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Cabrera, Tigers Downplay Infield Shakeup

Mar 04, 2012 8:13 AM EST

The Tigers are downplaying any growing pains as they establish their new infield setup this spring.

Miguel Cabrera has shifted to third with the signing of Prince Fielder. Brandon Inge played second base on Saturday.

"If you read what I said for the last day or two," Jim Leyland said, "I said I didn't think defense was going to be an issue."

Cabrera seemed cranky about the topic before Detroit's first exhibition game.

"It's not a challenge," he insisted. "They asked me to do it. You've got to be flexible. We're here to win games. The challenge is something we want to do to win games."

Via Tim Brown/Yahoo! Sports