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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - 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.

    He got his chance against the Braves 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."

    Inge is competing with Ryan Raburn and Ramon Santiago for the job.

    "I just hope he can get on base, run hard, field, hit, and throw," Leyland said with a smile.

    Fielder, the Tigers big free agent acquisition this winter, went 2 for 2 with a walk. He is 3 for 3 in Detroit counting Friday's game against Florida Southern College.

    Doug Fister and seven Detroit pitchers combined to allow only one hit in each team's opener of the Grapefruit League season.

    The Braves didn't get their first hit until the eighth inning when Jordan Parraz singled off Chris Bootcheck.

    Mike Minor pitched two innings for the Braves, allowing one hit while striking out three.

    "Our pitchers all had a good day today," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I just want Mike to feel comfortable and that is what getting experience is all about. Pitchers have to grow up and that's what he's doing. If we makes the plays he will be fine."

    Minor was thrown into the pennant race last summer and performed well, going 3-3 in eight starts, but with veteran Tim Hudson out with a sore back until May, the Braves are counting on Minor being ready for opening day.

    "It's early and the hitters are behind," Gonzalez said. "(Minor) is maturing. He's got good control and we expect things from him."

    The Tigers scored in the third when Jerad Head homered to left field. They added another run in the eighth with a when Audy Ciriaco scored on a sacrifice fly.

    The two teams will meet again on Sunday in Lakeland.

    NOTES: Former Braves stars Fred McGriff and Dave Justice are in camp as special instructors, and Dale Murphy arrived on Saturday. Phil Niekro, Gene Garber and Tom Glavine are expected next week. . 1B Freddie Freeman was up and running only three days after injuring his right knee in practice on Wednesday. He said he will be able to play by next week. ... Leyland said Jacob Turner would start on Wednesday against the Braves in Lakeland. It is significant because, after the four starters who are considered locks for the rotation, Turner will be the fifth starter of the spring. Turner was 0-1 in three starts last year in Detroit. . Leyland said that Fielder, Cabrera, and Delmon Young could all spit time at designated hitter. None are known for their fielding skills.

     
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    Detroit Tigers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Austin Jackson, CF3010020 .333
        Quintin Berry, CF2010000 .500
    Brennan Boesch, RF3000010 .000
        Justin Henry, RF2000001 .000
    Miguel Cabrera, 3B3000010 .000
        Audy Ciriaco, 3B11100001.000
    Prince Fielder, 1B20201001.000
        Ryan Strieby, PR-1B10100001.000
    Jhonny Peralta, SS3010002 .333
        Argenis Diaz, PR-SS0001000 .000
    Clete Thomas, LF3010013 .333
        Matt Young, LF1000001 .000
    Brandon Inge, 2B2000114 .000
        Danny Worth, 2B0000100 .000
    Gerald Laird, C2000004 .000
        Rob Brantly, C2010002 .500
    Jerad Head, DH3111011 .333
       a- Patrick Leyland, PH-DH1000000 .000
    Totals34210237  
    a-fouled out for Head in the 9th
    Batting
    HR - Jerad Head (1, Varvaro)
    SF - Argenis Diaz (1)
    RBI - Argenis Diaz (1), Jerad Head (1)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    DP - Ciriaco-Worth-Strieby, Worth-Diaz-Strieby
    Detroit Tigers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Doug Fister (W,1-0) 2000100 0.00
    Jacob Turner (H,1) 1000010 0.00
    David Pauley (H,1) 1000200 0.00
    Daniel Schlereth (H,1) 1000010 0.00
    Collin Balester (H,1) 1000000 0.00
    Phil Coke (H,1) 1000100 0.00
    Chris Bootcheck (H,1) 1100000 0.00
    Luis Marte (S,1) 1000010 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 10-6, Jacob Turner 5-5, David Pauley 11-3, Daniel Schlereth 5-5, Collin Balester 3-3, Phil Coke 6-2, Chris Bootcheck 3-3, Luis Marte 5-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 3-3, Jacob Turner 1-1, David Pauley 1-2, Daniel Schlereth 2-0, Collin Balester 2-1, Phil Coke 1-1, Chris Bootcheck 2-0, Luis Marte 1-1
    Batters Faced - Doug Fister 7, Jacob Turner 3, David Pauley 5, Daniel Schlereth 3, Collin Balester 3, Phil Coke 3, Chris Bootcheck 3, Luis Marte 3
    Atlanta Braves
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Michael Bourn, CF3000010 .000
        Luis Durango, CF1000000 .000
    Martin Prado, LF3000000 .000
        Jose Constanza, LF1000000 .000
    Chipper Jones, 3B1000100 .000
        Brandon Hicks, 3B2000010 .000
    Brian McCann, C1000100 .000
        J.C. Boscan, C0000100 .000
    Dan Uggla, 2B2000002 .000
        Josh Wilson, 2B1000001 .000
    Eric Hinske, 1B1000102 .000
        Ernesto Mejia, 1B1000000 .000
    Jason Heyward, RF2000001 .000
        Jordan Parraz, RF10100001.000
    Matt Diaz, DH3000001 .000
    Tyler Pastornicky, SS2000010 .000
        Drew Sutton, SS1000000 .000
    Totals2601043  
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Jason Heyward 1
    DP - Jones-Hinske, Sutton-Wilson-Mejia
    Atlanta Braves
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Mike Minor 2100130 0.00
    Anthony Varvaro (L,0-1) 1211001 9.00
    Arodys Vizcaino 1200010 0.00
    Cristhian Martinez 1000020 0.00
    Adam Russell 1100110 0.00
    Dusty Hughes 1200000 0.00
    Erik Cordier 1211100 9.00
    Zeke Spruill 1000000 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 17-13, Anthony Varvaro 8-6, Arodys Vizcaino 7-7, Cristhian Martinez 7-7, Adam Russell 10-6, Dusty Hughes 4-4, Erik Cordier 9-5, Zeke Spruill 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Arodys Vizcaino 2-0, Cristhian Martinez 1-0, Dusty Hughes 1-1, Erik Cordier 1-2, Zeke Spruill 1-2
    Batters Faced - Mike Minor 8, Anthony Varvaro 4, Arodys Vizcaino 5, Cristhian Martinez 3, Adam Russell 5, Dusty Hughes 4, Erik Cordier 6, Zeke Spruill 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 8593
    Game Time - 2:26
    Temperature - 84
    Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Ed Hickox