months.

Taylor got a then-record $1.55 million signing bonus from the Yankees. After excelling at Double-A in 1993, he got into a fight that winter and injured his pitching shoulder and was never the same after major surgery.

METS: Third baseman David Wright was scratched from Saturday’s intrasquad game because of soreness around his ribcage, while outfielder Scott Hairston injured his left side and could be out for a week or more.

BREWERS: Renewed the contract of closer John Axford.

Axford set a team record with 46 saves in 2010 and converted his last 43 chances in a row. He was 2-2 with a 1.95 ERA in 74 appearances to help the Brewers win the NL Central.


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