Tigers readying lineup for early-season NL foes

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Victor Martinez, right, will see some time at first base while Miguel Cabrera, left, will play third.

Lakeland, Fla. -- Two of the Tigers first three series of the season – at Miami and Pittsburgh – will be played under National League rules – no designated hitter.

With that in mind, manager Brad Ausmus will give Miguel Cabrera some work at third base, probably next week. That will allow him to start designated hitter Victor Martinez at first base in those series.

“We couldn’t do that last year because Victor couldn’t play first base,” Ausmus said, referencing Martinez’s knee issues last season. “If Victor is swinging like Victor, which he seems to be, we don’t really want his bat out of the lineup.”

Martinez will get some work at first base later this week, possibly during the two-game trip to Jupiter, Friday and Saturday, against the Cardinals and Marlins.

Cabrera has played 696 games at third base, including all of the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

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