Prince Fielder has his greeting planned for Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum today.

"Definitely he's going to get the Fielder bear hug," Fielder said. "He's a good friend of mine."

Sveum and Fielder spent the previous six years together in Milwaukee -- Fielder as a power-hitting first baseman and Sveum as a coach and, for one distinctive and brief stretch, the manager.

They will oppose each other for the first time tonight in the opener of a three-game interleague series. It is the Tigers' first visit to Wrigley Field since they swept three games there in 2006. That was Fielder's rookie year in Milwaukee and the year Sveum joined the Brewers' coaching staff.