Sometimes fixing a swing requires more time on the brain than on the body. This is the case for centerfielder Austin Jackson, who is beginning to resemble the gap-hitting speedster he was a year ago. It's early yet, as Tigers manager Jim Leyland pointed out Sunday afternoon after Jackson put together another solid day at the plate, "let's not push it ... on and off the bandwagon. We've just got to watch it." Leyland was cautious about Jackson after the Tigers beat the Blue Jays for the second straight day, 5-2. He was hopeful, too. "He got three hits (Saturday) and it kind of went unnoticed. He got three hits again (Sunday). Hopefully, that is a sign of things to come," Leyland said. "(If) he can get on a bit of a roll, that would be very advantageous for us." Jackson opened the game with a single. Then, during the seventh, in a 2-2 game, Jackson hit his second home run of the season. It was a two-run shot. It was the difference in the game. After spending much of the season batting below .200, Jackson raised his average to .224 after his second straight three-hit game. "I tried to stay a little more positive these last couple games and things have been working out," Jackson said.
Has Austin Jackson finally come out of slump?
Detroit Free Press | May 9