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    LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Despite giving up his first runs of spring training, Andy Oliver looks as if he has the edge for the Tigers' No. 5 starter role.

    Oliver struggled with his control and allowed a three-run homer in Detroit's 7-3 loss to the Twins on Wednesday. Still manager Jim Leyland is enthusiastic about him.

    "I like him a lot," Leyland said. "He was pumped up and overthrowing, but that's OK. He can help this team. He pitched well and just gave up a three-run homer. He's going to be fine."

    Oliver had gone nine innings without allowing a run, plus three more in a pre-exhibition season start. On Wednesday, he went 3 2-3 innings and allowed three runs, but walked five.

    The Tigers have few spots on the opening-day roster, but Leyland is concerned about the fifth starter behind Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, and Doug Fister.

    Oliver has been ahead of the competition, but gave up the homer to Luke Hughes, the first he's given up all spring.

    "I was a little out of rhythm," Oliver said. "I tried to do a little too much. I got some ground balls, but I need to get ahead in the count and not walk batters. That's what I will take out of this."

    Oliver has only seven major league appearances in two seasons with the Tigers - all starts - but Leyland has said all along that he is impressed by what he's seen from Oliver, a former second-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State.

    Oliver walked the bases loaded in the fourth and he was pulled because he reached his pitch count. Adam Wilk, another contender for the fifth spot in the Tigers rotation, came in and stranded all three on base.

    Defense is an issue in Detroit.

    With Miguel Cabrera sidelined for at least a week after getting hit in face while fielding a grounder, Brandon Inge shifted back to third base from second.

    Inge said he felt comfortable back at third although he knows it's just temporary. He's competing with Ryan Raburn, who leads the Grapefruit League in homers with six, for the second base job. Inge said he would play anywhere.

    "Playing third was no problem," said Inge, despite making a throwing error. "I am just assuming I need to be ready to play anywhere. I felt at home at third, but anywhere is no big deal."

    Leyland said Inge will not see much action at third even though Cabrera may or may not be ready for opening day.

    "Don't read anything into it," Leyland said. "He can play third base any day including Christmas Day, but we'll be using him at second."

    Liam Hendriks improved his chances on claiming one of the openings in Minnesota's starting rotation, allowing two runs in four innings, while striking out two. He allowed a homer to Delmon Young, his fifth, but keeps catching the eye of Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

    "Hendriks did fine," Gardenhire said. "They jumped on him early, but he picked it up. We like Hendriks. He can change speeds and do all the things we need him to do."

    Matt Maloney struck out three in two innings following Hendriks to stretch his scoreless streak to 9 1-3 innings. He was claimed by the Twins from Cincinnati in October. He was 0-3 with a 9.16 ERA in eight appearances for the Reds last season.

    Twins RHP Carl Pavano will start on Thursday against the Orioles in Fort Myers. He'll be followed by RHP Matt Capps, LHP Glen Perkins, LHP Brian Duensing, and RHP Kyle Waldrop. . Justin Morneau, the 2006 AL MVP entered Wednesday's game with a batting average of .100. He didn't make the trip to Lakeland. ... LHP Drew Smyly, a longshot for the Tigers vacant fifth starters spot, will pitch on Thursday in a minor league game. . Leyland said in his pregame conference that managing in the American League is more difficult than the National League. "In the National League, your decisions are already made," Leyland said. "In the American League you have some players who have fun with playing DH and others who want nothing to do with it. . The Tigers will have their only off-day of the spring season Thursday except for those who play in the minor league game. . There is no further word on the Cabrera's progress. He is expected to miss a week. There are no plans to put him on the disabled list. . Porcello went 5 2-3 innings, allowing one walk and one hit, and striking out six against the Washington Nationals' Triple-A team.

