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3B Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high four runs during Wednesday's 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. He returned the lineup after missing Tuesday's game with a right finger contusion. Castellanos suffered the injury on a bad-hop grounder during infield practice and the finger was still sore on Wednesday. "I definitely knew that I was not feeling as strong as I am when both of my hands are fine but it worked out for the best because I didn't try to do too much," he said. "It's not 100 percent but it was good enough where I could play today."
LHP Drew Smyly has looked sharp in his two post-All-Star break starts and hopes to continue that trend against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon. Smyly held Cleveland to one run in seven innings on July 20 to get a victory, then was a hard-luck loser against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday when he allowed two runs and struck out a career-high 11 batters in 5 2/3 innings. He does not have a decision in 10 career appearances against the White Sox, including three starts, but recorded a quality start on April 23 when he held them to two runs in six innings.
Alexei Ramirez during the first inning of Tuesday's game, when he was removed in the fourth inning. Manager Brad Ausmus is hopeful of having Suarez back in the lineup as early as Thursday. "I'm not overly alarmed by this," he said.
RF Torii Hunter had three hits, scored two runs and knocked in another in Wednesday's victory. Hunter is batting .366 with five home runs and 22 RBIs since July 2. His hot month has alleviated fears that the 39-year-old Hunter was no longer an everyday player following his slow start. Hunter has raised his batting average to .277.
RHP Evan Reed was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman in a Detroit area hotel on March 30, just prior to Opening Day. Reed appeared in 27 games with the Tigers before being sent down to Triple-A Toledo in June. The charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Reed will be arraigned Thursday morning in Detroit District Court. The Tigers organization has not disciplined Reed since the allegation was made, instead taking a wait-and-see approach on the situation.
RHP Max Scherzer took advantage of the early run support and posted his American League-leading 13th victory on Wednesday. Scherzer, who won a major-league best 21 games and captured the AL Cy Young award last season, allowed only five singles in seven innings while walking one and striking out six. He has five wins and two no-decisions in his last seven starts. "I pounded the strike zone," he said. "I came out and threw 20 of 25 first-pitch strikes. You do that, you put them on their heels."