KANSAS CITY -- Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder rightfully get a lot of attention for the power they bring to the Tigers' lineup.
But leadoff hitter Austin Jackson also deserves a lot of credit for what he is bringing to the offense.
Jackson, who went 1-for-3 with a leadoff homer in Monday's 3-2 victory over the Royals, leads the American League with an on-base percentage of .511. Jackson is tied for first in runs scored (11) and is tied for second in batting average (.405).
"When [Jackson] gets on base, we're a little more exciting than normal," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We're not a real exciting team, to be honest with you. We're more of a 'hit it over the fence' team. But when he gets on, that changes it a little bit."