Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/6/12
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The euphoria of Detroit's stunning 10-8 comeback win over Cleveland in the 10th inning Sunday partially hid a move the Tigers made that had ripple effects in the team's clubhouse. Detroit announced just at game time it was acquiring utility man Jeff Baker from the Chicago Cubs in return for two as-yet unnamed players. The Tigers are hopeful Baker can do for them what Ryan Raburn has been unable to -- provide some sock against left-handed pitchers. And since Baker plays essentially the same positions -- second, third, first (which Raburn has not played) and both corner outfield positions -- it probably means Raburn's days with the Tigers have come to an end. "He's a right-handed bat, somebody we've been looking for that you can play versus left-handed pitching, in particular," GM Dave Dombrowski said. "He's hit left-handed pitching well throughout his career. He has the versatility to play left (field), right, first, second, third. He's a guy for us who we feel ...
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