Results tagged ‘ Ryan Raburn ’

Saturday: Tigers vs. A's

Worth noting how much more comfortable Raburn looks at the plate and in the field lately. He has settled in a bit after that nightmare of a series against the Angels and the miscue against the Indians. He’ll be in LF tonight.

“I think he was putting a lot of presure on himself,” Leyland said, “and I think now he’s ready to do what he’s capable of doing.”

TIGERS

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

P: Rick Porcello

ATHLETICS

  1. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  2. Kurt Suzuki, C
  3. Jack Cust, DH
  4. Matt Holliday, LF
  5. Jason Giambi, 1B
  6. Adam Kennedy, 2B
  7. Ryan Sweeney, CF
  8. Bobby Crosby, 3B
  9. Travis Buck, RF

P: Dallas Braden

Cabrera's hit now a Raburn error

Note the scoring change from Saturday: The bases-clearing double from Asdrubal Cabrera in the fourth, the one on which LF Ryan Raburn initially slipped before running it down and dropping it, is now a two-base error to Raburn.

Official scorer Ron Kleinfelter said the piece of evidence that changed his mind was a statement from Raburn saying that he tracked the ball the whole way on his recovery dash back to the fence.

The change means that none of Zach Miner’s five runs allowed are now earned. His ERA correspondingly plummets. Cabrera’s RBI total, meanwhile, drops from 13 to 10.

Sunday: Guillen in LF, Raburn at DH

As expected, Ryan Raburn is back in the Tigers lineup Sunday against Indians lefty Cliff Lee. But he’s at DH, not in LF. Instead, Carlos Guillen is in left. Leyland had a meeting with Raburn in his office Sunday morning, trying to get him to relax a bit and calm his nerves. Raburn is 2-for-5 for his career against Cliff Lee, by the way. Gerald Laird, who has the day off, is 1-for-12 off Lee.

Leyland’s opinion on the call on Raburn’s misplay Saturday? He felt it was an error, but he respects the official scorer’s opinion.

Leyland was particularly looking forward to seeing Justin Verlander pitch today, given the way he pitched his last start and his history against Cleveland. Among his opposing hitters will be Matt LaPorta, making his Major League debut.

TIGERS

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

P: Verlander

INDIANS

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Victor Martinez, 1B
  4. Shin-Soo Choo, LF
  5. Mark DeRosa, 3B
  6. David Dellucci, DH
  7. Kelly Shoppach, C
  8. Matt LaPorta, RF (Major League debut)
  9. Luis Valbuena, 2B

P: Cliff Lee

Raburn in LF

As Jim Leyland said Friday, the next few games are a big opportunity for Ryan Raburn, who will get some regular at-bats with three straight left-handed starters on the mound for the opponents.

TIGERS

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

P: Miner

INDIANS

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B
  3. Victor Martinez, C
  4. Shin-Soo Choo, LF
  5. Mark DeRosa, 3B
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. David Dellucci, DH
  8. Ryan Garko, 1B
  9. Ben Francisco, RF

P: Aaron Laffey

Thames is going to be out a while

The follow-up news on Marcus Thames is not good. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand called it a “fairly significant left rib cage muscle strain,” severe enough that the muscle, cartilage and rib all got pulled. That’s why Thames felt a pop when he swung, and then had to catch his breath.

No firm timetable for a return, but Rand said Thames can’t do any physical activity for the next until he’s pain free, an estimated 2-4 weeks.

“He’s such a big part of our team,” manager Jim Leyland said. “I think he’s going to be out a while.”

Raburn arrived from Toledo early this afternoon and is in the starting lineup, batting eighth and playing right field. Magglio Ordonez will be the designated hitter tonight. Look for the rotation of guys at DH to pick up while Thames is out, moreso than the Tigers had already been doing.

“I can go a lot of different ways with it,” Leyland said.

