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Damp weather forces Tigers back indoors


LAKELAND, Fla. -- A second consecutive day of damp, dreary weather forced the Tigers indoors for much of their first full-squad workout on Friday morning. The only real activity outside took place on the bullpen mounds at the back of Tigertown, where pitchers threw their scheduled side sessions.

That was a sign of progress over Thursday, when pitchers had to throw in the batting cages. With hitters now taking part in workouts, the cages are busy, though pitchers did use them to work on pitchouts. Miguel Cabrera also used the cages to work on ground balls with infield coach Rafael Belliard.

New third-base coach Tom Brookens used the day to get an early jump on teaching signs. That usually doesn't take place until later in camp, when the roster has been whittled down.

"You make the best out of a rainy day," Leyland said. "The whole key to it is the cooperation of players, and they were great. Everybody knew where they were supposed to be and did what they were supposed to do. Hopefully, tomorrow we'll be on the fields."

The forecast calls for dry weather into the middle of next week, though the next few days will be cooler than they have been.

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