DETROIT, MI - JULY 20: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers strikes out to end the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park on July 20, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Athletics won 7-5. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
What to Watch For:
1. Guillen back to where he left off - Tigers second baseman Carlos Guillen has got a hit in every game since coming off disabled list on July 16th. In the Oakland series, Guillen went 4 for 7 with a homerun and 2 RBIs. Unfortunately, he is hitless against Carl Pavano(0 for 17) and Brian Duensing(0 for 4).
2. Betemit comes to the Tigers with a better bat - New Tigers third baseman Wilson Betemit carries a .281 batting average into Minnesota. He is expected to start in the series opener Thursday night. He is 3 for 9 against Pavano and 6 for 19 against Duensing. In his last game for the Royals, Betemit played against the Twins in Minnesota going 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts. Brian Duensing started that game for the Twins.
3. Mauer slowly making his comeback - After a disappointing first half, Mauer has hit July hard. Literally, he is hitting .396 with 18 RBIs in the month of July. His average for the season is now at .297.
Tigers continue their series against the Twins on Saturday and Sunday and then it's off to Chicago for a 3-game series against the White Sox.
Series Preview Part 2 will publish Saturday morning.