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Detroit Tigers Austin Jackson gets a pat from Nick Castellanos as Jackson leaves the field after he was taken out of the game against the Chicago White Sox after Jackson was part of a trade during the game in Detroit, Mich., on Thursday, July 31, 2014. (Julian H. Gonzalez/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

White Sox win 7-4 as Tigers complete big trade

DETROIT -- As the White Sox loaded the bases in the seventh inning Thursday at Comerica Park, the Tigers had bigger things brewing off the field.

The Tigers interrupted Gordon Beckham's at-bat during the Sox's run to pull center fielder Austin Jackson from the game for a three-team trade with the Rays and Mariners 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 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.

"We know people are making moves all over the place, but we probably expected to have these guys here today and tomorrow, and that's what we have," Ventura said. "They were pretty good today as far as being able to not really pay attention to it."

Sox general manager Rick Hahn had said that he didn't feel urgency to make a deal unless it benefited the Sox for the future. The deadline's passing, of course, does not mean Hahn won't make any more moves this season, with waivers still a possibility.

The day put into 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-shot hope to make a run at a wild card spot.

In acquiring Price while sending Jackson to the Mariners and Thursday's left-handed starter Drew Smyly to the Rays, the Tigers added to a rotation that could strike much fear into American League Central opponents. They now have the last three AL Cy Young winners in Justin Verlander, Price and Max Scherzer.

"As soon as it happened we're like, 'No!' " Sox center fielder Adam Eaton said of Price acquisition. "They have a good rotation, and adding a guy like Price who is a great pitcher and competitor only adds to the mix. ... We're excited for the challenge, and we'll see them again in September. Hopefully that's an important series."

Danks didn't have his best outing amid the recent trade talk, allowing four runs on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts in five innings. He gave up back-to-back homers to Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez in the third inning.

Danks said his struggles Thursday were more about command than the rumors.

"It didn't do me any good to sit and worry about it," Danks said. "I was ready to pitch a good game against the Tigers. It didn't quite go the way I planned, but we got the win and took two out of three here. It was a good road trip."

Eaton reached base five times and had two runs and two RBIs. He scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning when he reached based on a dropped third strike, advanced on Alexei Ramirez's single and scored when Tigers reliever Joakim Soria hit Paul Konerko with a pitch with the bases loaded.

The Sox received four scoreless innings combined from relievers Ronald Belisario, Javy Guerra and Jake Petricka, and the Tigers couldn't put together much of a rally in the midst of the team shake-up.

"It's odd in the middle of the game for their team to have that happen," Ventura said. "You can tell it affects some guys. You play with a guy that long, and he's taken off the field. You don't really get a chance to say goodbye or anything like that. He's just gone."

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