     
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    Minnesota Twins
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Denard Span, CF4010004 .355
        Matt Carson, RF1000000 .077
    Jamey Carroll, SS3000132 .156
        Brian Dozier, SS0000100 .273
    Danny Valencia, 3B4110003 .308
        Michael Hollimon, 3B1000001 .471
    Chris Parmelee, 1B5221004 .323
    Ryan Doumit, C2111100 .259
        Drew Butera, C1000010 .273
    Luke Hughes, DH3223111 .286
       a- Ray Chang, PH-DH1000000 .273
    Joe Benson, RF-CF4122100 .333
    Ben Revere, LF3000002 .355
        Brian Dinkelman, LF1000002 .286
    Alexi Casilla, 2B2010100 .355
        Pedro Florimon, 2B1000002 .176
    Totals36710765  
    a-flied out for Hughes in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Danny Valencia (3, Wilk)
    3B - Chris Parmelee (1, Wilk)
    HR - Luke Hughes (2, Oliver), Joe Benson (2, Wilk)
    SF - Ryan Doumit (1)
    RBI - Chris Parmelee (6), Ryan Doumit (2), Luke Hughes 3 (6), Joe Benson 2 (10)
    2-OUT RBI - Joe Benson 2 (4)
    SB - Luke Hughes (1, 2nd base off Oliver/Avila)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    DP - Hollimon-Florimon-Parmelee
    Minnesota Twins
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Liam Hendriks (W,2-0) 4422021 1.64
    Matt Maloney (H,4) 2100130 0.00
    Jeff Gray (H,3) 1000000 0.00
    Samuel Deduno (H,3) 1111100 3.00
    Casey Fien 1100000 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Liam Hendriks 22-20, Matt Maloney 17-13, Jeff Gray 3-3, Samuel Deduno 8-4, Casey Fien 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Liam Hendriks 3-7, Matt Maloney 1-2, Jeff Gray 2-1, Samuel Deduno 2-1, Casey Fien 1-1
    Batters Faced - Liam Hendriks 16, Matt Maloney 8, Jeff Gray 3, Samuel Deduno 5, Casey Fien 3
    Detroit Tigers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Austin Jackson, CF3120001 .282
        Tyler Collins, CF0100100 .000
    Brennan Boesch, RF2000113 .211
        Steven Moya, RF1010000 .333
    Clete Thomas, DH2001004 .237
       a- Zachary Maggard, PH-DH1001000 .000
    Prince Fielder, 1B3000010 .343
        Don Kelly, 1B1000001 .400
    Delmon Young, LF3111010 .472
        Quintin Berry, LF1000001 .333
    Alex Avila, C3000010 .241
        Omir Santos, C1000000 .231
    Jhonny Peralta, SS3000000 .267
        Dixon Machado, SS1010000 .333
    Brandon Inge, 3B2010010 .219
        Brent Dlugach, 3B2000001 .000
    Ramon Santiago, 2B2010001 .308
        Danny Worth, 2B1000000 .318
    Totals3237325  
    a-grounded out for Thomas in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Austin Jackson (2, Hendriks), Steven Moya (1, Deduno), Ramon Santiago (3, Maloney)
    HR - Delmon Young (5, Hendriks)
    SF - Clete Thomas (2)
    RBI - Clete Thomas (6), Zachary Maggard (1), Delmon Young (19)
    SB - Austin Jackson (2, 2nd base off Hendriks/Doumit)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    DP - Santiago-Peralta-Fielder
    E - Brandon Inge (1, Throwing)
    Detroit Tigers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Andrew Oliver (L,1-1) 3.2233511 2.13
    Adam Wilk 2.1644021 7.50
    Octavio Dotel 1200010 1.29
    Duane Below 1000100 5.19
    Daniel Schlereth 1000010 1.17
    Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Oliver 40-17, Adam Wilk 19-17, Octavio Dotel 7-7, Duane Below 7-3, Daniel Schlereth 5-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Oliver 8-2, Adam Wilk 2-3, Duane Below 1-2, Daniel Schlereth 1-1
    Batters Faced - Andrew Oliver 18, Adam Wilk 13, Octavio Dotel 5, Duane Below 4, Daniel Schlereth 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 8320
    Game Time - 2:55
    Temperature - 80
    Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Mark Carlson