ANAHEIM -- Left fielder Ryan Raburn made his first start in more than a month Saturday against the Angels and lefty C.J. Wilson after missing all of August with a right thumb sprain.
Raburn pinch-hit for Ramon Santiago in the seventh inning during Friday's game and grounded out softly to the pitcher. It was his first plate appearance since coming off the disabled list on Sept. 1. A sore quad as soon as he was brought back kept him out of the lineup until now.
He has had success in the past, but this season has been a struggle and he came into the game batting only .171 with one homer and 12 RBIs in 199 at-bats. However, manager Jim Leyland is confident in Raburn's talent and he wants to get him a few at-bats against a lefty to prepare him for the three lefties they will face in Chicago next week.
"He's got an outstanding arm in the outfield," Leyland said. "He runs OK. He's got power. He can hit a three-run homer."
Also making their way into the Tigers starting lineup were Avisail Garcia in right field, making his third career start, and Danny Worth at second base. Garcia entered 4-for-8 so far in his young career.
Shortstop Jhonny Peralta is batting 1-for-16 with eight strikeouts against Wilson, which prompted Leyland's decision to rest the veteran regular and go with Worth.
"That's a mental rest, more so than a physical rest," Leyland said. "If you don't rest Jhonny Peralta tonight, you might as well not have these numbers. You might as well not have any information. You're in a pennant race, but that makes no difference to me."