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Leyland Has Managed To Get Raburn Going Again

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MINNEAPOLIS MN- AUGUST 27:  Ryan Raburn #25 of the Detroit Tigers slides and scores on a Austin Jackson single to center against the Minnesota Twins pitcher Carl Pavano in the fifth inning on August 27, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Detroit wins 6-4. (Photo by Craig Lassig/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS MN- AUGUST 27: Ryan Raburn #25 of the Detroit Tigers slides and scores on a Austin Jackson single to center against the Minnesota Twins pitcher Carl Pavano in the fifth inning on August 27, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Detroit wins 6-4. (Photo by Craig Lassig/Getty Images)

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As a manager, it seems Jim Leyland is a pretty good psychologist.

A big part of Leyland’s job is pumping up his players, keeping their confidence high so they can do the things in games they are capable of doing.

That’s part of the reason Leyland keeps writing slumping Ryan Raburn’s name in the lineup, to show trust that eventually his early season slump will be over.

Of course another part of that is that Leyland has no viable long-term alternatives to Raburn at second base, a situation Detroit management will remedy if Raburn performs badly into July.

But Raburn showed Tuesday his manager’s confidence might be about to pay off. He hit a three-run home run during an eight-run sixth inning that brought Detroit a 10-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

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