By adding Brett Myers to their bullpen via Saturday's trade with Houston, the White Sox know they've added an experienced arm and the mentality they're seeking from their relievers. They also added a veteran who notched 19 saves in 21 opportunities and 35 appearances overall with the Astros this season. But Myers -- initially, at least -- won't supplant rookie Addison Reed (15-for-18 in save situations) as Chicago's closer. "This is in no way a sign that anyone is wavering on Addison Reed and our confidence in him," said general manager Kenny Williams. "Ultimately, the ninth inning is [Ventura's] call. [Myers] is known as a competitor. He'll fit along well in what we're trying to accomplish." Right-hander Gavin Floyd, out with right elbow tendinitis, is set to return from the DL on Monday night against the Twins, and with Jesse Crain returning to the bullpen on Saturday, the White Sox are starting to get healthy again. "We are kind of getting ourselves closer to being back to normal, [in terms] of who we had when we left Spring Training," Ventura said. Tigers: Miggy fine after scare
After he'd grabbed his right ankle and walked it off in the eighth inning of Friday night's win, Miguel Cabrera sparked some concern over whether he would be OK to play on Saturday. The answer came when manager Jim Leyland wrote Cabrera's name in the starting lineup, and at third base instead of designated hitter. "He's fine," Leyland said. "I'm not really sure what he did. He just twisted it a little bit or something. But he's fine." On Saturday, Cabrera went 1-for-3 with a walk, matching his season high by extending his hitting streak to five games. He remains two homers shy of 300 for his career. Leyland knew that Phil Coke would get a little extra time to rest up on Saturday if the Tigers needed him, since he's a late-innings reliever. But with a hefty lead and Rick Porcello pitching eight-plus innings, Coke got another day to rest up from what has already been an eventful weekend. After celebrating his 30th birthday on Friday, Coke and his wife, Bobbie, celebrated the birth of their first child, a girl, in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Worth noting
The Tigers now lead the 18-game season series, 6-4. The two teams will meet next for three games on Aug. 31, again in Detroit. Following Sunday's game, the Tigers will head to Cleveland for three games against another AL Central contender, starting on Tuesday. The White Sox, meanwhile, will finally go home for the first time since before the All-Star break, hosting the Twins on Monday -- although three games later, they'll be back out on the road for seven more games.