DETROIT -- As the White Sox loaded the bases in the seventh inning Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park, the Tigers had bigger things brewing off the field.
The Tigers interrupted Gordon Beckham's at-bat during the Sox's push to pull center fielder Austin Jackson from the game for what was reported to be a three-team deal to acquire Rays left-hander David Price.
The Sox walked away with the 7-4 victory to take the series from the Tigers, but they didn't take away anything from the trade market as the non-waiver deadline passed with very little hoopla from the club.
Sox manager Robin Ventura hinted as much Wednesday and Thursday morning, saying he expected to see the same faces in the clubhouse and starting Sox left-hander John Danks despite a few lingering rumors about his potential suitors.
"It looks like Billy Beane had his coffee on early this morning," Ventura said of the Athletics general manager. "He's doing most of it.
"For us, we're just talking about stuff that's all hypothetical and you don't know what it really holds. Everybody is going to be happy to get by (the deadline)."
The day put in to perspective the teams' contrasting situations, with the Tigers gearing up for a playoff push in the last two months of the season and the Sox maintaining their focus on the future while also holding a long chance to make a run at a wild card spot.
Sox general manager Rick Hahn had said he didn't feel urgency to make a deal unless it benefited the Sox for the future. The deadline of course does not mean that Hahn won't make any more moves this season, with waiver wire moves a possibility.
Danks didn't have his best outing amid the recent trade talk, allowing four runs on seven hits, walking four and striking out two. But the Sox received four scoreless innings combined from relievers Ronald Belisario, Javy Guerra and Jake Petricka.
The Sox took a 3-2 lead into the third inning after Paul Konerko singled and scored on Beckham's double in the top of the second off Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly, who also was reportedly moved to the Rays in the deal. Tyler Flowers added an RBI single and scored on Adam Eaton's fielder's choice.
Danks allowed the Tigers back in the game in the bottom of the inning when he loaded the bases on a hit batter and two walks. The Tigers scored two runs on Eugenio Suarez's sacrifice fly and Austin Jackson's RBI single.
Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez then hit back-to-back homers off Danks for a 4-3 Tigers lead in the third inning.
The Sox tied the game in the fourth inning when Konerko doubled and scored on Moises Sierra's RBI single. Konerko's two hits brought him to 4,000 total bases during his career with the Sox.
The Sox loaded the bases in the seventh inning when Eaton reached on a dropped third strike, Alexei Ramirez singled and Jose Abreu was intentionally walked. Tigers reliever Joakim Soria then hit Konerko with a pitch to send in the go-ahead run for a 5-4 Sox lead.
Eaton and Ramirez drove in two more runs in the eighth for a 7-4 lead.
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