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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A baseball closer usually comes on the hold onto the win in the ninth. But Detroit's Miguel Cabrera got a chance to duel with Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel — in the third inning. Of course it was spring training Friday and the Triple Crown winner grounded out against Kimbrel.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Justin and B.J. Upton made their Atlanta spring training debuts and were hitless in four at-bats. The brothers scooted out of the clubhouse before the media was allowed in. The Uptons are part of a new era for the Braves, who must replace retired third baseman Chipper Jones, a stalwart for nearly two decades in the middle of the order.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kurt Busch is hoping to make another fresh start, signing with Furniture Row Racing for 2013. He will start 11th in Sunday's Daytona 500. Busch has long mixed combustible behavior with checkered flag contention.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn's coaching staff approaches spring practice with plenty of question marks. One that likely won't be fully resolved this spring is who's the starting quarterback for next season. Returning passers Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace will be joined by three signees in preseason camp, taking it from a two-man race to a five-quarterback derby.

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