DETROIT -- The lineup tweaks worked out so well in Game 4 that Jim Leyland said he would likely stick with the same one for Game 5.
But he couldn't help himself.
With the Red Sox sending lefthander Jon Lester to the mound, the Tigers manager moved the righthanded-hitting Omar Infante up a spot in the order to the 6-hole and slid lefty Alex Avila down to No. 7.
Infante is hitting just .143 in the series, but he hit .301 this year against lefties. Avila is 3 for 11 in the series and hit just .139 against lefties this season, despite going 4 for 9 against Lester.
Even though the Tigers were able to sprint out to a big lead in Game 4, Leyland said he didn't think shaking up the lineup was as big a deal as it was made out to be.
"I don't think the lineup was a big factor at all," Leyland said. "I don't think it had anything to do with us necessarily winning the game.
"It did do one thing. I think by his own admission, I think it did relax Austin Jackson a little bit, so that was mission accomplished. The lineup wasn't really a drastic change as much as people are making a big deal about it.
"We moved some guys up, but it wasn't a drastic lineup change in my opinion. The one mission was to try to get Austin maybe away from it a little bit and have him relax a little bit and he did a terrific job and had a terrific game. So from that standpoint, the mission was accomplished."