April 8th, 2011

Home opener: Tigers vs. Royals

Even as Detroit home openers go, this weather is pretty bad. It’s a steady, heavy rain coming down as of 11 a.m. on a cold, damp morning. A look at the radar, though, suggests it should clear out early this afternoon. Doesn’t mean it’ll be a beautiful day, but it’ll be playable, and it won’t be winter.

This weekend? Nice.

You might remember Jim Leyland was weighing Boesch or Raburn in the starting lineup today. Boesch is 3-for-9 against Royals starter Kyle Davies, while Raburn is 7-for-14. In the end, it appears Boesch’s hitting this week won out. He’s in left field, with Raburn on the bench.

The rest of the starting lineup:


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Will Rhymes, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Brennan Boesch, LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Brandon Inge, 3B

P: Max Scherzer