Remember when everyone wanted to know who would bat leadoff for the Detroit Tigers? Alex Avila does. "Before Austin (Jackson) got here, that was a big deal," he said. When Jackson arrived and settled that question, attention turned to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, as in, who would bat second? No one is asking that question these days, not when one has hit safely in every game this season (Jackson) and the other (Torii Hunter) is on a nine-game hitting streak. "They are on fire right now," Avila said. "They set the table for everybody else. They create runs, too. It's been fun to watch." And fun to be a part of. Said Hunter: "Austin Jackson has been awesome at the top. He's the one that is setting the tone for all of us. ... I'm just trying to serve it up for those big guys." Yes, he means Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez, who joined the fun Sunday at O.co Coliseum by driving in a run after A's manager Bob Melvin intentionally walked Fielder. Hunter said he never has been part of a lineup quite this talented. "This team, they are professional," Hunter said. "These guys are big power guys and you think they just swing (away). No, they have great at-bats, intense at-bats, and they grind. They will take base hits over homers. This is a good group of guys. If we just stay healthy ..." This is a fair question, considering the age of Hunter (37) and Martinez (34). But Cabrera and Fielder are in the middle of their primes. And Jackson?
Tigers table-setters Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter on fire
Detroit Free Press | Apr 15