Somewhere near the top of the Tigers wish list in spring training was a bounce-back signal from Austin Jackson.

He needed to hit. He needed to chop down on strikeouts. It was essential the only appealing choice as a Tigers leadoff hitter perform as if he and a role that can't be overestimated were a fit.

So far, Jackson resembles that 2010 rookie center fielder who hit .293 and ranked as a long-term ignition switch for manager Jim Leyland's lineup.

In yet another Tigers victory - the Tigers are 12-1-3 this spring — Jackson had a booming sacrifice fly to center field and an RBI single as part of a 15-hit lashing of the Nationals, 11-7, on Sunday at Space Coast Stadium.