Jackson gets day off to rest sore hamstring

Jackson gets day off to rest sore hamstring

DETROIT -- The Tigers aren't hamstrung with Austin Jackson just yet, but he's enough of a concern that manager Jim Leyland wants to keep him from becoming an injury loss.

Jackson still has soreness in his right hamstring, which has bothered him for a week. He could have played Sunday's series finale against the Indians, but Leyland wanted to give him a day off as a preventative measure so that he doesn't get to the point that he can't play.

"He can go," Leyland said, "but it's hard for him to really burn into that extra gear. So I'm just giving him a day off for precautionary reasons."

Don Kelly started in center with Jackson out, and went 1-for-3 with a walk in the 4-3 extra-inning loss to the Indians. Andy Dirks moved up to the leadoff spot, as he did when Jackson sat for a game last weekend in Houston, and was 1-for-4 with a walk.

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