ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Brennan Boesch has gone through a rookie season in which he burst onto the scene with a two-month flurry, followed by a prolonged slump. He still leads American League rookies with 14 home runs and 63 RBIs. But he's also batting .146 in his last 15 games.
So the season's end approaching isn't a bad thing.
"It will be good for him to get away," Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "He'll be fine. I like him a lot."
Leyland said before Tuesday's season opener against Texas that he hasn't lost faith in Boesch. The 25-year-old was on the bench for the second time in three games, with the Tigers facing Rangers left-hander Derek Holland on Tuesday night.
"He can run, he can throw, he can hit with power," Leyland said. "There was a stretch there arguably where he was producing better than anybody in baseball for about two months. When we had him and Magglio [Ordonez] and [Miguel] Cabrera all going there at the same time, we were pretty good."
Leyland spoke like a veteran manager when he was asked about Boesch's status for next season.
"He'll compete for a spot," Leyland said. "Whether he gets it is up to him."
Sizemore ready for normal offseason
ARLINGTON -- Opening Day second baseman Scott Sizemore was in the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. Texas, his first appearance for the Tigers since July 28. He was recalled on Sept. 7 for his third stint with the team.
"He's done everything we've asked. Why not give him a game?" Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Let him play. He doesn't want to come up here and sit around for a month. He's not a forgotten guy by any means."
Sizemore batted .298 for Triple-A Toledo, with nine home runs and 37 RBIs in 76 games. That gave Leyland and the Tigers' front office reason to see him again this season.
"He hit .300, he played well," Leyland said. "If I wasn't going to use him at some point, why bring him up? Let him go home for the offseason with his family."
Leyland gave Sizemore some benefit of the doubt for struggling earlier this season with the Tigers, batting .205 with one home run and nine RBIs. Sizemore came back from ankle surgery last October, and never was right in the manager's opinion.
"I knew right away from the beginning of the season that his leg wasn't healthy," Leyland said. "He was playable, but he wasn't healthy. His leg wasn't right, I could tell by the way he was running and moving."
Sizemore wouldn't use the ankle as an excuse Tuesday. But he did say that the surgery last fall cost him his regular offseason routine, so he is looking forward to going to Richmond, Va., after the season to work with his former college strength and conditioning coach.
"One of the first things -- when I did get sent down -- that was one of my main things, I was looking forward to [was the offseason]," Sizemore said. "Getting in the weight room, getting strong again and getting explosive again. It's exciting looking forward to that whole process of getting ready for next year and what might be."
Galarraga to start for Porcello on Wednesday
ARLINGTON -- The Tigers decided to scratch Rick Porcello for Wednesday's scheduled start because of lingering problems with his right index finger. Armando Galarraga will start in his place.
"He could probably go, but we're not going to chance it," manager Jim Leyland said.
Porcello injured a flexor tendon in the index finger of his pitching hand during his last start last Thursday against the White Sox.
Porcello will pitch on Monday against Kansas City at Comerica Park.
Manager Jim Leyland said closer Jose Valverde was available for Tuesday night. Valverde, who has been out with tenderness in his right elbow, last pitched Sept. 6 against the White Sox. ... First baseman Miguel Cabrera entered Tuesday night with 30 intentional walks, four short of Ted Williams' American League record of 34 set in 1957.
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.