With five left-handed starters awaiting the Tigers in a six-day stretch, it could be a trend.
The purpose is two-fold. First, hitting left-handed pitching was a primary purpose for bringing in Davis back in December, along with his speed. He has become more of an everyday left fielder with Andy Dirks out until June and Tyler Collins now back at Triple-A Toledo, and he's 12-for-39 against righties, but his strength remains hitting lefties.
Second, by batting Davis leadoff and moving Kinsler to the second spot, Ausmus frees up Torii Hunter to bat fifth. That's a thought Ausmus has had since Spring Training, stretching out the middle of the order while still keeping two table-setters at the top.
"In Spring Training, I had actually talked to Torii about hitting fifth against left-handed pitchers," Ausmus said.
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