Jake Peavy’s start on Thursday and Jesse Crain’s possible return by Sunday raise speculation that trades are looming for the Chicago White Sox.
Manager Robin Ventura got the jump on his two players Tuesday, as he was ejected in the first inning after a lengthy argument with first base umpire Gary Darling.
That saved Ventura the embarrassment of watching his team commit a season-high four errors as Detroit cruised to a 6-2 win.
A fielding error by third baseman Conor Gillaspie led to three runs in the fourth against left-hander Hector Santiago. The Tigers added three more in the sixth, starting with a home run by Jhonny Peralta and an RBI triple by Hernan Perez, who scored when left fielder Dayan Viciedo bobbled the ball for the fourth time.
Ventura was tossed following an argument in which Darling ruled that first baseman Adam Dunn obstructed with Torii Hunter’s attempt to return to first after being chased in a rundown and was awarded second base. Dunn was charged with an error.
This was the first ejection of the season for Ventura, who has been tossed five times since becoming the Sox’s manager in 2012.
Ventura wasn’t around to witness two errors by the Sox in the fourth inning that allowed Detroit to take a 3-0 lead entering the fifth.
The Sox loaded the bases in the first against Rick Porcello, but Jeff Keppinger grounded into a force play.Alejandro De Aza led off the third with a bunt single but was picked off first.
The Sox avoided being shut out for the 10th time this season when Paul Konerko hit a two-run double in the ninth.