Tigers make big trade, White Sox win game 7-4
DETROIT — With the trade deadline minutes away, Austin Jackson saw a replacement on the top step of the dugout and realized what was happening.
“I pretty much kind of knew what was going on,” Jackson said. “Just kind of a sad moment right there knowing that last run off the field, it was pretty tough with all your teammates that you played with.”
Jackson was traded by the Tigers on Thursday in a three-team deal that brought star left-hander David Price to Detroit. But the timing of the move allowed him one last ovation from the home fans. With one out in the seventh inning of a 7-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox, Jackson was pulled from the game and made the long jog from center field to the dugout.
Left-hander Drew Smyly was also involved in the deal. He started and pitched five innings, although he didn’t have to be taken out abruptly like Jackson was.
The game quickly became a secondary concern in the Motor City when news of the trade began circulating, but Detroit lost for the fifth time in six games. Moises Sierra had four hits, and Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton added three apiece for the White Sox.
Joakim Soria (1-4) — another pitcher Detroit recently traded for — hit Paul Konerko with the bases loaded in the seventh to give the White Sox a 5-4 lead.
Abreu extended his hitting streak to 20 games.
Ronald Belisario (4-7) got the win in relief, and Jake Petricka pitched the ninth for his sixth save.
Chicago’s John Danks allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings. There had been speculation he might be dealt before the deadline.
“Truthfully it wasn’t even a topic of conversation in here between anybody,” Danks said. “There’s nothing anybody can do about it. It’s part of the game and yeah, I don’t think that had any effect on any of us to be honest.”
Instead it was Detroit’s Thursday starter who ended up being traded. Smyly pitched five innings and allowed four runs and 11 hits.
Detroit’s Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez hit back-to-back homers in the third.
SORIA’S STRUGGLES: Soria came on in the seventh in a tie game and struck out Eaton, only to have the Chicago hitter reach base on a wild pitch. After a single by Alexei Ramirez and an intentional walk to Abreu, Soria got pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie on a popup before hitting Konerko.
“I wouldn’t say that was a rough outing to be honest with you,” Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. “I know he gave up the run and he gave up that hit, but I thought it was a pretty good outing.”
AMAZING ABREU: Abreu doubled twice off Smyly and extended his hitting streak. The Chicago slugger has hit safely in 38 of his last 39 games.
Only two rookies have had longer hitting streaks for the White Sox: Guy Curtright had a 26-gamer in 1943, and Chico Carrasquel had a 24-gamer in 1950.
White Sox: Outfielder Avisail Garcia (shoulder) and reliever Matt Lindstrom (ankle) are both starting rehab assignments Friday at Triple-A Charlotte.
Tigers: Outfielder Andy Dirks, who has missed the whole season so far because of back problems that required surgery, is set to begin a rehab stint Friday with Class A West Michigan.
White Sox: Chicago returns home to face Minnesota on Friday night. Ace left-hander Chris Sale (10-1) takes the mound for the White Sox against Logan Darnell (9-6) of the Twins.
Tigers: Detroit takes on Colorado in an interleague matchup. Justin Verlander (9-9) starts for the Tigers against Franklin Morales (5-5).
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