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Tigers Ship Slumping Raburn To Minors

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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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They may be struggling, but they’re not standing still.

The Tigers dropped three games under .500 again Tuesday with a second straight loss at Boston, 6-3.

After slipping to 23-26, the Tigers announced they were optioning veteran Ryan Raburn back to Class AAA Toledo to work out his hitting problems.

Second base has been the one big problem position for Detroit this season, with the Tigers getting the lowest production in the majors at the position. Brandon Inge was tried briefly and then designated for assignment, and he was picked up by Oakland after he cleared waivers.

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