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Leyland opts for Boesch to start against Chicago's Floyd

The Sports Xchange

For a manager who doesn't like to talk about his lineups a lot, Jim Leyland sure talks about his lineups a lot.

Leyland gave a glimpse into his thinking Tuesday when he mulled over the reasons for choosing in favor of either Ryan Raburn, who hits right-handed, or Brennan Boesch, who hits left-handed, to go against White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd on Wednesday night.

"The people that love the lineups are going to have a good time (Wednesday)," Leyland said. "They'll have a ball, because I've got a real dilemma on my hands."

Leyland ruled out Raburn even though he is 12-for-37 (.324) with two doubles and three RBI over his career against Floyd. Leyland said he believes Raburn's right quad is still bothering him.

Not to mention the fact Raburn isn't hitting a lick and hasn't all season.

"I just think he's a little sluggish," Leyland said. "He's not moving very good. I can see the leg's still bothering him. He's not real razor sharp."

Boesch will get the start even though he's 0-for-17 with six strikeouts lifetime against Floyd. However at U.S. Cellular Field, Boesch is hitting .286 (20-for-70) with four home runs and seven RBI in his career.

"But if you don't play him and you're really not going to play Raburn, then you've got to find something else to do," Leyland said. "So you get in one of those situations: 'Well, is he due?' It's hard not to play him in this park, but if you look at that stuff -- and I do a lot -- he's 0-for-17.

"Should I play him, and if I don't, who should I play? Should I play the kid, (Avisail) Garcia, against Floyd, an experienced veteran pitcher who's right-handed?

"I'll probably play (Boesch) in this park, hoping he'll run into one. It's a home run park. But it's interesting."

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