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Young, Tigers handle White Sox

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have been waiting for someone to step up to the plate to drive in three or four runs with one crack of the bat.

Perfect timing.

Delmon Young hit a tiebreaking, three-run double in the seventh inning and Detroit beat Chicago 7-4 Friday night to pull within two games of the AL Central-leading White Sox.

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"That's one of those we've been looking for all year," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We haven't cleared the bases many times like that with a big hit."

Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta homered as Detroit took the opener of the three-game series that has Leyland, who usually downplays big matchups, acknowledging the stakes are high.

"We still have a ways to go, but obviously this is an important series without question," Leyland said. "Is it the end of the world one way or the other? No."

White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis isn't sweating his team's place in the standings.

"We've still got a two-game lead, they've still got to catch us," Youkilis said. "The key right now is that we don't want to start pressing. There's 30 games left in the season, and we need to take these games like they are the first week of April.

"If it is the last weekend of the season, you might start pressing but not now. There's a month left and we're in first place."

Octavio Dotel (5-2) pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Joaquin Benoit struck out the side in the eighth inning and Jose Valverde closed for his 27th save in 31 chances.

Jake Peavy (9-10) gave up six runs and nine hits over six-plus innings.

"I didn't have much at all, so it was a battle from the start to just keep us in the game," Peavy said. "I got through the sixth, but it wasn't like I had great stuff in that inning, either."

Cabrera hit his 33rd homer, a two-run shot in the first inning. He went 3 for 4 on a sore right ankle that didn't affect him at the plate, but led to him making two errors at third base.

"He's playing in some pain, but he's playing," Leyland said. "The trainers are pretty confident he can get through it."

Peralta's solo home run gave the Tigers a 4-3 lead in the fourth. Chicago tied it in the sixth without a hit when Dewayne Wise walked, stole second, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on A.J. Pierzynski's sacrifice fly.

Pierzynski hit his 24th homer, a solo shot in the second that snapped his 0-for-17 hitless skid.

Andy Dirks drew a leadoff walk off Peavy in the pivotal seventh inning, Cabrera singled and Prince Fielder was hit on the right shoulder by reliever Matt Thornton to load the bases. With a fired-up crowd buzzing, Young hit a double into the left-center gap to clear the bases.

"The big difference was that Young got the big hit that we didn't get," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We had a lot of chances, but nothing was falling in."

Tigers starter Doug Fister gave up three runs -- two earned -- on four hits and four walks over five innings. Fister had his previous start skipped because of a sore right groin.

"I wasn't real sharp," he said.

Drew Smyly gave up one run on two walks while getting one out in the sixth, pitching in relief for the first time after the rookie made 16 starts this season.

Detroit has won 23 of its last 29 games at home.

The White Sox have lost seven of their last nine road games and if they get swept in Detroit, they'll fall into a first-place tie with the Tigers.

"This is not going to make or break the season," Ventura said. "But we're happy to be playing in games like this."

Notes

  • The Tigers traded OF Jeff Baker to the Atlanta Braves for a player to be named no later than Sept. 30 to open up a spot for minor leaguer Avisail Garcia, who made his major league debut as a defensive replacement in right field in the eighth.
  • Peavy gave up four walks -- one intentional -- and struck out four as his winless streak stretched to five games.
 
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Delmon Young's three-run double is the difference in the Tigers' win over the AL Central-leading White Sox.  (US Presswire)
Delmon Young's three-run double is the difference in the Tigers' win over the AL Central-leading White Sox. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

A. Pierzynski
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dewayne Wise, CF3101111 .263
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4100114 .240
Adam Dunn, 1B3010223 .205
Paul Konerko, DH4002005 .309
Alex Rios, RF5000014 .300
A.J. Pierzynski, C4121111 .288
Dayan Viciedo, LF4110112 .255
Alexei Ramirez, SS3010101 .272
Gordon Beckham, 2B2000003 .231
Totals3245477  
Batting
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (15, Dotel)
HR - A.J. Pierzynski (24, Fister)
SF - Paul Konerko (2)
SH - Gordon Beckham (6)
RBI - Dewayne Wise (19), Paul Konerko 2 (62), A.J. Pierzynski (71)
SB - Dewayne Wise (12, 2nd base off Smyly/Avila)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Dewayne Wise 1
DP - Beckham-A. Ramirez-Dunn
E - Adam Dunn (1, Dropped fly)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Peavy (L,9-10) 6966442 3.28
Matt Thornton 1111010 3.52
Philip Humber 1100010 5.81
IBB - Boesch by Jake Peavy
HBP - Fielder (by Matt Thornton)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 106-65, Matt Thornton 13-9, Philip Humber 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 7-6, Philip Humber 1-1
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 30, Matt Thornton 4, Philip Humber 4
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF5110031 .304
Andy Dirks, LF3211211 .333
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4232001 .329
Prince Fielder, 1B3110001 .314
Delmon Young, DH3023101 .273
Brennan Boesch, RF3010111 .246
    Avisail Garcia, RF0000000 .000
Alex Avila, C4000004 .247
Jhonny Peralta, SS4111010 .256
Omar Infante, 2B4010000 .283
Totals33711746  
Batting
2B - Andy Dirks (16, Peavy), Miguel Cabrera (34, Peavy), Delmon Young (23, Thornton)
3B - Austin Jackson (9, Peavy)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (33, Peavy), Jhonny Peralta (11, Peavy)
RBI - Andy Dirks (27), Miguel Cabrera 2 (109), Delmon Young 3 (57), Jhonny Peralta (54)
2-OUT RBI - Andy Dirks (12)
SB - Omar Infante (12, 2nd base off Humber/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Miguel Cabrera 2 (12, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Doug Fister 5432421 3.67
Drew Smyly (H,1) 0.1011200 4.31
Octavio Dotel (BS,3; W,5-2) 1.2100010 2.88
Joaquin Benoit (H,27) 1000030 3.10
Jose Valverde (S,27) 1000110 3.46
HBP - Beckham (by Doug Fister), Wise (by Doug Fister)
WP - Drew Smyly (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 101-55, Drew Smyly 21-10, Octavio Dotel 23-18, Joaquin Benoit 17-12, Jose Valverde 13-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 9-6
Batters Faced - Doug Fister 27, Drew Smyly 3, Octavio Dotel 6, Joaquin Benoit 3, Jose Valverde 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36721
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 94
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom