DETROIT -- A day after Austin Jackson struck out three times and hit into a double play in his return to the leadoff spot, manager Brad Ausmus said he was prepared to give him another shot atop the lineup Monday. A look at the batter-pitcher matchups changed his mind.
So instead of leading off, Jackson batted ninth for just the second time in his career. The other time was May 1, 2011, in his second Major League season.
Essentially, Ausmus said, he flip-flopped Jackson with Rajai Davis in the batting order. Ausmus doesn't expect to keep Jackson there.
"Just for today," Ausmus said. "Before I looked at the numbers, I was going to hit Austin there again at leadoff, but I just decided that the way Raj has played against [A's starter Scott] Kazmir, that it would be a good spot for him to lead off."
Davis was 9-for-18 off Kazmir entering Monday, with three doubles, a triple and a home run.