Friday, March 23, 2012

Mo Town is here!

This is Jason Dill blogging from McKechnie Field where the Detroit Tigers bring the hottest hitter this Grapefruit League season, Ryan Raburn, to face the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Raburn has hit six home runs in 26 at-bats this spring.

Jim Leyland, who managed the Pirates the last time they made the playoffs, is back in Bradenton with the Tigers.

His club was tabbed as a favorite to win the World Series this year.

However, several of the marquee names aren't on this trip down from Lakeland.

Prince Fielder, Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila didn't make the voyage down to the Friendly City.

Cabrera was injured earlier this week when he took a grounder to the face.

Doug Fister is scheduled to battle Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton today.

Here's the lineups:


1. Andy Dirks CF
2. Brennan Boesch RF
3. Jhonny Peralta SS
4. Ryan Raburn 2B
5. Delmon Young LF
6. Don Kelly 1B
7. Clete Thomas DH
8. Brandon Inge 3B
9. Gerald Laird

RHP Doug Fister


1. Jose Tabata RF
2. Nate McLouth LF
3. Andrew McCutchen CF
4. Neil Walker 2B
5. Casey McGehee 3B
6. Matt Hague 1B
7. Rod Barajas C
8. Clint Barmes SS
9. Charlie Morton RHP

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