With Fielder gone, Brewers look at Gamel at 1B

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Prince Fielder's departure from Milwaukee is Mat Gamel's big break.

The 26-year-old converted third baseman is slated to become the Brewers' starting first baseman this season.

Gamel says he isn't trying to replace Fielder. "I'm just trying to come do what I do."

So far this spring training, he's looked promising.

Gamel was drafted as a third baseman, but moved to first base last year for two reasons: He wasn't a particularly good defensive third baseman and Milwaukee was preparing for the possibility of Fielder leaving as a free agent after the 2011 season.

With Fielder in Detroit, first base is Gamel's job to lose.