Tigers present Pirates' Inge championship ring

Tigers present Pirates' Inge championship ring

DETROIT -- Thirteen months have passed since Brandon Inge's Tiger tenure ended, but his time in Detroit is still in people's memory. His old boss hasn't forgotten, either.

While the Pirates prepared for Monday's game, Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski stopped in for a visit. He had an American League championship ring to present to Inge, who played nine games as a Tiger last season before he was released.

Inge greatly appreciated the gesture.

The reception from fans as he stepped to the plate in the second inning showed fans haven't forgotten. His first at-bat at Comerica Park as a visiting player came with mostly cheers.

Inge spent most of last season with Oakland after the Tigers released him in late April, but was on the disabled list by the time the A's came to Detroit in September. He underwent shoulder surgery in mid-September and missed the postseason.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.