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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.


  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


  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

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.”

Thursday: Tigers at Orioles

UPDATE: Luke Scott took batting practice Thursday and returned to the Orioles lineup, batting fifth. Suffice to say, that’ll be an adjustment for the Tigers.

Ramon Santiago gets the start at shortstop instead of second. Jim Leyland gives Magglio Ordonez the night off ahead of Opening Day on Friday. Ryan Raburn starts in left field for the first time this series. Jhonny Peralta gets a regular day off, as does Brandon Inge in favor of Don Kelly at third.


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

P: Brad Penny


  1. Brian Roberts, 2B
  2. Nick Markakis, RF
  3. Derrek Lee, 1B
  4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
  5. Luke Scott, LF
  6. Adam Jones, CF
  7. Mark Reynolds, 3B
  8. Matt Wieters, C
  9. J.J. Hardy, SS

P: Chris Tillman

Saturday: Tigers vs. Twins

Ramon Santiago is at second base for what could be Jeremy Bonderman’s final start in Detroit as a Tiger, but manager Jim Leyland says it isn’t any reaction to the miscues at second base from Scott Sizemore (not an error) and Will Rhymes (was an error) last night. Rather, Santiago is 3-for-7 lifetime off Carl Pavano. Thus, Santiago gets his first start since Monday and just his fourth start in the last 19 days.


  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Kelly, LF
  3. Damon, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Peralta, SS
  6. Boesch, RF
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, 2B

P: Jeremy Bonderman


  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, DH
  6. Danny Valencia, 3B
  7. J.J. Hardy, SS
  8. Jason Repko, RF
  9. Drew Butera, C

P: Carl Pavano

Inge, Santiago happy for St. Pierre

Brandon Inge has been in the Tigers system since Detroit drafted him in 1998. Ramon Santiago signed that summer and made his way to the states the next year. The only player still in the system who predates them is Max St. Pierre, who was a teammate of Santiago in the Tigers farm system and went to Spring Training alongside Inge just about every year.

So when they found out Tuesday night that St. Pierre had been recalled, it was big news for them.
“That’s awesome of the organization right there,” Inge said. “It’s really cool when you reward a guy who has worked his tail off for that many years. Just for his determination, his persistence, just to tough it out, I’m very pleased for him to get up here and get a little piece of the pie and for the organization for sticking with a guy like that and giving him a reward.
“That’s a great story. I’m so happy.”
Inge said he was proud of the organization as well as the player for sticking it out with each other, including a reunion a few years ago after St. Pierre left for a season to try to see if he could make it elsewhere.
“It’s an amazing story. He’s been playing for a long time,” Santiago said. “He played most every day with me when I was down in the minor leagues. I’m really happy for him.”
For what it’s worth, when Tigers president/general manager confirmed the news Tuesday night, he mentioned that they had come close to calling him up a couple different times in recent years. The circumstances, he said, just never worked out.

Saturday: Tigers vs. White Sox

Friday’s lineup was posted on the door leading from the clubhouse to the dugout steps. Saturday’s lineup was posted on the wall. If the Tigers win tonight, I’m guessing Sunday’s lineup will be posted on the wall as well. Anything to break up the skid. These are the nuances of baseball superstition.

As far as changes to the lineup itself, Jhonny Peralta gets a day off. Ramon Santiago starts at shortstop.


  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Boesch, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, 2B
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Raburn, LF
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, SS

P: Rick Porcello


  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Omar Vizquel, 3B
  3. Alex Rios, CF
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Mark Teahen, DH
  6. Carlos Quentin, RF
  7. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  8. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

P: Edwin Jackson

Monday: Tigers vs. Rays

Jim Leyland gets into a stretch now and then where he doesn’t want to answer questions about his lineup, in part because he knows the questions that are going to come up. He was like that last week when Brandon Inge came back from the disabled list and the question of Jhonny Peralta’s role at shortstop came up. He was like that today, when he put Ramon Santiago at designated hitter.

This will be Santiago’s first Major League game at DH, and the Tigers’ 10th different DH this season. Santiago will have as many games at DH this year as Miguel Cabrera.
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Santiago, DH
  3. Raburn, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, 2B
  6. Peralta, SS
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Frazier, LF
  9. Laird, C
P: Armando Galarraga
  1. John Jaso, C
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  3. Carl Crawford, LF
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Manny Aybar, DH
  6. Dan Johnson, 1B
  7. Matt Joyce, RF
  8. B.J. Upton, CF
  9. Jason Bartlett, SS
P: David Pirce

Sunday: Tigers vs. Red Sox

When we left manager Jim Leyland early Sunday morning, he was toying with the idea of starting Danny Worth at second base for this game. A few hours later, he followed through on it, putting Worth at second and batting him ninth.

Worth didn’t know he was starting when he got into the clubhouse.

“I don’t even know where the lineup is,” Worth said.

It will be a day with three rookies in the Tigers lineup, but not the reigning AL Rookie of the Month. Austin Jackson is getting a rare day off, replaced in center by Don Kelly and at leadoff by Johnny Damon. Ramon Santiago will bat second.


  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Santiago, SS
  3. Ordonez, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Kelly, CF
  8. Avila, C
  9. Worth, 2B

P: Armando Galarraga


  1. Marco Scutaro, SS
  2. Jeremy Hermida, LF
  3. J.D. Drew, RF
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Mike Lowell, 3B
  7. Jason Varitek, C
  8. Bill Hall, 2B
  9. Jonathan Van Every, CF

P: John Lackey

Tuesday: Tigers vs. Twins

While the Twins were sound asleep in their team hotel, the Tigers arrived back home from Texas around 3:30 this morning for their big AL Central clash tonight. Still, a lot of them were here around the time they’d normally be at the park anyway, ready to go to work.

“Just getting back here felt awesome, even if it was at 4 o’clock in the morning,” Alex Avila said today.

Adam Everett remains day-to-day with his right hamstring strain, so Ramon Santiago is in the starting lineup once again. Everything else is pretty standard for Detroit’s lineup.

On the Twins’ side, you’ll notice Delmon Young and Jim Thome in at DH against Justin Verlander. Thome’s numbers off Verlander took a dive last year, when he went 1-for-6 with two walks and four strikeouts in two games. That one hit, however, was a home run, giving him seven homers out of 10 hits in 41 at-bats lifetime off Verlander.


  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Inge, 3B
  6. Raburn, LF
  7. Laird, C
  8. Sizemore, 2B
  9. Santiago, SS

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  6. Jason Kubel, LF
  7. Jim Thome, DH
  8. J.J. Hardy, SS
  9. Brendan Harris, 3B

P: Francisco Liriano

Why Santiago hit with game on the line

I talked about this in my game story on the Tigers site, but I figured the question’s going to come up: If Johnny Damon was going to pinch-hit in the ninth inning, why not have him hit for Ramon Santiago rather than Gerald Laird?

I asked Jim Leyland about it after the game. If Damon bats in Santiago’s place and draws a walk, it loads the bases for Gerald Laird with Alex Avila and Adam Everett as the remaining two hitters on the bench. And there was a good reason to lean against sending up Avila in that situation.

“I wanted a veteran guy up there,” Leyland said. “That’s why I hit Damon
[for Laird] instead of Avila. I just thought the veteran guy would take
closer pitches for balls. I felt comfortable with Santi. If I hit
Damon [for him], they might walk him, and then I hit Avila for Laird.”

I think it says a lot of what Leyland thinks of Santiago as a hitter, and with good reason. He’s 30 years old now with more than 1,400 Major League plate appearances under his belt.