Red Sox-Tigers lineup: Detroit shuffles its order

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Red Sox-Tigers lineup: Detroit shuffles its order

DETROIT -- When asked after Game 3's 1-0 loss if he'd be making any lineup changes in light of the Tigers' offensive struggles over the first three games of the ALCS, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he didn't think so.

"I don't think you really do anything with the lineup," he said. "You're certainly not going to take [Miguel] Cabrera out of the 3 hole and [Prince] Fielder (out of the cleanup spot). And if we had something down at the bottom that was really hot, you might think about pushing them up on top, but that's not the case."

But after sleeping on it, Leyland changed his mind. He dropped leadoff hitter Austin Jackson -- hitting .091 (3-for-33) in eight postseason games so far -- down to the No. 8 position and moved everyone else up one spot in the order. So Cabrera has been taken out of the 3 hole; he's batting second. And Fielder's now hitting third.

The Tigers' lineup:

Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Jhonny Peralta LF
Alex Avila C
Omar Infante 2B
Austin Jackson CF
Jose Iglesias SS
Doug Fister P

The Red Sox lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Stephen Drew SS
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Jake Peavy P

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