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Worth noting

• Expect the Tigers to take it easy on Tuesday's off-day. By rule, the team can't call for a workout anyway, but manager Jim Leyland expects it to be a easy day.

"I think it's a good day if you use common sense," Leyland said. "It's a good day to kind of relax. It's a good day to maybe get some things touched up before the home opener, make sure you have your ticket requests and your family's there and reservations and all that stuff. I think it's a good day to kind of clean up on that stuff so you have a little less to do."

Leyland, whose wife and daughter are in Italy this week, has a pretty relaxing day planned.

"Personally, I'm going to go buy a sweater tomorrow," he said. "I packed one, but I wore it a couple of times already. Tomorrow will be a little boring, but you make the best of it."

• The Tigers opened the season with a payroll of $148,414,500, according to figures listed by USA Today. That total does not include the $377,049 paid to Brennan Boesch upon his release in mid-March. Add that in, and the payroll checks in at just under $148.8 million, just outside the top five in baseball. The Angels are fifth, at about $148.9 million, when including the share of the recently traded Vernon Wells.

• Avisail Garcia is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a bruised right heel, according to Leyland. Garcia remained in Florida and could play in some extended spring training games shortly before reporting to Triple-A Toledo.

"I think he's on a faster pace than we thought," Leyland said.

• Torii Hunter received a rousing ovation from the crowd at Target Field during pregame introductions and again as he stepped to the plate for his first at-bat as a Tiger. Hunter, who spent his first 11 seasons as a Twin before leaving as a free agent for the Angels after the 2007 season, was a fan favorite during Minnesota's run of division titles.

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason.
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