Austin Jackson CF SEA 6 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 6 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 7 Months

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 10 Months

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 10 Months

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 10 Months

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 11 Months

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.

Austin Jackson CF SEA 11 Months

Austin Jackson is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

With their playoff fate determined, the Tigers, are sitting out a few regulars. Miguel Cabrera, Alex Avila and Torii Hunter are also receiving some rest.

Austin Jackson CF SEA 11 Months

Austin Jackson went 3-for-5 with a home run in the Tigers' 4-2 win over the Twins on Tuesday.

Jackson's 12th home run was a two-run blast and capped the scoring in the Tigers' four-run fourth inning. He now has 98 runs, good for fourth-best in the American League, and with a strong finish Jackson could post a career-best mark in that category. His previous career high is 103, which he's done twice.

Austin Jackson CF SEA 11 Months

Austin Jackson went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and two RBI against the Mariners on Tuesday.

Amazingly enough, the stolen base was just Jackson's eighth of the season in 12 attempts. His numbers are down across the board from his breakout 2012, but the 26-year-old has still scored 95 runs batting leadoff on a good Tigers offense. A 100-run season this year would be his third in four major league seasons.