Torii temporarily dropped to fifth in batting order

Torii temporarily dropped to fifth in batting order

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus preferred Rajai Davis in the leadoff spot against Rangers right-hander Scott Baker on Friday, thus dropping Torii Hunter down to fifth in the order.

"As of right now, it's just for today," Ausmus said. "Torii's done very well in the two-hole, so I'm certainly not committing to moving him anywhere else."

Ausmus is reluctant to separate Davis from Ian Kinsler, who batted second Friday night.

"I like the idea of having two shots at getting a couple guys on with speed," he said.

Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.