Acta keeping Sizemore fresh as DH

Acta keeping Sizemore fresh as DH

DETROIT -- It may have only resulted in one run scored, but it resulted in a win, and so manager Manny Acta went with a similar lineup on Tuesday against the Tigers.

On Monday, Acta moved Grady Sizemore to the leadoff spot in front of Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo, in that order. Sizemore has been a leadoff hitter for most of his career, but before Monday he hadn't hit in that spot since May 10 -- when we went 1-for-4.

Sizemore missed much of last season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee and missed time early this season with an injury to the other knee. The fact that designated hitter Travis Hafner is on the disabled list means that Acta can use Sizemore in that role to keep his legs fresh.

"We knew that he was going to have to battle through all of this," Acta said. "He is coming back from microfracture surgery and coming back from the DL. Still, even if he didn't go to the DL, he was going to be monitored with the amount of games a week that he was going to be playing.

"Now, because of Hafner being on the DL, we have the luxury to DH him a little bit more, keeping him off his legs in the outfield. He's been fine so far. Obviously, when he started the season, he was swinging the bat better, but it comes and goes, just like everybody else."

Sizemore is hitting .254 with seven home runs in 33 games.