Jim Leyland has said many times this season that anytime Austin Jackson gets on base it is "good tonic" for the Tigers. Perhaps no one in baseball gets from first to third more quickly. Jackson turns singles into doubles as well as anyone -- he did this in the fifth inning of Game 5 against the Yankees.

Jackson scored on that hit, an insurance run that proved to be the difference in the game. Yet he struggled in the opening-round series, going 2-for-16. The centerfielder has put together an inconsistent season in his second year with the Tigers.

But he played well in Detroit's lone trip to Texas this summer. The Tigers took two of three from the Rangers in June. Jackson went 7-for-16 with two doubles. He grew up in nearby Denton, some 40 miles north of Dallas, and has talked about how much he enjoys returning home to play.