Dirks moved to No. 2, Boesch down to No. 8

Dirks moved to No. 2, Boesch down to No. 8

Dirks moved to No. 2, Boesch down to No. 8
DETROIT -- Manager Jim Leyland isn't happy his team hasn't been scoring runs at the pace its capable of. So for Sunday's series finale against the White Sox, the skipper tweaked the lineup.

It wasn't a major move, but Leyland brought left fielder Andy Dirks up to the No. 2 spot and dropped Brennan Boesch to eighth. Dirks is batting .313 in 15 games this season, whereas Boesch's average sits at .205 over 27 games.

However, Leyland said the move was less about batting averages than it was about trying to spark some life into the Tigers' offense.

"I'm just changing it up," Leyland said before his team grabbed a 3-1 victory. "It's got just a different look. Maybe Dirks can move the ball around a little bit better. Maybe we can play a little bit different style.

"I'm doing this to see if it can maybe jump-start us a little bit and at the same time maybe help [Boesch] out a little bit. This isn't punishment, this is just common sense for a manager."

Dirks went 2-for-5 with a solo homer on Sunday, while Boesch is just 2-for-21 over his past five games after going 0-for-4.

Before sustaining a season-ending left thumb injury in 2011, Boesch hit .283 with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs. The breakout potential is undoubtedly there, but Leyland said it's a matter of the talented 27-year-old calming his nerves.

"The one thing that he has to learn to do to max out his ability at some point in his career, which I definitely think he will, but one thing he has to do, is he has to learn to relax," Leyland said. "He wants to do so good so bad that sometimes it works against him."