What we learned: Brandon Inge can pick it at second base.
What to remember from Game 1: That lingering doubt that Inge could make the shift from third base to second at age 34 with more bulk than before (and I admit, I had it coming in) is hurting right now. On Friday, Jim Leyland said that from everything he’s seen, Inge will play second base fine. On Saturday, Inge went out and made two outstanding plays up the middle — one a diving catch, the other a nice scoop and shovel flip behind second base. Whether Inge makes it now rides on whether he hits; his fielding is no question.
Hey, it’s only spring training: The Tigers took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, which sounds great until you consider how many pitchers combined to do it. When the Marlins no-hit the Tigers on March 23, 2009 at Joker Marchant Stadium, Ricky Nolasco flat-out dominated them for seven innings, though the Tigers lineup still hadn’t gotten back Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen from the World Baseball Classic at that point.
How much suspense was there about Saturday’s no-hit bid? Not enough to keep most of the starters around to battle Disney traffic once they were out of the game.
The highlight play you may have missed: Clete Thomas wants back on the Tigers roster, and the Tigers still think highly of him. His acrobatic catch while flipping over the bullpen fence in the first inning, and his running catch into foul territory in left field later, were good signs for somebody less than two years separated from microfracture surgery on his knee.
Non-game note of the day: The Tigers sold more than 66,000 tickets on Saturday, the first day single-game tickets went on sale. Online sales accounted for a good amount of them, but there were more than a thousand fans waiting in line on a snowy, windy Saturday morning for their first big reason to look ahead to spring.