Found June 19, 2012 on Fox Sports Detroit:
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DETROIT (AP) -- The Tigers have been winning lately -- six victories in eight games since Austin Jackson came off the disabled list. It doesn't seem a coincidence. "He kind of gets everything started for us," said Detroit catcher Alex Avila, who is hoping to get off the DL himself this week and join Jackson in the lineup. "It's not a surprise to us that he's that important to our team." Jackson is a speedy center fielder who is tough to replace because he covers a lot of ground and helps Detroit's corner outfielders. "If you hit in his direction, make sure you hit it far enough to where he can't catch it -- in the shrubs," Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. He's also a valuable leadoff hitter, getting on base regularly for sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. Jackson's average is up to .323 after hitting .293 as a rookie two years ago and slumping to .249 last year. He already has seven homers -- just three ...
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