Rodriguez emerging as mentor in Detroit ‘pen

Francisco Rodriguez strikes out Joe Mauer for the third out of the 9th inning, notching his 6th save of the year When rookie reliever Joe Jimenez gave up a home run in late relief against the White Sox on Friday, he knew he’d hear about it from Francisco Rodriguez . Not because Rodriguez was going to chew him out, but because the veteran closer talks to Jimenez after every outing to offer advice. Since Jimenez has been up in the Majors, K-Rod has been a mentor to him, Jimenez said through a translator. It’s important for him to hear […]

V-Mart’s first homer an encouraging sign

Victor Martinez lifts a home run over the right-field wall in the bottom of the 9th inning, cutting the White Sox lead to 4-3 DETROIT — Victor Martinez has hit plenty of pitches harder this year than he did David Robertson ‘s first pitch of the ninth inning. But they didn’t resound like his ninth-inning homer Saturday. It ended up a hollow homer in the final result, a 6-4 Tigers loss to the White Sox. But Martinez’s drive to right ignited a game-tying two-run ninth out of a Detroit offense that has been limited to six runs in four […]

Cabrera, Abreu, Chisox beat Tigers 6-4 in 10, 6th win in row

Michael Fulmer DETROIT (AP) – The Chicago White Sox are making breaks, and getting some, in a surge that has put them atop the AL Central. The Detroit Tigers, meanwhile, have plummeted under .500 for the first time this season. Melky Cabrera led off the 10th inning with a solo homer off Justin Wilson and Avisail Garcia added an RBI triple, lifting the White Sox over Detroit 6-4 Saturday for their sixth straight win. Jose Abreu homered twice in his return to the lineup for Chicago. Detroit has lost four in a row. The White Sox held onto a […]

Detroit addresses needs on defense with 6 picks in NFL draft

Jarrad Davis, the Detroit Lions first round draft pick, is introduced at an NFL football press conference, Friday, April 28, 2017, in Allen Park, Mich. Davis, a linebacker at Florida, was selected 21st overall. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn insisted he didn’t see more needs on defense than offense a week before the NFL draft. When it was time to make picks, Quinn’s actions were much different than his words. Detroit drafted its first of two linebackers in the opening round, the first of two cornerbacks in the second round […]