Tigers star Miguel Cabrera played the field for the first time this spring, doing fine at first base as Detroit beat the Miami Marlins 8-4 Wednesday in Lakeland, Fla.

Cabrera had been limited to designated hitter duty while recovering from ankle surgery.

Cabrera made a diving stop on a hard grounder by former teammate Don Kelly and threw from the ground for the out at first. Cabrera also fielded a bases-loaded grounder and threw home for a forceout.

"I'm just glad to back on the field playing first base," Cabrera said. "I can play defense, and I want to be back at first. I'm seeing the ball, getting my timing down. It's a good sign."

The former Triple Crown winner went 0-for-2.

Where's the park?

Some pitchers have trouble finding the plate. Edwin Jackson of the Cubs had a much bigger problem: He couldn't find the ballpark.

Jackson missed his spring training start Tuesday against the A's when he drove to the wrong stadium. He said he typed "Oakland Athletics spring training complex" into the Google Maps app on his phone and it directed him to Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Oakland, however, no longer plays there. The A's are about 5 miles away at Hohokam Stadium.

"It was my fault for not looking to see where it was," Jackson said.


•New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler has had Tommy John surgery, which likely will sideline him until late next spring. Wheeler, 24, was 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA and 187 strikeouts last year, when he threw a career-high 185⅓ innings.

•Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart is being investigated by Major League Baseball for online comments he may have made about gambling. The 24-year-old Cosart deleted his Twitter account Tuesday after screen shots of comments he purportedly made to a gambling expert were published on the social media site.

•Third baseman Anthony Rendon might miss the Nationals' opener against the Mets because of a sprained left knee. Rendon hasn't played since March 9. Rendon hit .287 with 21 homers last year, when he finished fifth in MVP voting.