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What's new: The Tigers are 8-9 since obtaining Rays ace David Price at the July 31 trading deadline. Price picked up his first win as a Tiger on Saturday night, allowing one run over eight strong innings against the Mariners. Detroit has a loaded pitching staff, but don't ignore its hitters. Miguel Cabrera's double Saturday night was his league-leading 40th of the year. Victor Martinez is hitting .365 with 15 RBIs in 17 games this month. He's third in the league with a .326 batting average this season.

Key stat: The Tigers lead the AL in batting (.273), hits (1,150), doubles (251) and slugging (.426). They're 33-27 on the road and 4-6 in extra-inning games.

Connections: Price ranks among the Rays' all-time leaders in almost every pitching category. Rays LHP Drew Smyly was traded from Detroit in the Price deal. OF Matt Joyce is also a former Tiger.

Series history: Tigers lead 61-59 overall; Rays lead 30-29 at home.

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Rays-Tigers preview 08/18/14 [Last modified: Monday, August 18, 2014 6:11pm]
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