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Whether or not the Detroit Tigers' bats woke up Wednesday night because manager Jim Leyland sent his hitters to the plate in a different order is debatable, but the move apparently jolted outfielder Austin Jackson out of his slumber in more ways than one. Jackson said he woke up to the news that he was bumped from his familiar leadoff spot to batting eighth in Game 4 against the Red Sox via text message from hitting coach Lloyd McClendon. After the Tigers won 7-3, the struggling Jackson admitted he got the text while "in bed asleep." "It was weird to wake up to a text message," he said. Despite the rude awakening, Jackson —who has been mired in a horrendous postseason slump (3-for-33, 18 strikeouts) — responded just as Leyland hoped he would. Jackson's first plate appearance of the night came in a big spot. With one out in the second inning, Jackson stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. He drew a four-pitch walk, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. That set the tone for the rest of the night, as Jackson went 2-for-2 with two walks, two RBIs, a run scored and his first stolen base since Sept. 17. "I figured it was gonna come sooner or later," said Jackson about the demotion. Your browser does not support iframes.
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A revitalized Austin Jackson delivered in manager Jim Leyland's revamped lineup as the Detroit Tigers built a big lead and held on this time, beating the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Wednesday night to even the AL championship series 2-2.
Torii Hunter had a two-run double and Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs after Leyland dropped the slumping Jackson to eighth in the order and moved almost...
Detroit’s revamped lineup Wednesday resulted in early offense for the Tigers, who tied the American League Championship Series with a 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. Torii Hunter had a two-run double and Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs after manager Jim Leyland moved Austin Jackson out of the lineup’s top spot and moved him to eighth in
In the 2013 Major League Baseball playoffs, runs have been hard to come by at times. What I have noticed is that managers are choosing not to change their strategy and they continue to play status quo ball. They are sticking with trying for the long ball and not extending counts on pitchers often enough. Hitters are popping up or hitting into numerous double play balls. Bunts, walks...
By DANA WAKIJIFOXSportsDetroit.com
DETROIT -- As Tigers manager Jim Leyland said, "We had to do something."
That something was moving Austin Jackson out of the leadoff spot to eighth in the lineup for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday.
"I think I"m actually doing Austin Jackson a favor," Leyland said. "I think he's...
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland juggled his lineup for game four Wednesday night at Comerica Park and it produced immediate results. The Tigers slumping bats came alive and helped then to tie the American League Championship Series at two games a piece with a, 7-3, win.
The Tigers new lineup didn’t automatically mean they would score runs but it did increase their probability...
Three thoughts on the Detroit Tigers' 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series:
1. Lineup of the future?
Judging by the reaction on Twitter, some sabermetricians practically wept with joy when Tigers manager Jim Leyland dropped Austin Jackson from first to eighth and moved most of his other hitters up one spot...
Detroit manager Jim Leyland is shaking up his lineup before Game 4 of the AL championship series.
Torii Hunter will bat leadoff for the Tigers and Miguel Cabrera is hitting second. Slumping outfielder Austin Jackson - the usual leadoff hitter - has been dropped to eighth in the order.
Detroit trails 2-1 in the series after losing 1-0 in the Game 3. The Tigers have gotten great...
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is considering using designated hitter Victor Martinez as the starting catcher in Game 6 of the ALCS in Boston on Saturday.
Leyland's usual starting catcher, Alex Avila, is day-to-day with a strained left knee suffered in a home-plate collision during Thursday's Game 5 loss to the Red Sox.
"That's been thought about, yes,"...
Churn, baby, churn.
Jim Leyland said Wednesday that he wanted to “churn up the butter a little bit,” which led to a shuffled lineup against Jake Peavy in Game 4 of the ALCS. Leyland’s batch of better butter wasted no time getting on a roll, as the Tigers scored five times in the second inning en route to a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox.
Leyland’s biggest change to Detroit’s...
Erin Andrews‘ job for the 2013 ALCS is, for the most part, to stand in front of a camera and chat with players or fellow broadcasters. There aren’t too many rules in place but one major no-no is getting names wrong.
Apparently, that’s too much to ask.
Andrews had a rough Game 3 in Detroit, first calling Detroit skipper Jim Leyland “Joe Leyland” and, in a postgame interview...