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Joba Chamberlain said the much-photographed smiley-face tattoo surrounding the surgical scar from his Tommy John surgery dates back to last year. "I thought about it and I'd seen what everybody else had done, so I wanted to do something different," Chamberlain said. "I always try to turn a negative into a positive."

• The Tigers used a unique defensive shift against some of the Yankees' left-handed power hitters Friday, shifting third baseman Don Kelly into short right field while keeping the rest of the infield as is. It was the first strong defensive shift for Detroit, which added a defensive coordinator this offseason as part of Ausmus' staff.

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