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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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Austin Jackson went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the Tigers dropped the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians.
Jackson got the Tigers on the board with an RBI single in the fifth inning, but they failed to generate much offense against Corey Kluber the remainder of the ballgame. He's hitting .322 (19-for-59) since moving to the leadoff spot in the Tigers lineup on July 1. Jul 19 - 4:22 PM

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Austin Jackson went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored, leading the Tigers to a 2-1 victory over the Royals in Kansas City on Friday.

Jackson got the Tigers offense started quickly, leading the game off with a double and quickly coming around to score on an RBI single by Ian Kinsler. He appears to be much more comfortable at the plate since moving back to his customary leadoff spot in the order. With the three-hit attack, he's now hitting .251/.314/.368 with three homers and 24 RBI on the season.
Jul 11 - 11:21 PM

Austin Jackson doubled, tripled and scored a pair of runs in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

Batting from the leadoff spot for the eighth time in the last 10 games, Jackson tripled and scored in the first before doubling and scoring in the eighth. The move up to the leadoff spot would obviously be nice for his fantasy value, but he's likely to move back down in the order when Victor Martinez (side) returns.
Jul 9 - 4:02 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus clarified Saturday that Austin Jackson has no injury to report, he's just resting for Saturday's contest against the Astros.

Jackson was in the team's initial lineup, but scratched from the revised version, leading some to speculate that there may be an injury afoot. With as hot as J.D. Martinez has been, the Tigers other outfielders have had to give up some at-bats in order to keep Martinez in the lineup on a daily basis.
Jun 28 - 2:45 PM

Austin Jackson was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup against the Astros.

No word yet on the reasoning behind the change, but Jackson was in the team's initial lineup. Rajai Davis will start in center field in his absence.
Jun 28 - 2:08 PM

Austin Jackson swatted a two-run homer on Friday, helping to lead the Tigers to a 7-2 victory over the Rangers.

The victory snaps a season-high four game losing streak for the Tigers. Jackson's two-run blast came off Scott Baker in the second inning, tying the game at 2-2. He finished the night 2-for-4, raising his season slash to .260/.331/.420 to go along with three homers and 15 RBI.
May 23 - 9:56 PM

Austin Jackson had a nice night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Twins, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Jackson also swiped his fifth base of the season in the contest. He's off to a terrific start with the bat, slashing .305/.379/.476 with a pair of homers and 10 RBI.
May 9 - 10:52 PM

Austin Jackson is not in the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

It appears to just be a day of rest for the outfielder. Don Kelly is taking Jackson's spot in center field.
May 7 - 3:37 PM

Austin Jackson went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base in a losing effort against the Twins in Minnesota on Saturday.

The 27-year-old outfielder has taken very well to hitting fifth in the Tigers lineup this season, hitting .314/.381/.543 with two homers, nine RBI and a pair of stolen bases in his first 20 games.
Apr 26 - 7:17 PM

Austin Jackson is not in Tuesday's lineup against the White Sox.

He's presumably getting the day off. Rajai Davis will make the start in center field and bat leadoff while the recently-recalled J.D. Martinez will start in left.
Apr 22 - 2:32 PM

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.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 30 - 6:03 PM

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Andrew Romine
3Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Andy Dirks
2Rajai Davis
3J.D. Martinez
CF1Austin Jackson
2Don Kelly
RF1Torii Hunter
2J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Max Scherzer
3Anibal Sanchez
4Rick Porcello
5Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joel Hanrahan
3Joba Chamberlain
4Ian Krol
5Al Alburquerque
6Phil Coke
7Blaine Hardy
8Chad Smith
9Patrick McCoy
10Luke Putkonen
11Bruce Rondon