Austin Jackson’s move down in the Tigers’ lineup was a step up

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DETROIT — When the text message came through, Austin Jackson was asleep.

It was a strange text to wake up to.

With the Tigers struggling to produce runs, manager Jim Leyland was planning on shaking things up.

He just wanted to let everyone know.

The way things had gone for Jackson in the postseason, he could feel a change coming.

“I was thinking a lineup change. When you’re trying to get yourself going a little bit, you’ve got to mix things up,” he said.

In three games, Tigers center fielder Jackson had exhausted almost every possible way to make an out.

He had grounded out four times, lined out once, flown out twice and struck out five times (all swinging).

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