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Jackson takes Players Choice honor for top AL rookie

Tigers center fielder and leadoff man Austin Jackson won his second American League rookie honor in just over a week, this time winning the vote of his fellow Major Leaguers for AL Outstanding Rookie in the Players Choice awards.

The AL Rookie of the Year vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America won’t be announced until next month, and it’s expected to be a tough selection between Jackson and Neftali Feliz, who set a rookie record with 40 saves for the AL West champion Texas Rangers. For the time being, though, Tuesday’s selection is the second time MLB players have voted Jackson for the honor. A panel of Major Leaguers polled by The Sporting News voted Jackson for AL top rookie, as announced last week.

Jackson became just the fourth Major League rookie since 1901 to post 180 hits, 100 runs, 30 doubles, 10 triples and 25 stolen bases in the same season. The others formed a pretty distinguished club: Hanley Ramirez in 2006, Juan Samuel in 1984 and Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1911. In the outfield, Jackson’s combination of athleticism and instincts earned him a slew of highlight catches and a potential Gold Glove resume.

Tuesday: Tigers vs. Orioles

Austin Jackson gets a regular day off, no injury concerns. Don Kelly takes his place in CF and leads off against O’s rookie Jake Arrieta, who has given up a .373 average (19-for-51) and 1.118 OPS to left-handed batters this year compared with a .160 average (8-for-50) against righties.

TIGERS
  1. Kelly, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Guillen, 2B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, SS
P: Armando Galarraga
ORIOLES
  1. Corey Patterson, DH
  2. Miguel Tejada, 3B
  3. Nick Markakis, RF
  4. Ty Wigginton, 3B
  5. Adam Jones, CF
  6. Matt Wieters, C
  7. Felix Pie, LF
  8. Julio Lugo, 2B
  9. Cesar Izturis, SS
P: Jake Arrieta

Friday: Tigers at Braves

The puzzle of squeezing four outfielders into three outfield spots is a little clearer now thanks to the way Brennan Boesch is hitting lately. Jim Leyland said today that Boesch will play all three games here against the Braves this weekend. Austin Jackson, Johnny Damon and Magglio Ordonez will catch three games each. Jackson is out tonight. Not sure which game Damon or Ordonez will have off, but the key point is that Boesch is playing all three.

“I just think I’d be pretty foolish to take him out right now,” Leyland said. “I try to make it common sense when it’s all said and done, and I thought this makes sense.”

But as he also pointed out, “Our club pays a pretty big price for Interleague on the road.”

TIGERS

  1. Damon, CF
  2. Santiago, SS
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Guillen, 2B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Oliver, P

BRAVES

  1. Martin Prado, 2B
  2. Jason Heyward, RF
  3. Chipper Jones, 3B
  4. Troy Glaus, 1B
  5. Brian McCann, C
  6. Yunel Escobar, SS
  7. Omar Infante, LF
  8. Melky Cabrera, CF
  9. Kris Medlen, P

Thursday: Tigers at Mets

The way Brennan Boesch and Magglio Ordonez are hitting, it’s becoming clear that the outfield mix this week is likely to leave either Austin Jackson or Johnny Damon out of the lineup when they don’t have a DH. On Thursday, it’s Damon on the bench for the second time this series. Ryan Raburn gets the start at second base with Carlos Guillen getting a scheduled day off. Guillen supposedly felt a little tightness in his hamstring after Wednesday’s loss, but there’s no indication that it’s a big deal.

The other question for Thursday involves whether there’s anything to the notion that facing a nasty knuckleball pitcher can mess up a hitter for the next couple days. Manager Jim Leyland doesn’t buy it.

“Guys always say they worry about stuff like that,” Leyland said. “I don’t really buy that stuff. I think that’s just good talk.”

TIGERS

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Raburn, 2B
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Laird, C
  8. Worth, SS
  9. Galarraga, P

METS

  1. Jose Reyes, SS
  2. Jesus Feliciano, CF
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Ike Davis, 1B
  5. Jason Bay, LF
  6. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  7. Henry Blanco, C
  8. Ruben Tejada, 2B
  9. Hisanori Takahashi, P

Wednesday: Jackson sits vs. Mets

It isn’t a strained back this time, but the strain of four Tigers outfielders and three lineup spots that’s apparently keeping Jackson out of the lineup tonight. He says his back feels fine, and Jim Leyland doesn’t doubt it, but he hinted last night that Brennan Boesch is hitting too well right now to take out of the lineup.

