Detroit Tigers enjoying plenty of laughs during fun-filled spring training

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Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander, center, talks with Miguel Cabrera, right, as Tigers players gather outside their locker room while waiting for an exhibition spring training baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies to be called due to rain in Lakeland, Fla., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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"We had a theme — taco night — for a cookout," Chamberlain said. "We've done cookouts and stuff before, so we tried to mix it up and had a taco night."

So the Tigers are enjoying themselves, breaking up the monotony of baseball's preseason in whatever creative ways they can think of. Players have also been participating in a basketball shooting competition, which is tracked on a big bracket posted in the clubhouse.

There's already been plenty of trash talk about that. It's all healthy fun to an experienced team that has probably earned the benefit of the doubt as far as balancing preparation with laughter.

"It's baseball," Scherzer said. "If you're not smiling and having fun while you're getting better, you're not playing this game right."

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