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Chi. White Sox (61-46) «100201000492
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Jackson tames Tigers to win debut with White Sox

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Edwin Jackson had several reasons to be anxious about Wednesday night's start.

It was his Chicago White Sox debut. It came in a pennant race. And it was against the team that traded him away last winter.

None of that bothered him.

Jackson allowed one run in seven-plus innings as the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1.

"I'm not worried about pitching against my old team, and I'm not worried about trying to impress anyone with my new team," he said. "The people that run this team know I can pitch or they wouldn't have traded me for me. I have one job -- win games in the pennant race -- and that's what I did tonight."

An All-Star with Detroit last season, Jackson also beat the Tigers earlier this year while pitching for Arizona. He was traded to the White Sox on July 30.

"He pitched very well, which we knew he could do," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We had chances, but we never got the killer hit. A lot of that was because of him."

Jackson hadn't allowed a run through seven innings, but came out after walking Miguel Cabrera to start the eighth. He allowed nine hits and one walk while striking out six.

"Letting him go out there for that inning was my mistake -- he had been sitting too long," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He was throwing 98 [mph] -- I didn't know he threw that hard -- but great pitching like that is the reason we got him."

Guillen wasn't the only one impressed by Chicago's newest starter.

"If he pitches like that, we're going to be in great shape," said Paul Konerko, who had a homer and two RBI. "They got some flukey hits off him, but they weren't hitting anything hard. He's a great addition to our rotation."

Detroit finished with 10 hits, but stranded 11 runners as they fell eight games behind Chicago in the AL Central, matching their biggest deficit of the season.

"It's great to have opportunities, but someone has to drive them in," Leyland said. "It isn't going to be me -- I was a career .233 hitter in the minor leagues -- so these guys have to do it."

Detroit's only rally came after Jackson left. J.J. Putz walked Brennan Boesch and Jhonny Peralta lined out, but Brandon Inge hit an RBI single and the runners moved up when right fielder Andruw Jones, who had come in that inning for defense, made a throw home that hit both the mound and Cabrera for an error.

Matt Thornton relieved and retired pinch-hitters Ryan Raburn and Jeff Frazier to get out of the inning.

Bobby Jenks pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

Armando Galarraga (3-4) gave up four runs on eight hits and five walks in 7 2/3 innings. He has only won once in 10 starts since his near-perfect game on June 2 against Cleveland.

Konerko gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first.

Carlos Quentin extended Chicago's advantage to 3-0 with a long homer in the fourth. His shot, estimated at 430 feet, became one of just a handful in Comerica Park's 11 seasons to clear the first tier of seats beyond the left-field bullpens.

"Armando pitched well enough for us to have a shot at the game, but he got cautious a couple times and they killed him for it," Leyland said. "There are times where he still doesn't believe that his stuff is as good as it is."

In the meantime, the Tigers had eight hits off Jackson in the first five innings, but couldn't get a run.

Konerko's homer made it 4-0 in the sixth.

"The way our pitching staff is going, we know that we're going to win a lot of games if we can just score three or four runs," Konerko said.

Notes

  • The Tigers activated Inge from the 15-day disabled list before the game, and put rookie infielder Danny Worth on the DL with a bruised heel. Inge had been expected to miss four to six weeks after breaking his left hand on July 19, but was out for only 15 days and had three hits in his first game back. "We knew he would want to come back as soon as possible, but he looked good out there," Leyland said. "He sure didn't look limited in any way."
  • The White Sox purchased the contract of reliever Chris Sale from Triple-A Charlotte. Sale, the 13th pick in June's draft, became the first 2010 draftee to reach the majors.
  • Don Kelly was retired on a rare 2-1-3 strikeout in the seventh inning. He swung at a two-strike pitch in the dirt that bounced off C A.J. Pierzynski's glove and toward the mound, where Jackson fielded it and threw to Konerko at first.
  • Jackson also won at Comerica Park on June 19 with the Diamondbacks.
 
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Not a shabby debut for new White Sox pitcher Edwin Jackson, who yields just one run through seven.  (AP)
Not a shabby debut for new White Sox pitcher Edwin Jackson, who yields just one run through seven. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

P. Konerko
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

B. Inge
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF5110003 .265
Omar Vizquel, 3B3010101 .294
Alex Rios, CF3010102 .299
Paul Konerko, 1B3222111 .302
Carlos Quentin, RF4112002 .237
    Andruw Jones, RF0000000 .201
Mark Kotsay, DH3010100 .215
Alexei Ramirez, SS4000013 .293
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000001 .234
Gordon Beckham, 2B3020100 .247
Totals3249452  
Batting
HR - Paul Konerko (27, Galarraga), Carlos Quentin (21, Galarraga)
RBI - Paul Konerko 2 (76), Carlos Quentin 2 (69)
CS - Gordon Beckham (4, 2nd base by Bonine/Laird)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko
E - Andruw Jones (1, Throwing), Paul Konerko (3, Throwing)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson (W,7-10) 7911160 4.97
J.J. Putz 0.1100100 1.82
Matt Thornton (H,17) 0.2000010 2.40
Bobby Jenks (S,23) 1000000 4.58
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 95-69, J.J. Putz 8-3, Matt Thornton 7-4, Bobby Jenks 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 7-8, Bobby Jenks 1-2
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 31, J.J. Putz 3, Matt Thornton 2, Bobby Jenks 3
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF5020003 .312
Will Rhymes, 2B5010002 .244
Johnny Damon, DH5010011 .281
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3110103 .345
Brennan Boesch, RF3000125 .283
Jhonny Peralta, SS4000024 .246
Brandon Inge, 3B4031000 .269
Alex Avila, C3000002 .210
   a- Ryan Raburn, PH-LF1000002 .209
Don Kelly, LF3020010 .207
   b- Jeff Frazier, PH1000012 .188
    Gerald Laird, C0000000 .189
Totals37110127  
a-popped out for Avila in the 8th
b-struck out for Kelly in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Brandon Inge (41)
SB - Don Kelly (2, 2nd base off Jackson/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Don Kelly 1
DP - Peralta-Rhymes-Cabrera, Rhymes-Peralta-Cabrera
E - Miguel Cabrera (10, Dropped fly)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Armando Galarraga (L,3-4) 7.2844512 4.32
Eddie Bonine 1.1100010 3.35
Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 117-68, Eddie Bonine 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 8-11, Eddie Bonine 1-1
Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 33, Eddie Bonine 4
Game Information
Attendance - 31770
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Mark Carlson