June 11th, 2011

Friday: Tigers vs. Mariners

As advertised, Ryan Raburn is out of the lineup tonight, with Ramon Santiago getting the start at second against Mariners rookie phenom Michael Pineda. Interestingly enough, Don Kelly stays in the two spot in the order with Santiago batting at the bottom. We’ll see how much of a difference it makes, the way Pineda is pitching. If he’s on, I get a feeling there isn’t much the Tigers can do about it but try to manufacture some offense. If he’s wild, which he hasn’t been as often lately, then Detroit’s going to have some scoring opportunities.

That, of course, is what made Friday’s loss a difficult one for the Tigers. Win that, and these matchups with Pineda and King Felix look a little less imposing. Now, you’re looking at having to win one of these next two games to get a split. For what it’s worth, it’s doable; the White Sox did it earlier this week. Of course, Seattle scored one run in each of those two games.

TIGERS

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

P: Max Scherzer

MARINERS

  1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  2. Brendan Ryan, SS
  3. Justin Smoak, 1B
  4. Adam Kennedy, 2B
  5. Miguel Olivo, C
  6. Carlos Peguero, LF
  7. Mike Carp, DH
  8. Chone Figgins, 3B
  9. Greg Halman, CF

P: Michael Pineda

Magglio homers for Hens

Magglio Ordonez homered for the first time in his Minor League rehab assignment Friday night, delivering a two-run shot in the third inning for Triple-A Toledo against Gwinnett. It was the second extra-base hit of the rehab stint for Ordonez, who also walked twice. He improved to 7-for-28 (.250) in eight games for the Mud Hens.

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