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PIrates sign veteran infielder Brandon Inge

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Brandon Inge spent most of last year with the A's after being released by the Tigers.

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed infielder Brandon Inge.

Inge, who played catcher, infield and outfield for the Detroit Tigers, agreed to a minor league contract on Wednesday and received in invitation to spring training.

Inge, 35, was released by Detroit after just nine games last season, and was signed by Oakland. He hit .226 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs in 74 games for the Athletics, as they advanced to the postseason.

Originally selected by Detroit in the second round of the 1998 draft, Inge made his debut with the Tigers in 2001, and was an American League All-Star in 2009. Inge has a .234 career average, with 151 home runs, 641 RBIs and 1,147 hits.

The Pirates now have 61 players in major league camp.

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