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Wednesday: Tigers vs. Rangers

Ryan Raburn is 6-for-9 with two home runs lifetime off of Rangers starter Matt Harrison. That, plus Carlos Guillen’s 0-for-4 history and his playing time the last few weeks, explains why Raburn is at second base tonight.

TIGERS

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

P: Doug Fister

RANGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Elvis Andrus, SS
  3. Josh Hamilton, CF
  4. Michael Young, 3B
  5. Nelson Cruz, RF
  6. Mitch Moreland, DH
  7. Mike Napoli, 1B
  8. David Murphy, LF
  9. Yorvit Torrealba, C

P: Matt Harrison

Monday: Tigers at White Sox

Back to work for me, and back to third base for Ryan Raburn. He hasn’t started there since 2009, though he was an in-game substitution there twice last year.

Why Raburn, you ask? Well, he’s heating up at the plate, and though his 6-for-26 numbers off Mark Buehrle aren’t that impressive, his two home runs against him are. Wilson Betemit, by comparison, is 1-for-6 with four strikeouts against Buehrle.

TIGERS

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

P: Duane Below

WHITE SOX

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

P: Mark Buehrle

Leyland on Raburn: “He’s pressing”

Ryan Raburn has established a pattern over the past month, ever since getting his average back over the .200 mark on June 4. He’ll hit his way close to .210, fall back to around .200, and then hit again. He has been up and down about three times now.

His average is now back at .201 after his 0-for-3 performance Friday night before Don Kelly pinch-hit for him in the ninth, and he’s in an 0-for-10 slump. His manager, meanwhile, is trying again to get him to loosen up.

“It’s obviously at the stage now where he’s pressing,” Jim Leyland said after Friday’s loss to Arizona. “I talked with him today. We had a good chat today, and I think he’s obviously pressing at this point.”

As Leyland pointed out, his 0-for-3 really had next to nothing to do with the way Friday’s loss unfolded, though his error certainly didn’t help. Still, if Raburn’s in a slump, the question about his role is certain to come up.

Raburn started all six games on the Tigers’ recent Interleague road trip, in part because his ability to shift from second base to left field made him an easy double-switch maneuver. It also allowed Leyland to insert Ramon Santiago in the middle of a game where he saw fit, as he did quite a bit on the road without a DH. Now that the Tigers are back to American League normalcy, it’ll be interesting to see how the mix changes.

Santiago’s switch-hitting bat and sure glove could be back into a mix. Don Kelly is back at utility work, as you might have heard, but he literally hasn’t played a single inning at second base since 2009. Danny Worth, of course, is back at Toledo. Will Rhymes, the opening day starter at second base for Detroit, is batting .294 with the Hens with one good small-ball numbers, though he has been struggling lately.

Wednesday: Tigers vs. Indians

Maggio replaces Dirks in the sixth spot against Carmona, whose lefty-righty splits aren’t nearly as big as those of Justin Masterson. Jhonny Peralta returns to short, while Ramon Santiago shuffles over to second base.

Interesting comments from Jim Leyland today on Ryan Raburn, whose struggles have seemingly taken him from starting second baseman status to a platoon partner with Santiago. He talked about Raburn with a hint that the Tigers’ patience may be running low.

“I think you just ride it out until you make some kind of decision — play him more, play him less, whatever,” Leyland said. “I mean, we hit extra, we do all the things that everybody else does, so there’s no secret formula for it. Just keep working at it and hope he catches fire. If he doesn’t, you play somebody else.

“What I’ve seen up to now, I’ve seen some [signs] where you get pretty optimistic, and then you have a setback. It’s like the old two steps forward, one back once in a while, it seems like. But he hasn’t been taking that many steps forward, quite truthfully. Hopefully he will.”

TIGERS

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

P: Brad Penny

INDIANS

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Carlos Santana, 1B
  3. Michael Brantley, LF
  4. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  5. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  6. Matt LaPorta, DH
  7. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
  8. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  9. Lou Marson, C

P: Fausto Carmona

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

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.”

Ryan Raburn and track records

Teammates congratulate Ryan Raburn (Getty Images)If you read the site — not the blog, the Tigers site — you might have seen the Tigers notes from last Sunday on Ryan Raburn’s slow start and how it compares to previous seasons, especially last year and the similarity of his batting average to this year day to day.

After Raburn hit a grand slam this Sunday to help beat the White Sox, Jim Leyland went to the comparison himself.

“Check what he was hitting last year in May,” Leyland said. “I’m not sure, but I don’t think it was real good. I said the other day I think he’s starting to come around, and I believe it.”

Chronologically, he’s right. As mentioned in last Sunday’s notes, Raburn owned a .186 average on May 29 of last year thanks to a 1-for-22 slump. His .195 average on May 29 this year doesn’t look quite so bad in comparison.

The difference is the number of at-bats. He’s pretty much going at double of last year’s pace on playing time through two months, and he’ll obviously keep that up if he’s playing close to every day at second base. Thus, he has had more opportunity to break out of his slow start this year compared to last.

The Tigers are hoping this is the start of that. He has five straight one-hit games, which have raised his average above the Mendoza line to .201 on the year. As of June 5 last year, he was batting .179. He didn’t top .200 until late June, and he didn’t really heat up until after that. His strikeout pace last year was a little slower than it has been so far in 2011.

Home opener: Tigers vs. Royals

Even as Detroit home openers go, this weather is pretty bad. It’s a steady, heavy rain coming down as of 11 a.m. on a cold, damp morning. A look at the radar, though, suggests it should clear out early this afternoon. Doesn’t mean it’ll be a beautiful day, but it’ll be playable, and it won’t be winter.

This weekend? Nice.

You might remember Jim Leyland was weighing Boesch or Raburn in the starting lineup today. Boesch is 3-for-9 against Royals starter Kyle Davies, while Raburn is 7-for-14. In the end, it appears Boesch’s hitting this week won out. He’s in left field, with Raburn on the bench.

The rest of the starting lineup:

TIGERS

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

P: Max Scherzer

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.

TIGERS

  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

ORIOLES

  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

Monday: Magglio returns to lineup

20110404-011108.jpgIt’s home opener day in Baltimore, and the weather is unbelievably gorgeous. The atmosphere is festive, and after the O’s swept the Rays over the weekend, the fans are nuts. Also a few Tigers fans here, though.

I think even if it weren’t so warm (like 70s warm), Magglio Ordonez probably would’ve been back in the lineup. There wasn’t so much as a limp on his ankle, and he seemed perfectly fine this morning when he showed no inclination to talk about his sore right ankle. With weather resembling spring training, there’s no doubt.

“I felt pretty good about him yesterday,” manager Jim Leyland said. “He could’ve pinch-hit.”

With that issue solved, the next question is how Leyland fits him into the lineup and who’s the odd man out. Today, it’s Ryan Raburn. Boesch starts in left field, Victor Martinez at DH and Alex Avila at catcher.

The bullpen will be interesting to watch today. Phil Coke isn’t available after his two innings Sunday, and unless he gets an inning Wednesday, Leyland said he probably won’t pitch again until he makes his first scheduled start Saturday. That means some other guys are going to have to step up if they have a lead in the seventh inning.

If they take a lead into the ninth, Jose Valverde is available, but he’s also battling a suspected case of food poisoning that he said had him throwing up all night. It doesn’t appear to be spreading around the clubhouse, but it’s probably worth keeping in mind in Valverde’s case.

TIGERS

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

P: Rick Porcello

ORIOLES

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

P: Jake Arrieta

 

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