|CHI WHITE SOX ( DANKS )|
DETROIT ( SMYLY )
|913||CHI WHITE SOX||+175||Ov 9,-105||+175||Ov 9,+100|
|914||DETROIT||-185||Un 9,-115||-185||Un 9,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-14||+4.3||12-16||4.3||0.263||0.303||4.1||0.248||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2||3-4||5.4||0.305||0.333||3.4||0.262||0.314|
|vs Left-handed Starters||21-13||+3.3||15-18||4.4||0.282||0.333||4.0||0.253||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.5||4-3||4.3||0.259||0.298||4.3||0.281||0.317|
|7/21/2014||SALE(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-1||W||-170||7 ov||U||6||8||0||8||6||1|
|7/22/2014||CARROLL(R)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||1-7||L||+135||9 un||U||8||10||2||14||14||0|
|7/23/2014||QUINTANA(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||1-2||L||-110||7.5 un||U||6||5||1||10||10||1|
|7/24/2014||NOESI(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||5-2||W||150||8.5 ov||U||11||9||0||3||2||1|
|7/25/2014||DANKS(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||9-5||W||110||9 ev||O||17||12||0||9||4||2|
|7/26/2014||SALE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DARNELL(L)||7-0||W||-170||7.5 un||U||14||6||0||6||8||1|
|7/27/2014||CARROLL(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PINO(R)||3-4||L||115||9 un||U||8||5||0||6||4||0|
|7/29/2014||QUINTANA(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||11-4||W||155||8 un||O||15||7||0||12||8||3|
|7/30/2014||NOESI(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||2-7||L||225||8.5 un||O||7||4||0||13||8||0|
|7/31/2014||DANKS(L)||@ DETROIT||SMYLY(L)|| |
|8/7/2014|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|7/21/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ ARIZONA||NUNO(L)||4-3||W||-130||9 un||U||9||6||0||8||7||0|
|7/22/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ ARIZONA||ANDERSON(R)||4-5||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||10||9||0||6||3||0|
|7/23/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||11-5||W||-140||8.5 un||O||13||6||0||13||6||1|
|7/24/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||6-4||W||110||7 ov||O||11||8||0||8||4||0|
|7/25/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||1-2||L||120||8.5 ov||U||6||6||0||7||6||1|
|7/26/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||0-4||L||105||8.5 un||U||4||3||1||8||8||0|
|7/27/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)||1-2||L||120||8.5 ov||U||3||2||1||7||3||0|
|7/29/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-11||L||-165||8 un||O||12||8||3||15||7||0|
|7/30/2014||SCHERZER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||7-2||W||-250||8.5 un||O||13||8||0||7||4||0|
|7/31/2014||SMYLY(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|8/3/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|8/4/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|8/5/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|8/6/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|8/7/2014|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|CHI WHITE SOX: CHICAGO (AP) - From rock bottom last season to contention this year? The Chicago White Sox see no reason why it can't happen.|
They're ready to put last season's 99-loss wreck behind them and make a jump at least back to respectability, if not a run at the AL Central title.
They see a team with solid pitching, a new slugger in Jose Abreu and renewed vigor. Now, all they have to do is back it up.
''You have to pitch, you have to hit, you have to score,'' said manager Robin Ventura, entering his third season. ''You have to play defense. You have to do all of them in our division. Detroit has won it the last few years. They have a combination of everything. Unless you do that, you're not going to be close. We proved that last year.''
They had the pitching part down last season. The rest? Well, that's where things got dicey.
|DETROIT: DETROIT (AP) - When Justin Verlander takes the mound for Detroit on opening day, maybe then the Tigers will be able to enjoy a much-needed sense of normalcy.|
As an offseason of drama gave way to spring training injuries, it was easy to forget the Tigers still have one of the most talented rosters in baseball. Sure, there have been some early problems for new manager Brad Ausmus to address, Detroit still figures to be the favorite to win its fourth consecutive AL Central title.
''We have a new look this year,'' outfielder Torii Hunter said. ''Little bit more speed and we'll miss the big man, but we'll score some runs.''
