Raburn making a case for second base

Raburn making a case for second base

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Manager Jim Leyland hasn't decided who will bat second in his lineup. That, he said, will depend on who makes the club, likely a hint that the second-base competition will play a role.

Leyland said on Thursday that he would like to have a starting second baseman decided with a week to go in Spring Training, which would put his decision around early next week.

Even so, "It might not be announced then," Leyland said.

Ryan Raburn has been getting some starts there recently. With no starting second baseman determined, and with Leyland known to be open to putting a power hitter in the second spot, it wouldn't be a surprise if Raburn were there to open the season.

That doesn't mean Raburn is preparing to be a No. 2 hitter -- not the stereotype of one, at least.

"Honestly, I don't think I need to change my approach," Raburn said. "Yeah, I probably wouldn't be the prototypical two-hole hitter, but what got me here and what's been able to keep me a part of this team is driving the ball and doing what I do. If I start changing my swing now, that's totally different than what I've been doing.

"Of course, in certain situations, I'll have to take [a different approach]. Our job is to get on for Magglio [Ordonez] and Miguel [Cabrera] and stuff like that, but I think in the long run, I need to keep the same approach that I've got."

Raburn hit a solo homer and a single in a 2-for-5 outing on Thursday, raising his spring average to .313.