What to expect in Thursday’s lineup
Brennan Boesch earned his fourth straight start Wednesday, and there’s a chance he’ll be in the lineup again for Thursday’s series finale. That seemed more likely before Wednesday’s game than after.
Before the game, manager Jim Leyland talked about using Victor Martinez as catcher Thursday and giving Alex Avila a day off ahead of Friday’s home opener. Then Avila went out and had a three-hit, five-RBI game that included a mammoth two-run homer, an equally impressive two-run double, and the kind of confidence boost he arguably needed.
“If I don’t catch [Avila] tomorrow,” Leyland said, “I’m sending a bad message. It would still be all right to go that way, really, because we’re going to catch him tomorrow night and then the home opener is a day game, which he’s going to catch. But after tonight, I’ve got to play him.”
Ryan Raburn will play for sure, Leyland said, because he hasn’t started the first couple games of the series. Ramon Santiago will get the start at second. Leyland said he isn’t sure whether he’ll start Magglio Ordonez for the night game before their day game in Detroit.