After trading centerfielder Curtis Granderson to the Yankees as part of a three-team deal that brought outfield prospect Austin Jackson and relief pitcher Phil Coke from the Yankees, the Tigers then signed free agent Johnny Damon, the man Granderson was brought to New York to replace.

The two teams meet for the first time this season when they start a three-game series tonight at Comerica Park. So far, the Tigers couldn't be more pleased with Jackson, who comes into the series as the leading hitter in the American League with a .371 batting average and an AL-best 49 hits. Coke also has been solid out of the bullpen, but it's rookie Jackson who is inspiring the most optimism about the long-term result of the deal.

Jackson has tremendous speed and run-scoring ability in the leadoff position in the batting order. True, he has struck out 37 times, but he's definitely been a catalyst for the offense. Granderson remains on the disabled list for the Yankees with a strained groin. He had 30 home runs last year and figures to provide more power than Jackson, but he's only hitting .225 in the 23 games he's played.

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After a slow start, Damon has recovered to boost his average to .294 with the help of a recent 15-game hitting streak. He told the Detroit News in this article that, as much as he enoyed his time with the Yankees, he has moved on mentally.

Here's what the Yankees said about Damon to Newsday's Anthony Rieber on Sunday in Boston.