Danks, Sox Take Series From Tigers

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De Aza Leads Sox To 2-1 Victory

Wednesday’s matinee between the Chicago White Sox (51-52) and Detroit Tigers (55-49) started with goodbyes as the Sox announced they had traded Mark Teahen and Edwin Jackson to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for two pitchers. What few people were talking about was the call up of minor leaguer Alejandro De Aza. De Aza would be the bigger story though as the Sox would go on to a 2-1 victory and a series victory against the Detroit Tigers.

Alejandro De Aza has had successful spring training stints with the Sox the past two seasons. One of the last not to make the Big Club out of camp the past two seasons, De Aza got to show on Wednesday that he might belong in the majors. The native of the Dominican Rebuplic was in the starting lineup to give the slumping Alex Rios a night off. In his first at bat, De Aza hit a two-run homer off Max Scherzer which would prove to be all the offense the Sox would need.

John Danks was fantastic Wednesday afternoon. Danks went six innings and allowed just one run on six hits. The Sox lefty also had ten strikeouts. Danks improved to 4-8 on the season. Chris Sale was fantastic in relief retiring all eight batters he faced, and Sergio Santos got the final out to earn his 21st save of the season.

Max Scherzer pitched well for the Tigers but was on the losing end of the pitching duel with Danks. Scherzer went six innings and allowed just two runs on six hits along with eight strikeouts. The Tigers righty fell to 11-6 on the season.

The Sox will enjoy a day off on Thursday before hosting the Boston Red Sox starting Friday evening.

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Sox And Tigers Face Off In Rubber Match

Though the White Sox lost their opportunity to sweep the first place Tigers when they fell on Tuesday night, they still can clinch a series victory with a win on Wednesday. Doing so would pull them back to 3 1/2 games behind the first place Tigers, a position that is still very much within the AL Central race.

John Danks will take to the hill to try to grab the win for the Sox. Danks, 3-8 with a 3.92 ERA and 1.32 WHIP, is coming off a no decision against Kansas City in which he threw seven shutout innings, giving up just five hits and one walk while striking out six. In his last game against Detroit, Danks took the loss, after allowing three runs on nine hits over 6.0 innings pitched. He also walked two and struck out eight in that game. This year, Austin Jackson is 2-for-4 against Danks with a double.

Max Scherzer will start for the Tigers on Wednesday. Scherzer, 11-5 with a 4.35 ERA and 1.37 WHIP, recently held the Twins to just one run on four hits and a walk over seven innings. In his last game against the White Sox, Scherzer pitched eight innings of two run baseball, but still took the loss. Carlos Quentin is 2-for-6 against Scherzer this season, with a home run, while Juan Pierre is 5-for-8 with a double.

The weather in Chicago is forecast to be stormy and hot, with a game time temperature in the upper 80's. First pitch, weather permitting, is at 1:10 P.M. CDT, and the game will be televised on CSN and FS-D HD.

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