Austin Jackson CF SEA 4 Months

Austin Jackson swatted a two-run homer on Friday, helping to lead the Tigers to a 7-2 victory over the Rangers.

The victory snaps a season-high four game losing streak for the Tigers. Jackson's two-run blast came off Scott Baker in the second inning, tying the game at 2-2. He finished the night 2-for-4, raising his season slash to .260/.331/.420 to go along with three homers and 15 RBI.

Austin Jackson CF SEA 4 Months

Austin Jackson had a nice night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Twins, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Jackson also swiped his fifth base of the season in the contest. He's off to a terrific start with the bat, slashing .305/.379/.476 with a pair of homers and 10 RBI.

Austin Jackson CF SEA 4 Months

Austin Jackson is not in the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

It appears to just be a day of rest for the outfielder. Don Kelly is taking Jackson's spot in center field.

Austin Jackson CF SEA 5 Months

Austin Jackson went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base in a losing effort against the Twins in Minnesota on Saturday.

The 27-year-old outfielder has taken very well to hitting fifth in the Tigers lineup this season, hitting .314/.381/.543 with two homers, nine RBI and a pair of stolen bases in his first 20 games.

Austin Jackson CF SEA 5 Months

Austin Jackson is not in Tuesday's lineup against the White Sox.

He's presumably getting the day off. Rajai Davis will make the start in center field and bat leadoff while the recently-recalled J.D. Martinez will start in left.

Austin Jackson CF SEA 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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.