1:08 PM ET, July 31, 2014
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
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.
Abreu extended his hitting streak to 20 games.
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.
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.
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.
DETROIT, MI - JULY 31: John Danks #50 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during the second inning of the game...(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Detroit leads 10-9 (as of Thu 7/31)|
|Mon 4/21||CHW 3, @DET 1||Recap|
|Tue 4/22||@DET 8, CHW 6||Recap|
|Wed 4/23||CHW 6, @DET 4||Recap|
|Thu 4/24||@DET 7, CHW 4||Recap|
|Tue 4/29||DET 4, @CHW 3||Recap|
|Wed 4/30||DET 5, @CHW 1||Recap|
|Mon 6/9||@CHW 6, DET 5||Recap|
|Wed 6/11||@CHW 8, DET 2||Recap|
|Thu 6/12||DET 4, @CHW 0||Recap|
|Tue 7/29||CHW 11, @DET 4||Recap|
|Wed 7/30||@DET 7, CHW 2||Recap|
|» Thu 7/31||CHW 7, @DET 4||Box Score|
|Fri 8/29||DET 7, @CHW 1||Recap|
|Sat 8/30||@CHW 6, DET 3||Recap|
|Sat 8/30||DET 8, @CHW 4||Recap|
|Sun 8/31||@CHW 6, DET 2||Recap|
|Mon 9/22||CHW 2, @DET 0||Recap|
|Tue 9/23||@DET 4, CHW 3||Recap|
|Wed 9/24||@DET 6, CHW 1||Recap|
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|2nd||G Beckham doubled to left, P Konerko scored.||1||0|
|2nd||T Flowers singled to center, G Beckham scored.||2||0|
|2nd||A Eaton grounded into fielder's choice to first, T Flowers scored, L Garcia out at second.||3||0|
|2nd||E Suarez hit sacrifice fly to center, J Martinez scored.||3||1|
|2nd||A Jackson singled to center, N Castellanos scored, A Avila to third.||3||2|
|3rd||T Hunter homered to left center (396 feet).||3||3|
|3rd||J Martinez homered to right (375 feet).||3||4|
|4th||M Sierra singled to center, P Konerko scored.||4||4|
|7th||P Konerko hit by pitch, A Eaton scored, A Ramirez to third, J Abreu to second.||5||4|
|8th||A Eaton singled to right, M Sierra scored.||6||4|
|8th||A Ramirez doubled to left, A Eaton scored.||7||4|
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|Stadium||Comerica Park, Detroit, MI|
|Attendance||41,306 (100.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||77 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Tim Welke, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Clint Fagan, Third Base - Tim Timmons|
Josť Abreu is the third player in White Sox history with a 20-game hitting streak and at least 30 home runs in the same season (ELIAS). According to Elias, Abreu joins Nomar Garciaparra in 1997 as the only players in Major League history with a 20-game hitting streak and 30 home runs in their rookie season.[+]
20-Game Hit Streak & 30 HR in Same Season - White Sox History
David Price has improved his strikeout-to-walk ratio in each of his 6 seasons with the Rays (not counting his cup of coffee in 2008). His 2.6 increase in K/BB this season from last season is the 3rd highest among the 28 pitchers who were qualified in both 2013 and 2014.[+]
David Price K/BB Ratio Last 6 Seasons
Though Price has yet to suit-up, this Tigers rotation is already evoking comparisons to the legendary Braves trio of the '90s. They're the only two teams to feature three Cy Young winners who all claimed their awards consecutively. The Detroit trio won each of the last three AL Cy Youngs while Tom Glavine won in 1991, Greg Maddux won four straight from 1992-through-95, and John Smoltz won in 1996.[+]
Price had the 3rd-largest increase in his K/BB from last season among pitchers among pitchers who were qualified in both seasons.[+]
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