August 19th, 2011

Friday: Tigers vs. Indians

Jim Leyland offered up his reasons today for his lineup choices. Wilson Betemit starts at third over Don Kelly because he’s 7-for-15 with two home runs off Josh Tomlin. Ryan Raburn starts at second because of the other starting pitcher: Max Scherzer is more of a fly ball and strikeout pitcher, rather than someone who relies on ground balls, so Leyland opted for offense at second base. That’s an exception to Leyland’s usual preference.

“If there’s ever a situation where the offensive part is even, whether it’s Betemit, Kelly, Raburn, Santiago or whatever, normally, I’ll play the better defender,” Leyland said Friday afternoon.

Look for more on Leyland explaining some of his lineup decisions in the notes tonight.


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

P: Max Scherzer


  1. Michael Brantley, LF
  2. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  4. Travis Hafner, DH
  5. Carlos Santana, C
  6. Kosuke Fukudome, CF
  7. Matt LaPorta, 1B
  8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
  9. Luis Valbuena, 2B

P: Josh Tomlin


Alburquerque out at least another week

Friday marks one week since Al Alburquerque took a line drive off his head during batting practice and went on the seven-day concussion disabled list. But while though he’s now eligible to be activated, the word from the Tigers medical staff is that he won’t be ready for at least another week.

Alburquerque was examined by an MLB-certified specialist on Friday, which he has to be before he can be cleared to play again. The word from the specialist is that he’s still showing mild symptoms, so he was certified to remain on the concussion DL.

“He feels still just a slight bit of pain in front of his ear,” head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said, “and it’s enough that it’s cause for concern. In this day and age, there’s a lot of research out there.”