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Austin Jackson | Outfielder

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/1/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced his starting lineup for Monday's opener against the Royals, with Austin Jackson occupying the fifth spot in the order.
The speedy outfielder demolished the baseball in Grapefruit League play, slashing .429/.458/.696 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI. He's been the Tigers primary leadoff hitter during his four years with the team, but should see more RBI chances in his new role. The rest of the Tigers lineup behind Justin Verlander on Monday looks like: Ian Kinsler 2B, Torii Hunter RF, Miguel Cabrera 1B, Victor Martinez DH, Austin Jackson CF, Alex Avila C, Nick Castellanos 3B, Alex Gonzalez SS and Rajai Davis LF. Mar 30 - 6:03 PM
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Austin Jackson went 3-for-3 with a triple on Thursday to raise his spring average to .520.

Jackson keeps hitting even when the rest of the Tigers don't; everyone else combined to go 4-for-30 today. Jackson, who has been hitting fifth and sixth, is 13-for-25 in nine games this spring. Since the switch is "working," it doesn't seem likely that Brad Ausmus will be tempted to put him back into the leadoff spot before Opening Day.
Mar 13 - 4:20 PM

Austin Jackson continued his hot hitting Tuesday, homering to score the Tigers' only two runs against the Pirates.

Jackson also walked, He's 8-for-13 while batting fifth and sixth for the Tigers this spring.
Mar 4 - 4:09 PM

Austin Jackson went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI against the Cardinals on Monday.

A World Series preview? Jackson is tearing it up so far this spring, having started off 7-for-11. Unfortunately, he's been doing it as a No. 5 and No. 6 hitter in the Detroit lineup. He might be stuck batting behind a couple of slow-pokes in Victor Martinez and Alex Avila against right-handers, which wouldn't be much of a boon for his RBI numbers. And, of course, he'll lose a ton of runs scored.
Mar 3 - 4:56 PM

Austin Jackson went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the Tigers' 5-2 defeat of the Braves on Thursday.

Jackson hit fifth yesterday and sixth today, even though likely leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler was out of the lineup. It seems Brad Ausmus views him as more of a middle-of-the-order guy, which could do a number on his fantasy value. If there's one positive, it's that he might be more comfortable stealing bases hitting ahead of Andy Dirks and Alex Avila than he was with Miguel Cabrera due up.
Feb 27 - 4:48 PM

Tigers avoided arbitration with OF Austin Jackson by agreeing to a one-year, $6 million contract.

It was Jackson's second year of arbitration eligibility. The outfielder is coming off a disappointing season that saw him bat .272/.337/.417 with 12 homers and eight steals.
Jan 17 - 1:12 PM

Austin Jackson went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.

Jackson has responded well to the move down to the No. 8 spot in the batting order, reaching base six times over the last two contests. There's a chance Tigers manager Jim Leyland could move him back up to the leadoff spot for Game 6, or he could just wind up sticking with what's worked.
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 12:02:00 AM

Austin Jackson went 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBI in the Tigers' 7-3 win over the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland moved Jackson out of the leadoff spot before Wednesday's game in an attempt to make something happen, and it turned out to be just what the doctor ordered for the center fielder. Jackson had been just 3-for-33 this postseason heading into the game but notched two singles to go along with two walks. The first walk came with the bases loaded, bringing in the Tigers' first run of the game. Jackson also drove in a run with an infield single in the fourth inning. The runs batted in were his first of the series, and he also stole his first base of the ALCS in the game.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 11:54:00 PM

Austin Jackson has been dropped to eighth in the lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Jackson has really struggled this postseason, batting just .091 (3-for-33) with 18 strikeouts, so Jim Leyland has decided to put Torii Hunter into the leadoff spot for Game 4. As a result, Miguel Cabrera will move into the No. 2 spot in the order. The full Detroit lineup: Hunter RF, Cabrera 3B, Prince Fielder 1B, Victor Martinez DH, Jhonny Peralta LF, Alex Avila C, Omar Infante 2B, Jackson CF, and Jose Iglesias SS.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 02:46:00 PM

Austin Jackson went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in Monday's loss to the Athletics in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Jackson, the Tigers' leadoff man, is 1-for-11 with a 7/1 K/BB ratio over the first three games of the series. It's no wonder that they have struggled to put up much offense thus far.
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 06:07:00 PM

Austin Jackson is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

With their playoff fate determined, the Tigers, are sitting out a few regulars. Miguel Cabrera, Alex Avila and Torii Hunter are also receiving some rest.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 11:10:00 AM

Austin Jackson went 3-for-5 with a home run in the Tigers' 4-2 win over the Twins on Tuesday.

Jackson's 12th home run was a two-run blast and capped the scoring in the Tigers' four-run fourth inning. He now has 98 runs, good for fourth-best in the American League, and with a strong finish Jackson could post a career-best mark in that category. His previous career high is 103, which he's done twice.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 12:10:00 AM

Austin Jackson went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and two RBI against the Mariners on Tuesday.

Amazingly enough, the stolen base was just Jackson's eighth of the season in 12 attempts. His numbers are down across the board from his breakout 2012, but the 26-year-old has still scored 95 runs batting leadoff on a good Tigers offense. A 100-run season this year would be his third in four major league seasons.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 11:04:00 PM

Austin Jackson went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts as the Tigers were shut out by the Royals on Saturday.

The Tigers offense totaled just seven hits against Ervin Santana and the Royals bullpen on Saturday, spoiling a brilliant effort from starter Doug Fister. Jackson is hitting .275/.346/.422 on the season with 11 homers, 95 runs scored and 43 RBI. He's been a disappointment for most fantasy owners however, as he's swiped just seven bases in only 11 attempts on the season.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 09:46:00 PM

Austin Jackson is back in the Tigers' starting lineup on Monday afternoon against the Red Sox.

Jackson was held out of Sunday's game after crashing into the center field wall Saturday while attempting to track down a Carlos Santana fly ball. Santana wound up with his first career inside-the-park home run and Jackson was left with some minor general soreness.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 10:44:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Alex Gonzalez
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Andy Dirks
2Rajai Davis
CF1Austin Jackson
2Don Kelly
RF1Torii Hunter
2Tyler Collins
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Max Scherzer
3Anibal Sanchez
4Rick Porcello
5Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joba Chamberlain
3Ian Krol
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Evan Reed
7Luke Putkonen
8Bruce Rondon