DETROIT -- Ryan Raburn is fortunate he's right-handed.
Otherwise, he might not be back with the Tigers at this point.
For the second straight day, Raburn was in the lineup, this time playing left field and batting seventh. That had a lot to do with the fact that Colorado Rockies starter Jeff Francis is a left-hander.
Manager Jim Leyland admitted that Raburn wasn't tearing it up at Triple-A Toledo, but he fills a role for the team now.
"He wasnt doing a lot, but were just starving so much for a right-hand hitter," Leyland said. "I mean, if you look at the bench when (Danny) Worth plays, theyre all lefties, except for (Bryan) Holaday.
"It fits our team better right now, but hes not going to play every day. He might play against these lefties, but hes not going to play every day unless something would pop, and hed get going real good."
In the Tigers' 5-3 victory Thursday, Raburn went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Leyland said he couldn't guarantee that Raburn...