Boesch appears to be picking up speed

Boesch appears to be picking up speed

DETROIT -- With four hits in his first 19 at-bats, Brennan Boesch hasn't gotten off to the breakout start he had the last two years. However, Tigers manager Jim Leyland dismissed any suggestions Wednesday that the right fielder was taking poor swings.

"I think his swing's been fine," Leyland said. "He just didn't get any hits. That's been going on for years. People don't get any hits, so people don't think they're swinging good. That's not necessarily true."

Although Boesch owns a .211 batting average, the Tigers have faced Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz and Matt Moore -- four pitchers Leyland described as "nasty."

Against those four, Boesch has struck out swinging once and has taken two called third strikes. He's putting the bat on the ball, and eventually, he'll break through, Boesch said.

"The beginning of the season's different for everyone," Boesch said Tuesday. "Sometimes you start off hot and sometimes you don't. You just keep plugging away and the balls will fall."

And for Boesch, that is starting to happen. After starting 0-for-9, Boesch is hitting .400 (4-for-10) in the past two games, including two hits off Moore in the Tigers' 5-2 win Tuesday.