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Tigers Vs. Rockies: Starting Lineups For Friday's Series Opener

The Detroit Tigers can continue their recent trek through interleague opponents on Friday evening, as the Colorado Rockies come to town for a three-game weekend series at Comerica Park.

Getting his third career start for the Tigers on the mound will be 23-year-old lefty Casey Crosby, who has shown promise but still owns a woeful 9.35 ERA and 1.85 WHIP on the year. Crosby will face a Colorado lineup that features a trio of seasoned veterans in Michael Cuddyer, Jason Giambi and Todd Helton in the 4-5-6 spots, and an ideal table-setter in outfielder Dexter Fowler atop the order.

Back in the lineup after being called up from Triple-A Toledo on Thursday is utility man Ryan Raburn, who manager Jim Leyland has opted to hit seventh and play in left field. Raburn responded to his most recent opportunity with a 2-for-3 day from the plate against the Cubs on Thursday, but will need to keep swinging a hot bat to remain in the lineup over guys like Quintin Berry and Andy Dirks.

Here are the starting lineups for the series opener:

Tigers
1. Austin Jackson - CF
2. Brennan Boesch - RF
3. Miguel Cabrera - 3B
4. Prince Fielder - 1B
5. Delmon Young - DH
6. Jhonny Peralta - SS
7. Ryan Raburn - LF
8. Danny Worth - 2B
9. Bryan Holaday - C
Casey Crosby - SP

Rockies
1. Dexter Fowler - CF
2. Marco Scutaro - SS
3. Carlos Gonzalez - LF
4. Michael Cuddyer - RF
5. Jason Giambi - DH
6. Todd Helton - 1B
7. Jordan Pacheco - 3B
8. Wilin Rosario - C
9. Chris Nelson - 2B
Jeff Francis - SP

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