Ryan Raburn can’t get no respect.
Raburn’s first home run of the year was the deadly blow in the Tiger’s 8-run, comeback 6th inning, which overcame a seemingly insurmountable lead built against Max Scherzer, jinxed by Kevin In Dallas.
And yet, in the account of the three 6th inning home runs, Jackson “belted” his, Cabrera “jackhammered” a massive shot, but Raburn merely “flicked” one over the wall. No respect.
The Tigers are back in Detroit for another 2-day doubleheader, this one against their once-upon-a-time nemesis, the Minnesota Twins.
Rick Porcello, who has hopefully escaped jinxing, will take on Nick Blackburn, who doesn’t seem to like staying up late. During day games Blackburn has a career 3.91 ERA. Nick at Night is not so good though, putting up an ERA of 5.13.
If a closer is needed for these 2, it won’t be Valverde: his lower back strain will keep him out of this series; he is day to day after that. According to Leyland, Joaquin Benoit will be the closer in the meantime. “Probably.”
Morneau returns from the DL for the Twins, but it has just been announced Tiger-killer Denard Span has been scratched from the leadoff spot (hamstrung), to be replace by Erik Komatsu.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Alex Avila. Last night after Valverde gave up back to back singles and went to a 3-1 count on the next batter, Avila summoned trainer Kevin Rand to the mound and Valverde was removed. Tonight Avila’s job is to summon Kevin Rand as soon as either Balester or Putkonen step on the mound.
Tonight’s Ramonburn Lineup: