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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers held a players’ meeting recently to talk about the importance of competing down the stretch.“From the beginning of the season Lonnie Chisenhall Jersey , people have been counting us out. We’ve played pretty well this year, given the circumstances,” outfielder Mikie Mahtook said. “At the beginning of the season, if you said Miguel Cabrera would be out … season-ending injury, I don’t think people would think that we’d have this season. I think people all expected us to lose a hundred games.”Mahtook hit one of three Detroit home runs in the sixth inning, and the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 on Thursday. Even after the victory, Detroit is 22 games under .500, but after finishing tied for the worst record in baseball last season, the Tigers have avoided a total collapse in 2018.Matthew Boyd pitched six scoreless innings for Detroit, and Nicholas Castellanos, Mahtook and Ronny Rodriguez hit solo shots off James Shields (5-15) in the sixth.“You could see after we hit the first one , he got a little hot. He was a little mad,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He tried to throw it through a brick wall, and we got him a couple more times. That doesn’t happen very often.”It was the first career home run for Rodriguez, who also hit an RBI double two innings earlier.Boyd (8-11) allowed six hits, walked one and struck out six.Jose Rondon hit a two-run homer in the eighth for the White Sox, who fell to 3-10 this season against Detroit.Chicago manager Rick Renteria missed his fourth straight game since experiencing lightheadedness Monday in Minnesota. The White Sox said he was back in Chicago and would have further testing.Shields allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. He is now 1-8 with 6.12 ERA on the road this year.Rodriguez opened the scoring with a run-scoring double in the fourth, and Grayson Greiner followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.In the sixth, Detroit hit three home runs in a span of four batters, with Mahtook and Rodriguez connecting for back-to-back drives that gave the Tigers a 5-0 advantage.“I thought I was good early, but then I started losing the ball up,” Shields said. “I was able to limit the damage for a while Bob Feller Jersey , but I got behind Castellanos, and I had to come in on him and he crushed it. Mahtook was a fastball up, but not far enough up, and the next one was just a hanging curve right down the middle.”Jim Adduci added a two-run double in the seventh.BIG PLAYDetroit center fielder Mike Gerber struck out three times and is now hitless in his last 30 at-bats, but he made the game’s biggest defensive play in the fifth. Down 2-0, the White Sox had men on first and second with two outs when Ryan LaMarre singled to center.It looked like Yolmer Sanchez would score easily from second, but Tim Anderson tried to go from first to third and was thrown out by Gerber — before Sanchez made it to the plate.“Yolmer looked back, saw they were throwing to third and slowed down a little,” said White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing, who was managing in Renteria’s absence. “T.A. has to realize that the only play is at third, and with two out Satchel Paige Jersey , he’s already in scoring position at second.”FIRST OUTINGChicago reliever Ryan Burr made his major league debut and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings.“It was everything I could have wanted it to be, and I’ve been imagining it for a long time,” Burr said.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: Chicago put C Welington Castillo on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Castillo was suspended for 80 games on May 24 under the major league drug-testing program. He was eligible to return during this series and has been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte.UP NEXTDetroit’s Michael Fulmer (3-9) returns from a left oblique strain Friday night for his first appearance since July 14. The White Sox send Reynaldo Lopez (4-9) to the mound.To make room for Fulmer on the active roster, the Tigers optioned RHP Zac Reininger to Triple-A Toledo after Thursday’s game. The season began poorly for both the Kansas City Royals and the Cincinnati Reds, and then it got worse.The story is the same in both cities. Not enough hitting. Not enough pitching. Certainly not enough bullpen. Veterans that didn’t produce, prospects that didn’t develop as expected.Now, two franchises that enjoyed major success only a few years ago — the Royals winning the World Series in 2015, the Reds winning 97 games in 2012 — can’t wait for this season to be over. And, especially, for this September to be over.Article continues below ...The Royals and Reds begin a two-game series that’s about as meaningless as it gets Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park. The Royals (54-102) already are assured of losing 100 games and finishing last in the AL Central. The Reds (66-91) won’t drop that many, but they’ve been all but doomed to a last-place finish in the NL Central since losing 15 of their first 18 games.Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund (1-5) Joe Carter Jersey , winless for nearly five months, opposes right-hander Matt Harvey (7-9), a pending free agent who could be making his last start for the Reds.If either club was hoping to salvage a dreadful season with a strong September, it hasn’t happened, even with the addition of prospects from the minors.The Reds are 9-13 this month but, glaringly, they’ve lost eight of 11 as their offense has simply disappeared. They’ve been one of the majors’ best-hitting clubs most of the season — three of their four starting infielders were chosen for the All-Star Game — but the Reds have been shut out in four of their last seven games and five of their last nine. And they scored only one run in another of those losses.They finished off a 3-7 road trip in which they were limited to 12 runs by losing to the Miami Marlins 6-0 on Sunday, their third defeat in the four-game series.This isn’t the sign of a team that’s playing to gain some momentum for the start of next season.“It’ll be good to get home,” said Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman, who still doesn’t know his fate for next season. “It’s been a long trip. Hopefully we’ll be a little energized when we get home and start swinging the bats a little better.”The Royals are a more respectable 11-11 in September, but they’ve dropped six of eight despite splitting a four-game weekend series in Detroit.Skoglund will be facing the Reds for the first time. He hasn’t won since April 28 against the Chicago White Sox Francisco Lindor Jersey , but he pitched three-hit ball over six scoreless innings in a 2-1 Royals loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 11 innings last Tuesday.“I felt comfortable out there,” Skoglund said. “I was able to make some pitches and just continue to help me build off that confidence-wise. I was able to get through that sixth inning pretty easily. I felt good.”He’s already been told by Yost he’ll get one more start next weekend.“Every game I try to take something out of it,” Skoglund said. “Try to work and learn and implement everything I can into every situation. I can use this (start) and continue to keep the ball rolling.”Harvey is one of the Reds’ few pleasant surprises this season, going 7-7 after they acquired him from the New York Mets in early May.He had a rough start his last time out, allowing seven runs on seven hits over 5 1-3 innings in a 7-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. But Harvey shut out the Chicago Cubs for six innings on Sept. 14, giving up four hits, although he didn’t figure in the decision as the Cubs came back to win 3-2.Harvey allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-3 loss at Kansas City for the Mets on April 3, 2016. He also faced the Royals in Game Five of the 2015 World Series when he lobbied to start the ninth with a 2-0 lead but couldn’t finish it and the Royals won the title in the 12th. The Reds swept a two-game series in Kansas City earlier in the season, winning 5-1 in 10 innings on June 10 and 7-0 on June 11. For the Royals, those losses came during a stretch in which they lost 15 of 16.
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