The afternoon was highlighted by the David Price blockbuster trade, but the Detroit Tigers still played a matinee game against their division rival, the Chicago White Sox.
While the national media was concerned about the number trades made on deadline day, the White Sox (53-56) used 16 hits to propel them to a 7-4 victory over the Tigers (58-47) at Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon.
Chicago’s three-run second inning highlighted their offensive output, with Gordon Beckham‘s RBI double off Drew Smyly getting things going for the White Sox. Beckham would finish the day 1-for-4, including scoring a run later in the second inning off a Tyler Flowers single.
Jackson went 2-for-4, including an RBI single in the bottom of the second that plated Nick Castellanos to bring the Tigers within one run. Once the trade between the Tampa Bay Rays and Tigers was set, Jackson was replaced by Rajai Davis, who played the final three innings in center field.
Hunter went 2-for-2 with a walk, and Martinez went 2-for-3 with an RBI, two runs scored and a walk, boosting his batting average to .325 for the 2014 season. Castellanos also showed great plate discipline against the White Sox, walking three times, a single-game career high for the rookie third baseman who has struggled to accumulate walks in his first full season on the Tigers.
Smyly took the mound for the Tigers, but by the end of the afternoon, the young left-hander was a member of the Rays. The now-former Tiger pitched five innings before being pulled due to the trade, allowing four runs off 11 hits while striking out two batters.
The White Sox scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of the seventh when Joakim Soria–the recent addition the the Tigers’ bullpen–plunked veteran first basemen Paul Kornerko with the bases loaded. Chicago would add two more insurance runs in the eight inning.
The Tigers may have lost the game on July 31, but Dave Dombrowski has to be smiling from his suite at Comerica Park after his acquisition of Price just hours from the 4 p.m. deadline. With time still to pick up a left-handed reliever, the Tigers used the non-waiver deadline to make a big splash.
Detroit welcomes the Colorado Rockies into Comerica Park, as the Tigers continue their homestand. Former American League MVP Justin Verlander (9-9, 4.79 ERA) will be on the bump to take on Franklin Morales (5-5, 5.18 ERA). The left-hander from Venezuela has split time between the bullpen and rotation for the Rockies. First pitch is set for 7:08 p.m.