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.