- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Carlos Rodon seems to be on the verge of the breakout that the Chicago White Sox hope is coming.

He just hasn’t been able to eliminate the few mistakes that it would take to start shutting teams down.

Rodon allowed homers to James McCann and Victor Martinez in what was otherwise a strong outing Friday night. While the White Sox lost 10-3 to the Detroit Tigers, most of the damage came off Chicago’s bullpen.

Rodon (2-5) allowed four runs, seven hits and three walks in six innings. He allowed two homers - his ninth and 10th of the year.

“He was a little erratic, and then he seemed to calm down, but when you can’t hit the outside corner, the homers are going to get you,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Rodon agreed with Ventura and expressed his frustration at his elusive command.

“I went with fastballs early, and then the changeup, and I was getting early, weak contact,” he said. “Then it just happened. A couple walks, two runs. You tell me. I can’t put my finger on it, but I just have to stick with it. I know it is going to come.”

McCann hit a solo homer in the second, added an RBI double in the sixth and a triple in the eighth.

“Things obviously haven’t been where I needed them to be, so I’ve been trying to find something that would get me back on track,” said McCann, who raised his batting average from .150 to .179. “I eliminated my leg kick, and that seems to have worked.”

The Tigers, who won for the second time in seven games, lost Miguel Cabrera in the seventh inning to lower-back tightness. The team listed him as day-to-day.

“He told us it tightened up on a swing in the fifth, and they worked on it, but it got worse in the seventh,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “I’ll check with him in the morning, but I expect him to play tomorrow.”

Jordan Zimmermann (8-2), who hadn’t pitched in 12 days due to a groin strain, lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits. He walked two and struck out three.

“I was a little rusty, and when you are coming back from that much time off, you are a little worried that the next pitch is going to aggravate it,” he said. “It felt really good, though, and I was able to help us get a win.”

The White Sox took a 1-0 lead in the second on Avisail Garcia’s RBI single, but the Tigers moved ahead in the bottom of the inning on McCann’s second homer and a run-scoring single by Ian Kinsler.

Martinez made it 3-1 in the third with a solo homer, but Jose Abreu’s double pulled Chicago within 3-2. Jose Iglesias made a sliding stop on J.B. Shuck’s grounder, preventing the tying run from scoring, but Zimmermann walked Brett Lawrie and was replaced by Alex Wilson.

Wilson struck out Jimmy Rollins to end the sixth, and McCann’s bloop single made it 4-2 in the bottom of the inning. The Tigers added two more runs in the seventh, and four more in the eighth.


White Sox: CF Austin Jackson (turf toe) remained out of the lineup, despite hopes that he would be able to return to action. The former Tiger hasn’t played since sustaining the injury on Sunday.

Tigers: RHP Shane Greene, who has been on the DL since April 25 with blister problems, was activated after the game, with RHP Buck Farmer being optioned to Triple-A Toledo. Greene began the year in the rotation, but is expected to move to the bullpen to avoid long outings that might aggravate the skin problem.


Former Tigers Jake Wood, Rod Allen and Willie Horton were honored before the game, along with third-base coach Dave Clark and starting outfielders Justin Upton and Cameron Maybin. They took part in a “Passing the Bat” ceremony along with local pitching prospect Alex Darden on the first night of Negro Leagues Tribute Weekend.


Alex Avila received a warm ovation from the fans when he batted in the second inning - his first at-bat as a visiting player in Detroit. Avila spent his first seven seasons with the Tigers and played in the 2011 All-Star Game. The son of Tigers general manager Al Avila also received greetings from several former teammates as they came to bat, including a hug from Cabrera.

Avila was taken out of the game when the score got lopsided.

“He had a tough night back there, between all the balls he had to block and the foul tip that got him,” Ventura said. “I felt sorry for him, and you should too.”


The White Sox placed OF Melky Cabrera on the Family Emergency Leave List before the game and recalled RHP Tommy Kahnle from Triple-A Charlotte. Cabrera had played in all 54 of Chicago’s games, batting .275 with four homers and 24 RBIs.


The teams continue their weekend series on Saturday in Detroit’s annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game. The Tigers, who will be wearing Detroit Stars jerseys, will have Mike Pelfrey (0-5, 4.96) on the mound against Chris Sale (9-1, 2.29). The White Sox will be wearing Chicago American Giants uniforms.

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