To fill the void at Toledo from Raburn’s call-up, the Tigers acquired the contract of journeyman outfielder Jason Tyner from the Brewers organization.

Thames to DL, Raburn called up

Dave Dombrowski announced immediately after the game that Marcus Thames is going onto the DL. He pulled a muscle around his rib cage doing extra hitting before the game tonight and wasn’t available. That’s why Adam Everett was pinch-hitting in the 9th. Ryan Raburn is being recalled from Toledo and will be available Wednesday.

Thames said after the game that he took a swing during early BP when he felt something pop. It’s different than the abdominal muscle that he pulled in Spring Training, because this latest injury is higher up along his left side.

“I knew it was something that couldn’t be good,” Thames said, “because it took the breath away from me a little bit.”

He and the Tigers were awaiting results of an MRI exam to confirm the
severity of the injury, whether it’s a pulled muscle or something worse, and what kind of timetable Thames is looking at for a recovery. Whatever it is, Thames was clearly frustrated after the game, because he was working hard to try to get his swing going.

“It is what it is,” Thames said. “I can’t control it. It’s tough luck right now for me. It hasn’t been a good last two months for me.”

Raburn leads off

Curtis Granderson gets the rare day off, helped no doubt by the fact that he’s 0-for-9 with three strikeouts against John Danks. He hasn’t been out of the starting lineup since June 15 against the Dodgers. Meanwhile, Brandon Inge gets a regular day off, something Leyland seems to be cautious about while Inge gets back into the swing of catching every day.

TIGERS (55-57)

  1. Raburn, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Sheffield, DH
  7. Thames, LF
  8. Renteria, SS
  9. Sardinha, C

WHITE SOX (62-49)

  1. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  2. Nick Swisher, CF
  3. Carlos Quentin, LF
  4. Jermaine Dye, RF
  5. Jim Thome, DH
  6. Paul Konerko, 1B
  7. Alexei Ramirez, 2B
  8. Toby Hall, C
  9. Juan Uribe, 3B

P.S. — Neither Joel Zumaya nor Fernando Rodney will be pitching tonight. At this point, back-to-back outings isn’t really much of an option for Zumaya while the Tigers try not to risk more shoulder soreness. Leyland would like to avoid using Farnsworth after he pitched three of the past four days, but that might not be possible.

Dontrelle to rehab with Toledo

He threw a successful bullpen session today and is now set to resume his rehab assignment for the Mud Hens with a start Tuesday at Columbus. He’ll then rejoin the Tigers in Kansas City to work with pitching coach Chuck Hernandez before starting again for the Hens the following Sunday at Columbus. Where it goes from there isn’t clear yet, but take notice that Willis is starting on the same days as Armando Galarraga and you can figure out where he might slot in.

As for the lineup today, it’s all right-handers as expected against lefty Kei Igawa. Pudge returns to the leadoff spot, while Ryan Raburn bats ninth and plays center field. Here’s the full lineup:

  1. Rodriguez, C
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Sheffield, LF
  7. Renteria, SS
  8. Thames, DH
  9. Raburn, CF

For the Yankees:

  1. Melky Cabrera, CF
  2. Derek Jeter, SS
  3. Bobby Abreu, RF
  4. Hideki Matsui, LF
  5. Shelley Duncan, 1B
  6. Jason Giambi, DH
  7. Wilson Betemit, 3B
  8. Robinson Cano, 2B
  9. Chad Moeller, C

Raburn as pinch-runner

So why pinch-run for somebody who just legged out an infield hit? Leyland said after the game that he had discussed it with Gene Lamont earlier. The thinking was that Raburn is a little faster, but also more experienced. He was less likely to be tentative, Leyland said, and Lamont knows him better and could feel more confident sending him around.

As for why Renteria wasn’t bunting to get the runner over to second, Leyland said he didn’t want to play for the tie, not with Boston’s offense and with limited options remaining in the Tigers bullpen. Todd Jones would not have come out for the 10th had the game gone to extras.

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