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“It just feels like I left the iron on,” he said. “For me, it’s a weird feeling, and I don’t like that feeling.”

Cabrera won the MVP last year, and Verlander nearly took his second straight Cy Young Award. Fielder teamed up with those two to lead the Tigers to the World Series.

Once there, he went 1 for 14 _ but he wasn’t the only Tiger who struggled. Detroit was shut out twice, had the third-lowest batting average in Series history at .159 and was swept by San Francisco.

“To lose the World Series, you’ve got to get there,” Fielder said. “Disappointed by the loss, but we still achieved something great.”

Hoping for their first title since 1984, the have added outfielder Torii Hunter. Designated hitter Victor Martinez is back after missing the whole 2012 season with a knee injury.

That means Fielder still shouldn’t have to do anything special. If he’s his usual self with the bat, the Tigers can score plenty.

“I thought he made a great transition last year _ to come over here with all the expectations and everything,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. “I think he might be even more comfortable this year.”

Notes: Leyland stated the obvious before the workout, announcing Verlander as his opening day starter. … Leyland also said he’s not going to spend too much time harping on the competition for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation. RHP Rick Porcello and LHP Drew Smyly are vying for that role. “I’m not going to give a day-by-day running of the Porcello-Smyly situation,” Leyland said. The same holds true for prospect Bruce Rondon’s attempt to become the team’s closer. “I think the best way to deal with all these things is to just wait and see and let it play out,” Leyland said.