DETROIT -- Getting back the way he used to give, Brandon Inge fell victim to a gumball ambush by his former Tigers teammates during Monday's game at Comerica Park.
Showering guys -- both on his team and the other -- with gumballs was a favorite of prankster Inge, and he got some of his own medicine while playing third base, within easy reach of the Tigers' dugout.
To hear Inge tell it, the pelters -- Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera among them -- were getting more on the gumballs than Justin Verlander was getting on his pitches.
A late addition to the lineup when Starling Marte withdrew because of migraine symptoms, Inge got to face Verlander for the first time after having played behind him for years.
"He's pretty good," Inge deadpanned. "I remember his fastball being a lot faster than that. Of course, it was 100 [mph] back then. I really saw only two fastballs. I think he was scared of me, so he threw me all offspeed stuff."
Inge went hitless in three at-bats against Verlander, with two of the ace's 13 strikeouts.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.