Young gets breather for finale; Kelly starts

Young gets breather for finale; Kelly starts

Young gets breather for finale; Kelly starts
MINNEAPOLIS -- With the Tigers in the midst of a stretch of 13 straight games without a day off, manager Jim Leyland tries to find ways to give some of his regulars a day off here and there. For Sunday's series finale with the Twins, it was Delmon Young's turn to rest.

Don Kelly got the start in right field, with Andy Dirks in left.

"I am going to DH [Brennan] Boesch, play Kelly in right field and give Delmon Young a blow," Leyland said.

Leyland has said previously that he is not going to make major changes to the lineup just because the Tigers were struggling offensively early, but he wants to keep the players on his bench sharp by giving them periodic playing time.

"I hope we can get in that flow where we use everybody. That's our concept of how we play and how we manage," Leyland said.

Another addition to Sunday's lineup was Ryan Rayburn. Ramon Santiago filled in for Rayburn at second base on Saturday, but Rayburn was back in the lineup for Sunday's finale.

Leyland also shuffled the batting order, moving Alex Avila up to the sixth spot, ahead of Jhonny Peralta. Avila has been having better at-bats recently, as he was 3-for-8 with three RBIs over the first two games of the series.