Detroit Tigers veteran Jhonny Peralta will start in left field for Game 3 of the American League Division Series manager Jim Leyland said today.

Peralta hasn't played in a meaningful game since he accepted a 50-game suspension in early August related to the Biogenesis investigation.

Peralta did play the Tigers' last three games of the regular season after completing his sanctions.

Leyland's reasons for the move are clear: Peralta gives the Tigers their best chance to break out offensively after scoring three runs in the first two games of the ALDS against Oakland. The series stands tied at 1-1 going into Monday's 1:07 p.m. Game 3 at Comerica Park.

"I think we need to try to get another extra-base bat in the lineup because we've got to try to score some runs obviously" Leyland said.

Peralta's relationship with Biogenesis the Florida-based clinic through which several Major League Baseball players were found to have received banned performance enhancers has loomed over the Tigers since before the season started.

Teammate Max Scherzer in particular denounced Peralta and others involved. There was some question whether the Tigers would allow Peralta who will be a free agent after this season to return following his suspension.

Leyland said Sunday that it was not predetermined that Peralta would shift into the lineup for Game 3 but added he "kind of wanted to look at it."