Patience is a virtue, but so is the ability to adapt to changing circumstances.

Managers know that those who fail to adapt in baseball fall by the wayside.

So Jim Leyland gets some credit for sticking by his time-tested veterans for nearly two-thirds of the season, and being willing to try something different when it appears the history books are being rewritten.

Leyland dumped Delmon Young for the fifth spot in the batting order Wednesday night, switching him with equally enigmatic sixth-place hitter Brennan Boesch.

The change worked for both hitters, as they played key parts in Detroit’s 7-5 victory over the Red Sox. With the win Wednesday, the Tigers wound up going 1-2 at all three cities during a nine-game road trip: Cleveland, Toronto and Boston.

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