ARLINGTON -- Manager Jim Leyland said after Monday's game that the Tigers need to figure out what is going on with starter Max Scherzer's slider. He has struggled with the pitch of late.
Leyland said it's a matter of going to the video. He said pitching coach Rick Knapp and Scherzer will review it, and in this instance, Leyland will, too, even though he doesn't usually watch much video.
"You look at one that's good and one that's not so good," Leyland said, "and you try to find that difference."
Scherzer was upset with his outing Monday, even though he picked up his seventh victory of the season. Scherzer, who started the season 6-0, felt he left too many fastballs in the strike zone.
Jackson making steady improvement
ARLINGTON -- The Austin Jackson questions usually pop for manager Jim Leyland on trips to Texas -- the center fielder is from nearby Denton -- so Tuesday was no different in the visiting manager's office.
Jackson, in his second year, has hit better of late after getting off to a slow start. He is batting .293 in his last 34 games and is 8-for-19 on the current road trip entering Tuesday. Jackson had three hits back in his home state in Monday's 13-7 win.
Leyland said Jackson has handled his sophomore season pretty well. The 24-year-old center fielder batted just .178 with two stolen bases in April.
"His temperament is tremendous," Leyland said. "I saw him get a little frustrated earlier in the year, but he doesn't get too up and down."
Leyland said he's not worried about any changes Jackson has made to his workout program. Jackson put on 15 pounds during the offseason.
"I'm not worried about anything about that," Leyland said. "All you guys are worried about that. I'm not. I like Austin Jackson the way he is. He's going to be fine. Everybody wants to rush. Everybody wants to make a senior out of a freshman."
Brennan Boesch became only the fifth player in Tigers history to collect three runs scored, five hits, two home runs and five RBIs in a single game. He joined Ty Cobb (1925), Hank Greenberg (1937), Charlie Gehringer (1937) and Carlos Pena (2004), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Tigers optioned catcher Omir Santos to Triple-A Toledo after Tuesday's game and activated Phil Coke from the disabled list to start Wednesday.
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.