Jackson could get day off Wednesday

Though the Tigers offense broke out of its funk a little bit in Tuesday’s 7-4 loss, it didn’t come from Austin Jackson, who went 0-for-4 with a walk. He didn’t strike out, and he made contact in two-strike counts, but he fell to 2-for-21 for the homestand and 2-for-29 over the last eight days.

He has played every inning of every game so far this season, but manager Jim Leyland said after Tuesday’s game that he might give Jackson the game off Wednesday and start Don Kelly in center for a game.

Kelly started at third and first base over the weekend, and in left field last Thursday. He has been a late-inning substitute in right field four times. He hasn’t started in center field since last May 5, but with Andy Dirks coming off a left hamstring injury, he’s the best option for a spot start the Tigers have.

For what it’s worth, Jackson is 3-for-10 with a double for his career off M’s starter Felix Hernandez. Kelly is 0-for-3 against him.


wat is dirks status? if he was going to be out this long why was he not place on the 15 day DL and someone else brought up? ….or was that a convienient way to get DI and RR some undeserved extra at bats? I’m pretty sure RR can still work on his swing at 5/3 park just saying….


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