It's hard to pick out a sore spot in a lineup that strung together 17 base hits. But there was one notable weakness Saturday. It was Ramon Santiago.
Santiago went hitless in four at-bats, striking out three times as he regularly fell behind in the count and oftentimes struggled to catch up with Phil Hughes' low to mid-90s fastball.

It was his first regular-season start and Leyland expected the 33-year-old to show a bit of rust, which he did. So he plugged him back in the lineup Sunday for a second straight start with hopes of jumpstarting his sluggish bat.

"You can see he looked a little tardy (Saturday) on some pitches," he said. "But the only way he's going to get back is to play a little bit."

The move irked some critics, who wondered why Jhonny Peralta and Omar Infante needed a day off so soon into the season. But resting his starters wasn't Leyland's intent.

"If you don't play Santiago, what's the day you decide to play him? Ten days into the season? Eleven days? Fifteen days? I mean, you have to keep him going a little bit," he said. "He's been hitting all spring, and getting at-bats. He got less than other guys, because he was hurt. But you want to get him out there."

Leyland didn't label the back-to-back starts as a test, per se, but he admitted he wanted to see "what (Santiago) has got." He responded by going 1-for-4 with a bloop single in his final at-bat Sunday.

While Santiago's other three at-bats all resulted in putouts, they were remarkably sharper than any of his four plate appearances Saturday.

Still, it's clear he has more cobwebs to shed, which has led some to question just how patient the Tigers will be with their utility infielder.