Austin Jackson CF SEA 10 Months

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced his starting lineup for Monday's opener against the Royals, with Austin Jackson occupying the fifth spot in the order.

The speedy outfielder demolished the baseball in Grapefruit League play, slashing .429/.458/.696 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI. He's been the Tigers primary leadoff hitter during his four years with the team, but should see more RBI chances in his new role. The rest of the Tigers lineup behind Justin Verlander on Monday looks like: Ian Kinsler 2B, Torii Hunter RF, Miguel Cabrera 1B, Victor Martinez DH, Austin Jackson CF, Alex Avila C, Nick Castellanos 3B, Alex Gonzalez SS and Rajai Davis LF.

Austin Jackson CF SEA 11 Months

Austin Jackson went 3-for-3 with a triple on Thursday to raise his spring average to .520.

Jackson keeps hitting even when the rest of the Tigers don't; everyone else combined to go 4-for-30 today. Jackson, who has been hitting fifth and sixth, is 13-for-25 in nine games this spring. Since the switch is "working," it doesn't seem likely that Brad Ausmus will be tempted to put him back into the leadoff spot before Opening Day.

Austin Jackson CF SEA 11 Months

Austin Jackson continued his hot hitting Tuesday, homering to score the Tigers' only two runs against the Pirates.

Jackson also walked, He's 8-for-13 while batting fifth and sixth for the Tigers this spring.

Austin Jackson CF SEA 11 Months

Austin Jackson went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI in the Tigers' 8-5 win over the Cardinals on Monday.

A World Series preview? Jackson is tearing it up so far this spring, having started off 7-for-11. Unfortunately, he's been doing it as a No. 5 and No. 6 hitter in the Detroit lineup. He might be stuck batting behind a couple of slow-pokes in Victor Martinez and Alex Avila against right-handers, which wouldn't be much of a boon for his RBI numbers. And, of course, he'll lose a ton of runs scored.

Austin Jackson CF SEA 11 Months

Austin Jackson went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the Tigers' 5-2 defeat of the Braves on Thursday.

Jackson hit fifth yesterday and sixth today, even though likely leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler was out of the lineup. It seems Brad Ausmus views him as more of a middle-of-the-order guy, which could do a number on his fantasy value. If there's one positive, it's that he might be more comfortable stealing bases hitting ahead of Andy Dirks and Alex Avila than he was with Miguel Cabrera due up.

Austin Jackson CF SEA Oct 28 '79

Tigers avoided arbitration with OF Austin Jackson by agreeing to a one-year, $6 million contract.

It was Jackson's second year of arbitration eligibility. The outfielder is coming off a disappointing season that saw him bat .272/.337/.417 with 12 homers and eight steals.

Austin Jackson CF SEA Jul 29 '79

Austin Jackson went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.

Jackson has responded well to the move down to the No. 8 spot in the batting order, reaching base six times over the last two contests. There's a chance Tigers manager Jim Leyland could move him back up to the leadoff spot for Game 6, or he could just wind up sticking with what's worked.

Austin Jackson CF SEA Jul 28 '79

Austin Jackson went 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBI in the Tigers' 7-3 win over the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland moved Jackson out of the leadoff spot before Wednesday's game in an attempt to make something happen, and it turned out to be just what the doctor ordered for the center fielder. Jackson had been just 3-for-33 this postseason heading into the game but notched two singles to go along with two walks. The first walk came with the bases loaded, bringing in the Tigers' first run of the game. Jackson also drove in a run with an infield single in the fourth inning. The runs batted in were his first of the series, and he also stole his first base of the ALCS in the game.

Austin Jackson CF SEA Jul 27 '79

Austin Jackson has been dropped to eighth in the lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Jackson has really struggled out of the leadoff spot this postseason, batting just .091 (3-for-33) with 18 strikeouts, so Jim Leyland has finally decided to make a change. Torii Hunter will bat leadoff and play right field in Game 4 and will be followed by Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta, Alex Avila, Omar Infante, Jackson, and Jose Iglesias.

Austin Jackson CF SEA Jul 18 '79

Austin Jackson went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in Monday's loss to the Athletics in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Jackson, the Tigers' leadoff man, is 1-for-11 with a 7/1 K/BB ratio over the first three games of the series. It's no wonder that they have struggled to put up much offense thus far.