May 16th, 2009

Saturday: Tigers vs. A's

Worth noting how much more comfortable Raburn looks at the plate and in the field lately. He has settled in a bit after that nightmare of a series against the Angels and the miscue against the Indians. He’ll be in LF tonight.

“I think he was putting a lot of presure on himself,” Leyland said, “and I think now he’s ready to do what he’s capable of doing.”

TIGERS

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Thomas, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Ordonez, DH
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Raburn, LF
  8. Laird, C
  9. Everett, SS

P: Rick Porcello

ATHLETICS

  1. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  2. Kurt Suzuki, C
  3. Jack Cust, DH
  4. Matt Holliday, LF
  5. Jason Giambi, 1B
  6. Adam Kennedy, 2B
  7. Ryan Sweeney, CF
  8. Bobby Crosby, 3B
  9. Travis Buck, RF

P: Dallas Braden

Guillen begins swinging a bat

Carlos Guillen said his aching right shoulder felt much better Saturday, good enough that he was expected to start hitting off a tee as he begins baseball activities.

Guillen, on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation, has been doing strenghtening exercises on his shoulder. Still no timetable for when he might be back, but the fact that he’s swinging a bat again should accelerate the process quite a bit.

Magglio to miss 2-3 games next week

Magglio Ordonez is expected to miss next week’s three-game series against the Rangers to tend to a personal matter, manager Jim Leyland said Saturday.

Ordonez will play Saturday and Sunday against the A’s, then will be away from the team. Leyland indicated he could be back on Thursday, but probably not in time for the afternoon game against Texas.

Neither Ordonez nor the Tigers would get into specifics about the reason at this time. Ordonez said he would not be traveling home to Venezuela.

“I’ll be staying around here,” Ordonez said.

The absence comes at a time when Ordonez is starting to heat up at the plate following his slow start. He entered Saturday’s game against Oakland on a six-game hitting streak, during which he was 9-for-22. The latest was a three-hit game Friday that included his third double in the last five games after he went without one for the first 29 contests.

The streak raised Ordonez’s average on the season to .258 with two home runs and 16 RBIs, a far drop from his numbers the past two seasons but better than his .241 average in April.

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