May 28th, 2011

Rained out. Again.

Once again, the Tigers have a rainout on their schedule. This time, they won’t lose an off-day for a makeup game, but they’ll have a long holiday weekend of baseball on their hands.

Saturday’s game against the Red Sox will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader. The first game was begin as scheduled at 1:05pm ET. The makeup game will be a 7:05 start.

Unfortunately for those planning to watch at home, that Justin Verlander rematch opposite Josh Beckett is now going to go on without the cameras. Saturday’s scheduled starters, Andy Oliver and Clay Buchholz, will start Sunday’s afternoon tilt, which will be on FSN Detroit and TBS. Verlander and Beckett have been pushed back to the nightcap, which won’t be on television because it falls within ESPN’s exclusive window for its Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.

Saturday: Tigers vs. Red Sox

Well, if Ryan Raburn’s season starts today, as manager Jim Leyland famously stated, then happy Opening Day.

Raburn is indeed at second base, as expected. However, he is further down in the order, batting eighth.

“I want to back off Raburn a little bit, let him relax,” Leyland said.

Meanwhile, Andy Dirks moves up to second because, as Leyland put it, they don’t really have any other realistic options. He doesn’t want to move Avila up, and second wouldn’t make sense for him anyway.

TIGERS

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

P: Andy Oliver

RED SOX

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Jed Lowrie, SS
  7. Carl Crawford, LF
  8. Mike Cameron, RF
  9. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

P: Clay Buchholz

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