Because, of course it's Raburn: Former Tiger breaks up Alvarez's no-hit bid with HR in 5th
DETROIT — Of course it would be Ryan Raburn.
Because, of course.
Raburn, the ex-Tiger most recently booed out of town, earned another shower of Comerica Park displeasure Sunday when he broke up the surprising no-hit bid of minor-league free agent Jose Alvarez with a fifth-inning home run.
A minor-league free agent signing in November, Alvarez was making his Major League Baseball debut Sunday, starting in place of Anibal Sanchez, who missed the start with stiffness in his back.
All Alvarez did was no-hit the Indians through 4 2/3 innings, striking out seven before giving up his first hit.
Raburn’s seventh home run — after hitting just one all last season, in 66 games — cleared the left-field wall, and dropped into the Tigers bullpen. It was his second home run in three at-bats, having hit a solo shot in the ninth inning of Saturday’s game.
“It was great, you know. I just wish I could have done more of that last year,” Raburn said of Saturday’s homer.