DETROIT, JUNE 28 -- Baltimore Orioles second baseman Rick Burleson, out of the starting lineup for the seventh time in eight games, took his complaints to Manager Cal Ripken Sr., then to the media today.

It was the second time Burleson met with Ripken to complain about not playing. Today's meeting lasted about 50 minutes.

Burleson said he did most of the talking because "I had some things to get off my chest." He revealed many of them to reporters and said he also would say them to General Manager Hank Peters.

"I think I should be playing," he said. "That's my opinion, and I don't really care what the television people or fans think. I have to do with what I feel, and from what I've seen, I should be playing. It's really difficult for me to say much because my statistics don't back up what I'm saying. But I do feel I can do the job in the field."

Burleson, batting .203, essentially hasn't had his average above the low .200s all season.

His $450,000 contract will become guaranteed for next season if he gets 100 starts in 1987. He has started 52 of the first 75 games, but Ripken denied that Burleson's contract had anything to do with Alan Wiggins being in the starting lineup.

"I don't know anything about contracts and don't want to know," Ripken said. Of the meeting, he said, "I listened, mostly, and I basically said I'd been juggling the lineup looking for something that would work. The same thing happened on the West Coast trip when we were winning. Wiggins wasn't playing, and he wasn't happy about it, either. I think this has been going on in baseball for about 116 years."

Burleson said his contract was irrelevant because he hasn't decided whether he will play next year. He repeated earlier statements that the media has sided with Wiggins and influenced fans to favor Wiggins.

"You have to understand the Baltimore Orioles this year," Burleson said. "You've got Ray Knight and Terry Kennedy having fantastic seasons. Mike Boddicker is holding up the pitching staff. But {Saturday}, the story was that Wiggins had a migraine headache. That's bull. That's not what this team is all about, and the press has made him out to be something he's not. Those kind of things pull a team apart."

Several other players disagree, and one one said, "Wiggins is hitting .259 and getting on base, and {Burleson is} hitting .200. Who's he kidding? He just wants to play. Big deal."

Burleson said he will continue to press the point.

"I have to believe I can still play," he said. "I don't care what anyone else thinks. I'm not going to quit, and I am going to keep fighting for what I believe."