"I'm thrilled," Jim Leyland said. "If I don't get a sleeve of golf balls, I'm going to be very disappointed."
Raburn said he would get Leyland a short sleeve.
"I'm so happy for him," Leyland continued. "Well deserved. I'm really glad for him. He's comfortable here. He's got a manager that he's going to have a great relationship with, because his manager's a terrific guy. I think things are going to really work out for him. I couldn't be happier for him. We're all happy for him."
Raburn signed a two-year contract in Detroit before the 2011 season, avoiding arbitration. Once that deal expired following a disappointing 2012 campaign in Detroit, the Tigers released him.
A year ago at this point, Raburn was mired on the bench in Detroit, on his way to a .171 average with one home run and 12 RBIs in 205 at-bats. He entered Wednesday batting .277 with 14 doubles, 13 homers and 38 RBIs in 184 at-bats.
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