Scuffling Boesch moves down to seventh spot

Scuffling Boesch moves down to seventh spot

Scuffling Boesch moves down to seventh spot
MINNEAPOLIS -- Right fielder Brennan Boesch's recent troubles at the plate were enough for Tigers manager Jim Leyland to slide him down in his batting order on Monday.

Leyland hit Boesch seventh instead of fifth in Detroit's series opener against the Twins. Leyland slotted Alex Avila in the No. 5 spot behind cleanup hitter Prince Fielder.

Boesch entered the contest with just one hit in his last 10 at-bats. His struggles were encapsulated in a pinch-hit appearance in Saturday's 2-1 loss at Texas, with Boesch grounding out on the first pitch he saw from the Rangers' Mike Adams.

Leyland said he doesn't believe hitting behind Fielder is the problem for Boesch. The right fielder is hitting .250 on the season with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs, but he hasn't homered since July 22. His only two extra-base hits this month came against Cleveland on Aug. 4.