Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 10/17/13

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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