The ''big man'' is Prince Fielder, whom the Tigers traded to Texas in a blockbuster deal that brought second baseman Ian Kinsler to Detroit. That move gave the Tigers more financial flexibility, although they weren't all that aggressive in pursuing free agents. Detroit did sign Joe Nathan to replace departed closer Joaquin Benoit.
The Tigers also traded right-hander Doug Fister to Washington.
Lately, the focus has been on right-hander Max Scherzer, who enters his final season before free agency after winning the Cy Young Award in 2013. Negotiations with the Tigers on a long-term deal have stalled.
''They respect where I'm at. I respect where they're at, and we'll revisit this after the season,'' Scherzer said. ''I still want to be in Detroit. I love this clubhouse and everything about it. There's been a history of this team signing free agents so hopefully I'll be a part of that history as well.''
But right now Scherzer's future is uncertain, and with Hunter and Victor Martinez in the final season of their contracts, it's hard to say what Detroit's 2015 roster will look like.
So the Tigers may never have a better chance to win a World Series with this group than right now.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Tigers Preview* ==========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Chicago (52-55) at Detroit (57-46), 1:08 p.m. EDT
If the past six-plus weeks are any indication, the Detroit Tigers should have a good chance to string together some victories after ending another skid.
The Tigers can start Thursday in the decisive series finale against the visiting Chicago White Sox.
Detroit (58-46) totaled six runs during a four-game losing streak that ended Wednesday when it equaled that output in the first inning of a 7-2 victory. The AL Central-leading Tigers have managed to bounce back nicely from recent losing streaks.
They followed a three-game slide June 16-18 by winning seven straight and 12 of 14. After another three-game skid July 4-6, Detroit won five in a row. It followed that with four consecutive losses before winning four of five prior to its latest slide.
"You've got to learn from bumps in the roads and take it with you in the future to prepare yourself better for the next group," scheduled starter Drew Smyly told MLB's official website. "You lose a game, it's no big deal. We'll get 'em tomorrow."
Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs on Wednesday after being scratched a day earlier due to a finger injury suffered in batting practice. The rookie is batting .417 with five extra-base hits and seven RBIs in his last six home games.
Torii Hunter is batting .467 with 14 RBIs in his past 12 at Comerica Park after collecting three hits Wednesday.
Smyly (6-9, 3.77 ERA) is coming off solid outings against two of baseball's highest-scoring teams. After holding Cleveland to a run and four hits in seven innings of a 5-1 win July 20, the left-hander yielded two runs and struck out 11 in 5 2-3 innings of a 2-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.
Smyly didn't get a decision in his lone matchup with the White Sox (52-56) this year, allowing only a two-run homer to Jose Abreu and striking out seven in six innings of a 6-4 loss April 23.
The Cuban rookie is batting .385 during a 19-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 37 of 38. He's batted .357 with five homers and five doubles in 11 games versus Detroit.
John Danks (9-6, 4.40) is scheduled to start for the White Sox, assuming he isn't shipped elsewhere amid rumors he could be traded before Thursday's deadline.
"I don't get caught up in any of that, I really don't," said Danks, who has spent his entire eight-year career with Chicago. "I have no control over that.
The left-hander is 3-0 with a 3.51 ERA in his last four road starts after winning at Minnesota on Friday, when he gave up four runs in seven innings of a 9-5 victory. That came five days after Houston ripped him for seven runs and 12 hits in 4 1-3 innings.
"It's certainly a humbling game," Danks said. "There was a day when I felt like if I didn't get to certain plateaus, it would be a bad season, and now I'm excited to get back to where I think I was."
He's won both of his starts against Detroit this year, yielding three runs in 13 1-3 innings, even though Castellanos is 3 for 5 against him. Danks had a 6.28 ERA during a five-start skid at Comerica Park that ended when he gave up a run in 6 1-3 innings of a 3-1 victory April 21.
Austin Jackson is batting .381 with two doubles and three home runs off Danks.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 8:25:43 AM EST|