07/24/11 8:55 PM ET
Tigers promote Ruffin to Majors
By Joe Kieser / Special to MLB.com
Ruffin posted a combined 3-3 record with a 2.09 ERA in 31 games with Double-A Erie and eight games with Triple-A Toledo.
Tigers Manager Jim Leyland said he knew little about his new reliever, who will be joining the team for its next series in Chicago.
"I know nothing about him," Leyland said, "other than he's tough, he's good and he's from Texas."
The 6-foot, 185-pound right-hander is just 22 years old. He was drafted in the supplemental first round (48th overall) of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
Ruffin is the son of former Major League pitcher Bruce Ruffin, who pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies from 1986-1997.
Oliveros pitched in nine games for the Tigers this season, posting a 0-0 record with an ERA of 5.63 in eight innings of work.
Avila's offensive woes don't concern Leyland
MINNEAPOLIS -- If you take Detroit catcher Alex Avila's season as a whole, his offensive production has been very good, especially for a catcher. Avila is hitting .277 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs and is second on the team in walks. Avila was also named to the American League All-Star Team, so what's the problem?
The problem is that, of late, Avila has struggled mightily. In July, Avila is hitting just .160 and has no home runs or RBIs. Avila has just eight hits this month, including three doubles. Even so, Tigers manager Jim Leyland is not concerned with his All-Star catcher's offensive production going forward.
"He's hit some balls good that he doesn't have a lot to show for, and he's probably a little tired," Leyland said. "I don't think he's struggling; he's doing just fine."
Leyland said Avila plays a demanding position, so offensive ups and downs are to be expected, given the wear and tear a catcher is subject to in the field.
"He's taken a beating back there," Leyland said. "He's been pounded back there. He won't admit it because he's a tough kid. That position is not easy every day. That's why [when] you see Carlton Fisk and all those guys -- Bob Boone -- [play so many years], it's remarkable."
Leyland admires all three Hall inductees
MINNEAPOLS -- Detroit manager Jim Leyland, who devoted some time to watching coverage of the Hall of Fame induction of infielder Roberto Alomar, pitcher Bert Blyleven and executive Pat Gillick prior to Sunday's game with the Twins, said all three inductees were worthy to join the Hall.
"I think that about all three of them," Leyland said. "Pat Gillick was tremendous for the game. Those players who are going in obviously had major impacts."
Leyland said Alomar was as good as any player in his league during the time he played and that Blyleven's time had finally arrived after a career in which he made many Major League hitters swing and miss.
"There was a time when Roberto Alomar was, without question, the best player in the American League," Leyland said. "Bert's waited a long time, and he's finally arrived, deservedly so. That's the end of the road; there's no place better than that."
Gillick helped create three World Series winners in 1992 and 1993 working for the Toronto Blue Jays and in 2008 with the Philadelphia Phillies. Alomar collected more than 2,700 hits, 200 home runs and 1,100 RBIs and was considered one of the best defensive second basemen in baseball history. Blyleven won 287 games and was a dominant pitcher of his day. His 3,701 strikeouts rank fifth all-time.
Tigers juggle lineup for finale
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Tigers went with a different lineup on Sunday as they tried to take the finale of a four-game series with the Twins.
Infielder Carlos Guillen and catcher Alex Avila both got the day off, with Victor Martinez assuming the catching duties.
Avila, who's struggled at the plate in July, needed some rest, according to skipper Jim Leyland.
"He's probably a little bit tired, that's why he's getting a rest today," Leyland said. "With all the hoopla with the All-Star game, he's had a lot going on for a young guy."
Additions to Sunday's lineup included Austin Jackson in center field, Ryan Raburn in right field, Ramon Santiago at second base and the newest Tiger, Wilson Betemit, at third base.
Brandon Inge is expected to report to Triple-A Toledo early this week in an attempt to find his swing. Inge has to clear waivers first, which the Tigers expect him to do because of his two-year contract. In 215 at-bats this season, Inge is hitting just .177 with one home run and 17 RBIs. Inge has struck out 60 times.
Joe Kieser is a contributor to MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.