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Wednesday: Tigers at White Sox

Magglio Ordonez could’ve been in the starting lineup, Jim Leyland said today, but he decided to sit him one more day with an eye towards Thursday. He didn’t feel comfortable with the idea of playing Magglio both Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon with the quick turnaround, and if he had to choose one or the other, he opted for Thursday against White Sox left-hander John Danks. He’s 14-for-23 (.609) off Danks with four doubles and two home runs, compared with 14-for-47 (.298) with six doubles off Wednesday’s starter, Freddy Garcia.

Ryan Raburn gets the start in the third spot again, playing in left field. Danny Worth, meanwhile, gets his first start at shortstop, batting ninth.

TIGERS

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

P: Rick Porcello

WHITE SOX

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

P: Freddy Garcia

Wednesday: Tigers vs. Twins

The big change in the lineup is on the Twins, who are without Justin Morneau tonight and most likely Thursday after he left Tuesday’s game with back issues. The shuffle essentially means both Delmon Young and Jim Thome are in the lineup at left field and DH, respectively.

On the Tigers side, Jim Leyland is giving Ryan Raburn another start at second in place of Scott Sizemore. It isn’t a matter of his miscue last night, but just part of Leyland being wary of Sizemore’s surgically repaired ankle. He still thinks the ankle is bothering Sizemore, though not nearly enough to be a major factor.

TIGERS

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

P: Max Scherzer

TWINS

  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Jim Thome, DH
  5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  6. Jason Kubel, RF
  7. Delmon Young, LF
  8. J.J. Hardy, SS
  9. Luke Hughes, 3B (Major League debut)

P: Scott Baker

Saturday: Tigers vs. Mariners

As expected, Ryan Raburn is in right field today, with Magglio Ordonez at DH. Raburn is batting second today in place of Johnny Damon, who gets the night off.

That was expected. What wasn’t expected was that Gerald Laird was iffy for today with back soreness. That was the reason Jim Leyland took him out of last night’s game for the late innings. It wasn’t just a matter of resting some regulars in a game that was out of hand. However, Laird said today he feels good enough to play, so he gets the start behind the plate. Laird and Sizemore flip in the batting order, though. Alex Avila will start Sunday with Max Scherzer on the mound.

TIGERS

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

P: Justin Verlander

MARINERS

  1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  2. Chone Figgins, 2B
  3. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
  4. Jose Lopez, 3B
  5. Ken Griffey Jr., DH
  6. Milton Bradley, LF
  7. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  8. Adam Moore, C
  9. Jack Wilson, SS

P: Ryan Rowland-Smith

Wednesday: Tigers vs. Royals

As expected, Austin Jackson has the day off, his first such day this season. Jim Leyland said he went with Ryan Raburn to lead off over Johnny Damon because he didn’t want to stack Raburn, Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera back to back to back, right-handed hitters all. Damon breaks up that stretch in the second spot.

Leyland said he’s going to try to give Zumaya day off today, but that he could use him if needed.
TIGERS
  1. Raburn, CF
  2. Damon, LF
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, DH
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Laird, C
  8. Sizemore, 2B
  9. Everett, SS
P: Rick Porcello
ROYALS
  1. David DeJesus, RF
  2. Scott Podsednik, LF
  3. Billy Butler, 1B
  4. Jose Guillen, DH
  5. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
  6. Mitch Maier, CF
  7. Jason Kendall, C
  8. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
  9. Chris Getz, 2B
P: Kyle Davies

Thursday: Tigers at Royals

Well, if Brandon Inge held out any hope of playing in all 162 games this season, his dreams are in serious jeopardy. Don Kelly gets the start at third base today, while Ryan Raburn starts at second. Carlos Guillen is the left fielder, with Johnny Damon getting a day at DH.

TIGERS

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

P: Willis

Wednesday: Tigers at Royals

It took until Game 2 this season for manager Jim Leyland to want to ward off questions about his day-to-day lineups, probably because he didn’t want to answer a bunch of questions about his changes for the second game. His past history shows that he usually tries to get in all of his position players within the first few games.

In the case of Alex Avila, that means he’s catching today. He’ll have Gerald Laird catching Dontrelle tomorrow and Rick Porcello for the home opener on Friday, so if he was going to get Avila a game within the first four days, now was the time.

“If I’m not going to catch him, I shouldn’t have brought him,” Leyland said. “I’m going to play everybody. That’s what a team’s all about, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Likewise, Leyland said Ryan Raburn will start at second base on Thursday, but said it doesn’t mean anything about Scott Sizemore’s status. He’s going to watch Sizemore and third baseman Brandon Inge and try to get them rest.

“We’re going to need them all,” Leyland said, “and I’m going to play them all.”

TIGERS

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

P: Max Scherzer

ROYALS

  1. David DeJesus, RF
  2. Scott Podsednik, LF
  3. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
  4. Billy Butler, 1B
  5. Rick Ankiel, CF
  6. Jose Guillen, DH
  7. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
  8. Jason Kendall, C
  9. Chris Getz, 2B

P: Luke Hochevar

Leyland raving about prospects

What began as a drizzly morning here in Lakeland ended up a sun-soaked and warm afternoon, probably the first real sunscreen type of day since spring training began. Very good day for the Tigers to have their first full-squad workout, and manager Jim Leyland’s mood reflected it.

After one full-squad workout — and probably more important, one day of batting practice — Leyland was raving about the prospects the Tigers have coming up in the system.
“I can tell, we’ve got a lot of talent in this camp, down low [in the system] and up high. I mean, it was an eye-opener out there today.”

