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Inge relaxed in new setting with A's

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla -- Released by the Tigers after wearing the Olde English D for more than 11 seasons, Brandon Inge is determined to take the high road in his new role as an aging veteran with the rookie-laden Oakland A's.

But the 34-year-old infielder can't help but believe he will enjoy the last laugh in his new surroundings.

"I laugh at all those people who said I was done," Inge said Friday. "It cracks me up. It makes me laugh.

"I don't want to make excuses, but all I needed was the opportunity to play every day. That's what I'm getting here. I feel better than I have in three or four years. My body. My swing. Everything.

"I love it here, I absolutely love it. It's so laid back. But it's a confident laid back. There's no pressure. No worries. I don't feel old. These guys make me feel young. I like it."

An added benefit is the fact that Inge's favorite tattoo artist resides in the Oakland area. "My whole body might be tatted up now," he said.

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ST. Full Game Coverage PETERSBURG, Fla -- Released by the Tigers after wearing the Olde English D for more than 11 seasons, Brandon Inge is determined to take the high road in his new role as an aging veteran with the rookie-laden Oakland A's.

But the 34-year-old infielder can't help but believe he will enjoy the last laugh in his new surroundings.

"I laugh at all those people who said I was done," Inge said Friday. "It cracks me up. It makes me laugh.

"I don't want to make excuses, but all I needed was the opportunity to play every day. That's what I'm getting here. I feel better than I have in three or four years. My body. My swing. Everything.

"I love it here, I absolutely love it. It's so laid back. But it's a confident laid back. There's no pressure. No worries. I don't feel old. These guys make me feel young. I like it."

An added benefit is the fact that Inge's favorite tattoo artist resides in the Oakland area. "My whole body might be tatted up now," he said.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.