DETROIT -- The man who has been so dangerous leading off games for the Tigers saved them with his game-ending catch on Sunday night.
On Monday afternoon, Austin Jackson had a rare day off. It served two purposes for manager Jim Leyland. First, he wanted to get Jackson off his feet for a day before the stretch run, and a day game after a late-night game. It came in the midst of a 9-for-24 stretch for Jackson, but Leyland is hoping that keeping him fresh will prolong it.
Second, it was an opportunity for a rare start for Quintin Berry.
"I don't want Berry to be the forgotten soul here," Leyland said. "He did a good job [earlier in the season], and if you pick your spot, [he can be productive]."
Berry has had one start in center since Jackson returned from the disabled list in mid-June. That was Aug. 9, and Jackson still played the final three innings.
As for the catch in the ninth inning Sunday night, Jackson said the line drive fooled him a bit before he went into full retreat and reached up for the grab.
"The thing is, off the bat, I was thinking that it was going to be a low line drive where I had to run in and make a catch," Jackson said. "Then I realized it was hit a lot better than I thought it was, and I had to retrace my steps a bit and get back."