CLEVELAND -- Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman's stat line got a break from the rain Friday night.
Bonderman, trying to make it uninjured through a season for the first time since 2007, gave up six runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings, but because the Tigers and Indians did not get in five innings, the rained-out game will not count and will be played from the beginning when it is made up.
Bonderman's undoing Friday came in the third, when he gave up six straight hits.
"I think I threw nine pitches and gave up five runs," Bonderman said of the stretch. "It's kind of frustrating."
In 2008, Bonderman went to the disabled list on June 7 with thoracic outlet compression syndrome. He spent much of last year on the DL recovering from the same injury, going 0-1 with an 8.71 ERA in eight appearances, including one start.
This season, Bonderman is 1-1 with a 5.74 ERA. The Tigers led, 7-6, when Friday's game was suspended, so Bonderman's record would not have been affected by the game, but had the stats counted, his ERA would have soared to 7.14.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said that Bonderman didn't have his best stuff vs. the Tribe.
"The days that he's gone out and made good pitches, he's gotten people out," Leyland said. "When he makes pitches like he made last night, he's not going to get people out."
Friday night's struggles paralleled Bonderman's problem this season. He can mow down the order the first time through, but when guys come back later in the game, they have him figured out.
"I don't have the answer right now," Bonderman said. "It seems to be that way this year."
Leyland said that Bonderman is still trying to adjust to his new repertoire, including his splitter. Travis Hafner's home run off Bonderman on Friday came on a splitter, which Bonderman said, "didn't do anything."
"He's had to adjust his pitching style a little bit," Leyland said. "He's not the overpowering guy he was. He's adjusting to the pitching style, throwing a split now. That's just a process he's going through."
Tigers trio working way back from injuries
CLEVELAND -- Injured Tigers Carlos Guillen and Zach Miner are moving along in recovery, but Bobby Seay may take longer than expected to return from the disabled list.
Reliever Miner, on the disabled list with right elbow tendinitis since March 26, pitched two innings at extended spring ball Thursday, and he is set to pitch another two innings Monday.
"He'll stay there till we feel good about how he is getting along," head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. "He's not quite ready to start [a rehab assignment] yet. He's throwing to hitters, but he's not really pitching yet."
Guillen, on the DL with a left hamstring strain since April 23, has been doing a strength and agility program. Rand said that Guillen could begin baseball activity as soon as Monday, when the Tigers return to Detroit for a nine-game homestand.
Lefty-specialist Seay, placed on the DL with left shoulder strain on March 26, is in a strength and agility program as well, but Rand said that instead the program would be extended to eight weeks, up from the original six.
"We just want to make sure we take our time," Rand said.
Rain abates, but wind remains factor
CLEVELAND -- The rain that postponed Friday night's series-opening tilt flared up Saturday about an hour before game time, but this time, it came with heavy winds.
For Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who grew up in Perrysburg, Ohio, that's just life in northern Ohio.
"I'm an Ohio boy, so I know about Lake Erie," Leyland said. "It is what it is. You do the best you can with it, try to get by. It's going to be miserable conditions, pretty simple really."
Wind gusts between 33 and 44 mph were blowing in from left field, which was likely to come into play with flyballs hit that way.
"This time of year, this part of the country, you expect things like this," Leyland said. "Maybe not the wind as much, but you know, you just get through it and get the game in."
Raburn sits against Tribe righty Masterson
CLEVELAND -- Outfielder Ryan Raburn was out of the lineup Saturday, but manager Jim Leyland said that Raburn's recent defensive struggles were not a factor.
"That's not why he's out," Leyland said. "He plays against left-handers."
Facing Indians righty Justin Masterson on Saturday, the Tigers took the chance to sit Raburn.
"He's basically an all-purpose guy," Leyland said. "You pick your spots to try to give him some at-bats. He had a couple hits last night, and a heck of a year for us last year."
Raburn, who hit .291 with 16 home runs and 45 RBIs in 113 games last season, entered Saturday hitting .216 in 16 games this year.
Austin Jackson was 0-for-3 Friday night before the game was rained out, which made the poor night a wash for the Tigers' rookie sensation. The rainout preserved Jackson's streak of 23 games of reaching base safely, dating back to April 23. ... The Detroit bullpen, which got an early call Friday, leads the American League with nine victories and a 2.03 ERA in 97 2/3 innings, also a league high. ... Though they ultimately didn't count, Johnny Damon had two hits and a walk with two runs scored Friday, keeping his recent hot streak alive. Damon entered Saturday batting .349 (30-for-86) in his past 25 games, including a walk-off homer against the Angels last Saturday, Damon's first tater in a Detroit unifor
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