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Three Reasons The Tigers Were Right About Inge

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Brandon Inge #15 of the Detroit Tigers rubs the dirt during the game against the Kansas City Royals on July 7, 2011. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Brandon Inge #15 of the Detroit Tigers rubs the dirt during the game against the Kansas City Royals on July 7, 2011. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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By: Pat Caputo

1. They kept Inge because he hit left-handers well late last season and during the postseason. Monday, Inge’s two-run home run off lefty Danny Duffy provided the Tigers with a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Duffy was throwing extremly hard, in the high 90s.

2. Inge’s poor batting average in spring training was meaningless. Spring training statistics always are. Inge earned another look based on how he performed in September (.324 batting average) and in the postseason (.929 OPS).

3. Without Inge, it’s highly unlikely the Tigers would have won Monday. Even if Inge falters from here on, and is eventually designated for assignment, keeping him coming out of spring training proved worth it because of Monday’s victory.

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