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Posted on: 06-15-2010

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    Only in the lineup because CFielder
Austin Jackson remains sidelined by back
spasms and replaced late for defensive
purposes by Don Kelly, Ryan Raburn made
the most of his playing time with a pregame
tip from Tiger hitting coach Lloyd McClendon
Tuesday night.
    Raburn snapped a 4-all tie when he clubbed
a 385-foot 3rHR to LField in the B-5th, his first
of the season, to give the Tigers a 7-4 win over
Washington in the first game of a 3-game
interleague series.
    Raburn also singled and scored in the B-4th and drew a bases-loaded walk in the B-2nd
for a 2-for-4, 2-R, 4-RBI effort to bump up his batting average to a still anemic .180.
    The game featured a pair of starting pitchers who hadn't won since before Memorial
Day. Detroit's Max Scherzer effectively scattered 7-H & 2-W with 9-K for 4-R/3-ER in his
6-IP victory (3-6). Washington's John Lannan was battered for 10-H & 4-W with 1-K for
7-R/6-ER in just 4.1-IP, departing one out after Raburn's homer to suffer another loss (2-4).
    After Phil Coke (1.1-IP, 2-K) and Joel Zumaya (0.2-IP) combined for a pair of perfect
Tiger relief innings, Jose Valverde came on in the T-9th to allow 1-W but post 2-K to get
the save (#14).
    Detroit's other runs came on a Carlos Guillen fielder's choice RBI in the B-3rd and via
a Magglio Ordonez RBI-2B (to plate Raburn) and then Guillen's sac-fly (to score Ordonez)
for a 2-R/B-4th.
    The Nationals had taken 1-0, 3-1 and 4-2 leads over the first 4-INN, capped by a
Michael Morse solo homer (#2) to Field to lead-off the B-4th.
    Niger Morgan was 2-for-5 with 2-SB and 2-R for the Nats. Morgan had a beautiful bunt
sinmgle and a bloop single in pitch-&-putt style. Former Tiger Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez
(with his fourth team in less than two years after leaving Detroit) went 1-for-4 with an
RBI-1B in a 2-R/T-3rd. Josh Willingham went 2-for-3 with a W & RBI.
    Ordonez (sore left oblique) played for the first time in nine days and celebrated his
return to the Tiger lineup by going 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, 1-R & 1-RBI. Gerald
Laird went 3-for-4, his first 3-H game of the season. (Laird had only 20-H and a .160-BA
entering Tuesday's contest.)
    The game was Washington's first ever in Detroit since the former Montreal Expos
became the Nationals in 2005.
    Detroit won its fourth in a row. Now 34-29, the Tigers stayed within two and a half games
of AL-Central leading Minnesota.

    WASH     4-7-1, 7-LOB          (L) Lannan, 2-4
    DET        7-12-1, 11-LOB     (W) Scherzer, 3-6; (S) Valverde, #14


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "“Hopefully, this will relax [Raburn] a bit. Mac [hitting coach Lloyd
McClendon] told me just before the home run, ‘He’s about to get hot.’ And, boom, he hits it...
Raburn doesn’t know how much talent he has. He can be his own worst enemy, and gets down
on himself."

TIGERS H-COACH LLOYD McCLENDON:   "I told [Raburn] before the game: ‘I want to impress
on you that you are a major league player. You do not need to be looking over your shoulder.’
...[The batting stance adjustment] helped him stay on the ball a bit longer, but the credit goes
to Ryan for making the adjustment. I said I had a feeling it was his time."

TIGERS CF RYAN RABURN:   "It’s about time that I helped win us a game. I’ve been waiting
to do that all year...Mac said he saw something—my hips have been flying out, and I needed
to stay closed. We made a little adjustment and it felt great."

TIGERS SP MAX SCHERZER:   "I didn’t feel great tonight...I gave up some early runs, but I
needed to battle the last two innings and shut the door and give us a chance to win...
It feels really good around here, because this four-game winning streak is what we needed
to get back toward first place."

NATIONALS CA PUDGE RODRIGUEZ:   "We need to put this one behind us. Our bullpen has
been great and was great again tonight and [Tyler] Walker and Sean [Burnett] gave us
a chance to win....John needs to get that sinker back and when he does he will be alright."

NATIONALS SP JOHN LANNAN:   "Today I didn't get the sinking two-seamer action on my
pitches that go down and away. The pitches were coming across the plate and not getting
that true sinker action. I made a mistake to [Raburn] and got too much of the plate...
I just couldn’t get into any kind of rhythm, and that’s twice in a row now. I feel fine. I don’t
know what’s going on."


    Scherzer is 2-2 in four starts with 33-K in 24-IP since returning from 3A Toledo
on May 30TH.
    Detroit's Brandon Inge went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.  
    The Tiger crowd of 24.821 gave Rodriguez loud cheers during his initial at-bat
in his second return to Detroit since being traded to the New York Yankees in
July of 2008. Pudge finished that year with the Yanks, split 2009 between Houston
and Texas and signed a 2-year free agent deal with the Nationals last winter.
    The Tigers released Adam Everett Tuesday. The veteran SStop had been designated
for assignment June 8TH.
    RHPs Justin Verlander (7-4, 3.56) of Detroit and Livan Hernandez (5-3, 2.28) of
Washington are Wednesday night's probable pitchers for the middle game of the


    The Red Wings doubled-up the Mud Hens 12-6 in a Tuesday "Senior Day" matinee.
Rochester earned a split of the 4-game Toledo series and also of the 8-game season
series between the two clubs.
    The Red Wings had a 7-R/T-4th and a 4-R/T-6th with all 11 of those runs coming
with 2-outs.
    What should have been a 1-2-3/T-4th saw Rochester given a 1-out triple by Dustin
Martin when utilityman Max Leon, stationed in RField, slipped and fell on the grass just
in front of the warning track. After Hens starter Billy Buckner (L, 1-2) whiffed Wilson
Ramos for the second out, four consecutive hits, an error by 2Bman Scott Sizemore and
then two more safeties produced the 7-R frame. The big blow was a 2r2B by Brian Dinkelman
(3-for-6, 2-2B, 1-R, 3-RBI).
    Three walks by first Toledo reliever Josh Rainwater and a passed ball by Mud Hens catcher
Jeff Kunkel complicated the 4-R/T-6th.
    The Wings added a single T-7th run off third Mud Hens hurler Casey Fien.
    Ex-Tiger Jeff Larish soloed (#9) over the tent in the RField concourse and had 2-RBIs
for Toledo. Jeff Frazier was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Frazier's 22 two-baggers leads
the International LGE and he also leads the Hens with 13-HR (T-4th in the IL) after a pair
of two homerun games Sunday & Monday vs Rochester.


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