  • “There’s a lot of prospects, probably the most prospects I’ve ever had in a camp.”

  • “I can assure you that these guys will be in Detroit someday, a lot of them. I don’t know where I’ll be [at that time], but they will be.”

  • “There’s guys hitting balls over trees, way over trees. … When you have veterans doing double-takes to watch a kid hit, that’s usually a pretty good measuring stick.”

Leyland didn’t want to mention prospects by name when he was talking about this, but one can surmise that he was talking about, Ryan Strieby, Brennan Boesch and Casper Wells, among others. Wells reported to camp in noticeably strong shape after spending most of the winter working out with Strieby in Arizona at the API training facility. He almost looks like he’s got a linebacker’s build playing outfield.

What does this mean for Detroit? For now, probably nothing. Unless Wells makes a run and takes the CF job from Austin Jackson in camp, most of the hitting talent will be opening in Toledo, which has the chance for a really nice offense if you add in a healthy Jeff Larish and maybe Alex Avila. But keep it in mind as the summer unwinds and the Tigers get closer to next offseason, when Dombrowski suggested the Tigers will make more “adjustments.”

Anyway, on to some notes …

  • Speaking of youngsters, Scott Sizemore did everything that every other infielder did on the first formal workout for position players. He’s still coming along with the ankle, but it isn’t limiting what he can do. No definitive word yet over whether he’ll be able to start at second when games begin in a week, but it’s looking upbeat. “He needs to get at-bats,” Leyland said. “He needs to play second base this spring a lot.”
  • The Tigers designated Casey Fien for assignment to make room for Johnny Damon on the 40-man roster, but Fien isn’t leaving camp just yet. He’s just going across the street. Though he’s technically in limbo until he’s either claimed on waivers, traded or outrighted, he can work out at the Tigers’ minor league facility across the street. The team has invited and encouraged him to do so.
  • In addition to talking with Carlos Guillen about his role, Leyland said he talked with Johnny Damon about his situation and whether he feels more comfortable batting leadoff or hitting second. Damon said he’s fine either way, but that they involve two different approaches. He doesn’t hit for as high of an average or reach base to the same percentage hitting second compared to leadoff, but he can do some other things in his game.
  • Leyland didn’t really want to talk about Ryan Raburn’s situation this morning after just discussing Guillen, but he said in the afternoon that Raburn will work out in the infield as well as the outfield now that full-squad workouts are underway. That’s a change from the offseason, when Leyland said he wanted Raburn to focus on being an outfielder. Raburn and Don Kelly are probably going to see work at basically every position but shortstop, catcher and pitcher this spring.
  • Strieby, by the way, is going to see time at both 1B and OF this spring. He’ll most likely be an outfielder in Toledo as he tries to make the transition away from Miguel Cabrera’s position and into a spot where he could actually see some playing time in Detroit.

Bill James predicts 22 HRs for Raburn

Jason Beck / MLB.com

So what happens every November, right around the time that the Bill James Handbook comes out, is that they send out an email to writers detailing what they project for the next season from certain players on their team. Generally, it’s a look at last season’s stats and a projection whether the player will build on those numbers or regress.

This year’s version is out, and the projections include a 22-homer season in 439 at-bats from Ryan Raburn, But as Bill James admitted in the email, they can’t predict or project playing time.

The projection on Raburn includes a .276 average, 73 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. What interested me, though, were projections for some of the hitters. Curtis Granderson, under their scenario, would bat .275 with 27 homers, 76 RBIs, 17 stolen bases and an .844 OPS — keeping a lot of his home-run power while still getting a bounceback on batting average. Magglio Ordonez is projected to bat .311 with 17 HRs and 84 RBIs.

On the pitching side, Rick Porcello would get a bit of a sophomore slump, going 10-11 with a 4.25 ERA in 195 innings.

Game 163: Tigers at Twins

Though speculation was rampant whether Miguel Cabrera would play, he’s in the lineup in his usual spot. He actually looked pretty relaxed after talking with reporters real briefly once the clubhouse opened.

As Jim Leyland had suggested, he put Ryan Raburn in the starting lineup for this tiebreaker game, batting him sixth and starting him in left field. Carlos Guillen is still in the lineup, but he’s the DH. Aubrey Huff is a pinch-hitter for this one.

Though Raburn’s bat would’ve been tough to sit for this one, especially against a pitcher (Scott Baker) who gives up a higher average to right-handed hitters than left-handed ones. It’s his first start against a righty since August.

TIGERS

  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Placido Polanco, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Carlos Guillen, DH
  6. Ryan Raburn, LF
  7. Brandon Inge, 3B
  8. Gerald Laird, C
  9. Ramon Santiago, SS

P: Rick Porcello

TWINS

  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Jason Kubel, RF
  5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  6. Delmon Young, LF
  7. Jose Morales, DH
  8. Matt Tolbert, 3B
  9. Nick Punto, 2B

P: Scott Baker

Time to face the knuckleballer

Jim Leyland isn’t sure if he buys the whole notion of right-handers doing better against knuckleball pitchers. But he wants to get Ryan Raburn a game today, rather than let him rust while his bat is hot, so he gets a game in left field.

TIGERS

  1. Thomas, RF
  2. Santiago, 2B
  3. Ordonez, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Granderson, CF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Raburn, LF
  8. Everett, SS
  9. Sardinha, C

P: Dontrelle Willis

RED SOX

  1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  2. J.D. Drew, DH
  3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  4. Jason Bay, LF
  5. Mike Lowell, 3B
  6. Rocco Baldelli, RF
  7. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  8. Julio Lugo, SS
  9. George Kotteras, C

P: Chris Kottaras

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