Johnny Damon is back in the lineup, batting leadoff and playing in left. Ramon Santiago is the No. 2 hitter tonight, with Alex Avila behind the plate.
TIGERS
  1. Damon, LF
  2. Santiago, SS
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Guillen, 2B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Bonderman, P
METS
  1. Jose Reyes, SS
  2. Angel Pagan, CF
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Ike Davis, 1B
  5. Jason Bay, LF
  6. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  7. Henry Blanco, C
  8. Ruben Tejada, 2B
  9. R.A. Dickey, P

Boesch wins AL Rookie of the Month

For the second straight month, a Tiger has won the AL Rookie of the Month award. This time, it’s Brennan Boesch, whose torrid start turned what was supposed to be a brief call-up as an injury replacement into a starting job in the big leagues ahead of schedule.

Boesch led all Major League rookies with a .345 average (29-for-84), three home runs and 15 RBIs. He hit safely in 13 of his first 14 May contests, including a four-hit game May 15 against the Red Sox at Comerica Park and a 2-for-3, three-RBI game May 10 against the Yankees.
Boesch follows up Austin Jackson, who won the award in April. They’re the first pair of teammates to win the award in the first two months since Red Sox teammates Hideki Okajima and Dustin Pedroia in 2007.

Memorial Day: Tigers vs. Athletics

It’s a day off for Austin Jackson, with Don Kelly filling in for a day. Brennan Boesch returns to the lineup after two days off.

TIGERS

  1. Kelly, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Guillen, 2B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, SS

SP: Justin Verlander

ATHLETICS

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Daric Barton, 1B
  3. Ryan Sweeney, RF
  4. Kurt Suzuki, C
  5. Jack Cust, DH
  6. Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B
  7. Gabe Gross, LF
  8. Adam Rosales, 2B
  9. Cliff Pennington, SS

P: Trevor Cahill

Jackson could be back Tuesday

As I wrote on the site today, Austin Jackson’s left eye was almost completely swollen shut this morning, putting serious question into how many days he’ll be out of action. After Sunday’s win, however, Leyland said head athletic trainer Kevin Rand was optimistic they could get him ready for Tuesday’s series opener at Seattle.

“Kevin seems to
think he’ll be ready Tuesday,” Leyland said. “He thinks if you really work at
it, it’ll be fine by Tuesday. But I’ll take all precautionary
measures.”

That would be a huge gain for Leyland, who already has to figure out how to get through the Seattle series without cleanup hitter Miguel Cabrera. Add Jackson back at the top of the lineup, and you can potentially move Johnny Damon down towards the middle of the order if Leyland doesn’t want to bat Boesch cleanup. Ramon Santiago could stick in the second spot for a couple days.

At the very least, it helps give Leyland options, not to mention his center fielder back.

Sunday: Tigers vs. Red Sox

When we left manager Jim Leyland early Sunday morning, he was toying with the idea of starting Danny Worth at second base for this game. A few hours later, he followed through on it, putting Worth at second and batting him ninth.

Worth didn’t know he was starting when he got into the clubhouse.

“I don’t even know where the lineup is,” Worth said.

It will be a day with three rookies in the Tigers lineup, but not the reigning AL Rookie of the Month. Austin Jackson is getting a rare day off, replaced in center by Don Kelly and at leadoff by Johnny Damon. Ramon Santiago will bat second.

TIGERS

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Santiago, SS
  3. Ordonez, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Kelly, CF
  8. Avila, C
  9. Worth, 2B

P: Armando Galarraga

RED SOX

  1. Marco Scutaro, SS
  2. Jeremy Hermida, LF
  3. J.D. Drew, RF
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Mike Lowell, 3B
  7. Jason Varitek, C
  8. Bill Hall, 2B
  9. Jonathan Van Every, CF

P: John Lackey

Wednesday: Tigers vs. Royals

As expected, Austin Jackson has the day off, his first such day this season. Jim Leyland said he went with Ryan Raburn to lead off over Johnny Damon because he didn’t want to stack Raburn, Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera back to back to back, right-handed hitters all. Damon breaks up that stretch in the second spot.

Leyland said he’s going to try to give Zumaya day off today, but that he could use him if needed.
TIGERS
  1. Raburn, CF
  2. Damon, LF
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, DH
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Laird, C
  8. Sizemore, 2B
  9. Everett, SS
P: Rick Porcello
ROYALS
  1. David DeJesus, RF
  2. Scott Podsednik, LF
  3. Billy Butler, 1B
  4. Jose Guillen, DH
  5. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
  6. Mitch Maier, CF
  7. Jason Kendall, C
  8. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
  9. Chris Getz, 2B
P: Kyle Davies
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