The 22-year-old right-hander dominated three levels of the minors last year, earning Detroit’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award.
Most of the 32,360 fans at Comerica Park groaned when Jhonny Peralta hit a tailor-made double-play grounder that looked set to end the eighth inning. Andy Dirks made them cheer.
Max Scherzer pitched six effective innings to earn his career-high 16th win, Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 8-6 on Wednesday night to move within a game of the AL Central lead.
The Chicago White Sox spent nearly a month in first place. Then they arrived in Detroit, where so much has gone wrong for them over the last couple seasons.
Gerald Laird homered among his three hits to back a strong outing by Rick Porcello and lead the Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the White Sox on Sunday, snapping Chicago’s four-game winning streak.
Justin Verlander took a shutout into the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers expanded their AL Central lead over Chicago with an 8-1 win over the White Sox on Friday night.