June 10th, 2011

Leyland to sit pressing Raburn this weekend

For any hitter this season, Mariners rookie Michael Pineda seems to be a handful. For someone like Ryan Raburn, coming off a three-strikeout night against Seattle southpaw Erik Bedard, it has the potential for something worse than an effort in futility.

Thus, after Ramon Santiago pinch-hit for Raburn with the potential tying run on base in the ninth inning Friday, manager Jim Leyland announced he’ll sit Raburn on Saturday against Pineda, and possibly Sunday against Felix Hernandez.

“I think he’s pressing a little bit and trying to get in a groove with his swing and probably putting extra pressure on himself,” Leyland said. “So I’m going to get him out of there tomorrow and get him away from it for maybe a couple days. We’ll see what happens. I don’t think there’s any question he’s fighting himself.”

Friday: Tigers vs. Mariners

Ichiro (Am I the only writer who still goes by one name when writing about him?) is 4-for-9 off of Tigers starter Brad Penny. But he’s also mired in a 13-for-87 (.149) slump, which has dropped his season average from .303 on May 18 to .252 now. According to MLB.com Mariners reporter Greg Johns, it’s his lowest batting average ever at this point in a season. So M’s manager Eric Wedge is giving Ichiro a day off, ending his streak of 255 consecutive starts.

Taking Ichiro’s place in right field for the night is Carlos Peguero. When rumors were building two years ago about the Mariners possibly trying to trade for Curtis Granderson, Peguero’s name generated some buzz, at least in media circles.

TIGERS

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

P: Brad Penny

MARINERS

  1. Chone Figgins, 3B
  2. Brendan Ryan, SS
  3. Justin Smoak, 1B
  4. Jack Cust, DH
  5. Adam Kennedy, 2B
  6. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
  7. Carlos Peguero, RF
  8. Greg Halman, LF
  9. Chris Gimenez, C

P: Erik Bedard

When two triples happen to Tigers catchers

Our Tigers associate reporter, Chris Vannini, has the story on Alex Avila’s two-triple night. Here’s the rundown on the feat, courtesy of baseball-reference.com:

  • It’s the third time since at least 1919 that a Tigers catcher has had two triples in a game. Brad Ausmus was the last to do it, that one coming July 6, 1999. Lance Parrish was the other, doing it Sept. 27, 1980. Both games were at Tiger Stadium, and both were against the Yankees.
  • The last Tigers player at any position to have two triples in a game was Curtis Granderson. He had four of them in a Detroit uniform, the last of them at Texas on Aug. 18, 2008.
  • Avila is just the 18th Major League catcher with at a two-triple game, and just the third in the last 10 years.
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