Detroit – Dixon Machado started at second base for the Detroit Tigers on Sunday and hit in the lead-off spot in Brad Ausmus’ batting order.

Ostensibly, it was a well-earned day off for Ian Kinsler, who hasn’t had a day off since the All-Star break. But you might want to get used to seeing Machado’s name in the lineup these next two months.

“I think at some point, the Detroit Tigers are going to have to find out if he is (an everyday player),” Ausmus said. “He has certainly played well in the role he is in.”

In 41 games this season, Machado is hitting .313 with a .352 on-base percentage. In the 21 games that he started, he hit .324 with a .356 on-base percentage, with a double, triple, home run and seven RBIs.

“I would think at some point, whether it’s later this year or next year, I just think he has shown enough that you want to find out if he’s a guy that can play on a regular basis.”

Machado had a productive day Sunday. He was on base three times (walk, safe on an error and singled). He scored once and knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly. He also made a highlight-reel pick on a hard-hit grounder in the ninth inning.

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Machado has played 15 games at shortstop and 17 at second base. Jose Iglesias, the starting shortstop, has been the subject of trade rumors since last winter and will be entering his final year of arbitration.

Kinsler is likely playing his final season in Detroit.

The door is finally opening for Machado.

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