Jackson started the first six games of the season in center for Seattle and hit .231 with a double in 28 plate appearances. Ackley is hitting .235 with 12 home runs in 484 plate appearances while batting lead off in his career.
The Dodgers are currently the favorites (-123) over the Mariners Monday.
"The main focus for me at the top of the order obviously is to get on base for those guys," said the 28-year-old. "You have guys capable of changing the game with one swing, so anything I can do to get on base is just going to be a plus."
Jackson hit .256 last season with 47 RBI and 20 stolen bases in stints between Seattle and Detroit.
"It's just about being comfortable and really just being fearless with it. That's the mindset," said Jackson. "You can't worry about getting thrown out or anything that's going to cause you to not get the best jump. It's them putting it in my head that if you think you can get it, try. You're never going to steal a base if you don't try."
"I like Rickie as a leadoff hitter, too," McClendon said Wednesday. "Austin led off yesterday, Rickie is leading off today. I’m just playing with things. That’s all."
McClendon indicated that both players have different strengths that could be a fit atop the lineup.
"Every player is different. They all have their strengths and weaknesses," McClendon said. "Rickie has close to 3,000 at-bats in the leadoff spot and 100 home runs. There’s a lot to like about him there. Austin is a speed guy that hits a lot of triples and doubles. They both bring a lot to the table."
Weeks is expected to split time in left field with Dustin Ackley this season.
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Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is hoping to keep Jackson fresh for the entire season and doesn't want to burn him out. After only sitting out eight games a year ago with both the Tigers and the Mariners, McClendon is expecting for Jackson to play in fewer games during the upcoming season.
"He played 154 games last year; that's too many for a center fielder with his frame," McClendon said, per MLB.com. "It wears you down. We're going to do our best to knock that number down a bit."
In his five-year career, Jackson has hit .274. Jackson played 100 games for the Tigers in 2014 before being dealt to the Mariners, in the middle of a game against the White Sox, just before the MLB trade deadline.
The Mariners started Jackson in every game in August and September after being acquired in a three-team deal at the trading deadline, and he hit just .229/.267/.260 in 223 at-bats with his new team after posting a .730 OPS with the Tigers before the trade.
"He didn't play as well as he could have when he came over from an offensive standpoint, but I think he won a lot of games with his defense," McClendon said. "He's a better player from the offensive side of the ball than he showed in September. We probably played him a little bit more than we should have down the stretch, because I just had so much confidence in his defense. I think he's the type of player that probably needs a game off to stay strong throughout the year. You look at his frame and he's such a greyhound. The grind can get to him a little at times. So I would suspect that we'd rest him at least once a week."
Jackson's struggles with the Mariners led to the worst offensive numbers of his career. He believes making adjustmets to his approach at Safeco Field will boost his production at the plate.
"Any field you play on, you've got to make adjustments with how you're hitting," Jackson said. "The best thing there is trying to stay out of the air. A lot of balls get run down. You want to hit line drives and put it on the ground as much as possible."
Already a valuable asset for his defense, Jackson has hit .274/.336/.402 during his five-year career.
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|4/17/2015 vs Texas|
|vs Anderson (Career)||10||1||0||.100||.100||.100|
|Last 7 Games|
|Complete Game Log|
| 5 || 6 |
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|More Batting Stats|
|Postseason Batting Stats|
|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2012||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||2||8||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||0||1||.222||.125||.125|
|2013||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||3||13||1||3||0||0||0||1||1||5||0||0||.286||.231||.231|
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