With Austin Jackson on the disabled list and a left-handed pitcher starting for the Texas Rangers on Sunday, it was an easy decision for Tigers manager Jim Leyland to make.
Omar Infante would bat leadoff. No question about it.

"If you look at the lineup, who else would you lead off?" Leyland asked. "That's kind of common sense. A no-brainer."

Leyland told reporters last week that Infante would likely be among one of two candidates hitting atop the lineup against left-handers with Jackson sidelined.

The other option? Avisail Garcia. But, given Leyland's answer when asked about his decision to lead off with Infante Sunday, it appears Garcia wasn't strongly considered.

"I guess the only other guy you'd think about is Garcia and I don't want to do that," Leyland said. "If you look at that lineup, tell your fans that are calling in, ask them who they would lead off."

It was the second time this year Infante led off. He responded by going 2-for-5 with two runs scored in Sunday's 11-8 loss.

Given his speed and his right-handed bat, Infante seems to be the most logical choice to bat leadoff. Garcia, who was called up from Triple-A Toledo on Monday, could receive consideration, but the 21-year-old has limited experience in the majors.

"I don't mind people having fun with the lineup and I agree sometimes that a guy should be moved here or there, but this is, without question, a no-brainer," Leyland said.