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06/15/10 8:13 PM ET

Tigers release shortstop Everett

DETROIT -- The Tigers formally released shortstop Adam Everett on Tuesday. Everett was designated for assignment on June 8, giving the club 10 days to try and make a trade before having to release him.

The Tigers were unable to hash out a deal in that time span, making Everett a free agent. Any team that decides to sign Everett will only have to pay him the Major League minimum, while the Tigers will be responsible for what's left of his contract this year.

Everett was best known for his glove, not his bat. He hit only .185 for the Tigers before being designated for assignment, but turned 24 double plays and only committed one error in 31 games this season.

"This is a sad day, because I never wanted to be the guy to tell Adam Everett this," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said when the announcement was made to designate Everett for assignment. "There is nobody that's classier -- nobody -- that's ever played for me than Adam Everett. That's exactly the way he handled it."

Bad back puts Jackson out of lineup Tuesday

DETROIT -- Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson was out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Nationals.

Jackson has lower back spasms and a mild low back strain, which occurred on Sunday in the Tigers' game against the Pirates. Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Jackson is day-to-day.

Jackson felt tightness in his back before the start of Sunday's game. He tried to play through it, but when he made a catch in center field in the first inning, the pain got worse. He exited in the middle of the first inning.

"He's improved today," Rand said. "He's much better, but we will continue treating him."

Jackson said he's experienced similar pain in the past and doesn't expect to be out of the lineup for a considerable chunk of time.

"It's just one of those things of getting rest and getting therapy on it," Jackson said. "I should be ready in a couple days."

Ryan Raburn started in his place and hit in the leadoff spot.

Rookie Boesch brings energy to club

DETROIT -- The Washington Nationals arrived in Detroit with one of the most talked about players in baseball -- rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg.

The Tigers have a pretty good rookie they brought up, too, even if he's flying a little bit more under the radar.

Outfielder Brennan Boesch is tops among Major League rookies with a .342 batting average, eight home runs, and 30 RBIs in 41 games since being called up on April 23. He might not garner the national hype that Strasburg has experienced, but he sure is helping the Tigers offensively.

Manager Jim Leyland said both players have had a similar effect on their respective teams. Aside from posting solid numbers, their fresh energy and new look has been beneficial to both clubs.

"Other guys start relaxing a little bit more," Leyland said. "Having fun watching somebody play the game creates a good atmosphere. It's positive stuff, but it boils down to doing something on the field.

"Everybody knew [Strasburg] is a tremendous talent. That perked everybody up. Boesch perked us up because he's knocked in 30 runs already."

Pudge catches another young superstar

DETROIT -- Former Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez is familiar with catching young superstar pitchers.

Rodriguez caught then-Tigers rookie pitcher Justin Verlander in 2006. The current Tigers ace went on to win 17 games en route to being named the 2006 American League Rookie of the Year.

On Tuesday, Rodriguez compared catching Verlander to Nationals rookie sensation Stephen Strasburg.

"Those two guys are great," Rodriguez said. "Verlander has been in the game for a long time. He was my teammate for four and half years. He's a tremendous guy and a tremendous pitcher. He did a tremendous job with me. I respect him very much. It's the same with Stephen. I only have two starts with him, but he's doing great. We get along very good. Hopefully he can have a great year for us."

Rodriguez was a vital part in the Tigers' 2006 run to the World Series. He came to Detroit in 2004 and gave the struggling team a much-needed jump start. In four and a half seasons with the Tigers, Rodriguez boasted a .298 average with 62 home runs and 300 RBIs.

The 14-time All-Star is only 242 hits shy of reaching 3,000 for his career -- a feat Tigers manager Jim Leyland expects the 38-year-old to accomplish.

"It's amazing what he's done and he continues to do it," Leyland said. "He's going to continue to do it until he gets 3,000 hits. There's no doubt in my mind about that. He's locked into 3,000. They can talk about whatever else they want. He's a proud guy. He wants to be in that 3,000 hit club and I believe he'll do it. I hope he does."

Alex DiFilippo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.