Seattle Mariners Friday Five: Things To Watch For This Weekend

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Jul 31, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson leaves the filed in the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

1- The Return Of Austin Jackson To Motown

This three-game series marks the return of Austin Jackson to Detroit for the first time since being traded on the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. The move also included Tampa Bay sending David Price to Detroit.

In Jackson’s first 12 games with Seattle, he is batting .250 (12-for-48) with five RBI and six runs scored. Being reunited with his former hitting coach, now Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon, has no doubt made the transition a little easier for the 27-year old.

The game is also the first back in Detroit for Skipper McClendon against the team he called home for the previous eight seasons. Detroit came to Safeco earlier this season with the Mariners taking two of the three games.

The challenge for both Jackson and McClendon will be to put the emotions aside once the game starts and try to take sole possession of that 2nd wild-card spot.

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