Managers walk a fine line between conveying a sense of panic and making moves when a change is called for.
Jim Leyland didn’t want anyone to read anything extra into his dropping of his season-long No. 2 hitter, Brennan Boesch, down to the eight spot in his batting order. He was replaced by Andy Dirks as the man behind leadoff hitter Austin Jackson.
“I’m just changing it up,” Leyland said. “I just want to give it a different look. Dirks can move the ball around a little better.”
Dirks moved the ball on the ground up the middle for a single after Jackson hit a leadoff home run in the first. He moved the ball over the right-field fence in the eighth, giving Detroit an insurance run in a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
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