CHICAGO — Tony La Russa moved past John McGraw into sole possession of second on baseball’s career manager wins list, directing the Chicago White Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
It was win No. 2,764 for La Russa, who was hired by Chicago in October for his first managerial job since he led St. Louis to the World Series championship in 2011. It has been a bit of a bumpy ride so far, but the 76-year-old Hall of Famer has the White Sox on top of the AL Central.
Second on the list is almost assuredly the highest finish for La Russa, who also began his managerial career with the White Sox in 1979. The top spot belongs to Connie Mack with 3,731 victories.
Detroit right-hander Jose Urena (2-5) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings in his first big league start since May 26. He had been sidelined by a strained right forearm.
The Tigers finished with five hits. They dropped three of four in the series.
That was more than enough for Cease, who allowed five hits and walked one. The right-hander improved to 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA against the Tigers, becoming the first White Sox pitcher to win his first seven career starts against a single opponent since Mark Buehrle versus Texas from 2001-2005, according to Elias Sports.
Cease got some help from center fielder Adam Engel, who robbed Niko Goodrum of a homer with a leaping catch at the wall in the fifth. It was Engel’s first game of the season after he was sidelined by a right hamstring injury.
Tigers: RHP Michael Fulmer was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain. RHP Jason Foley was brought up from Triple-A Toledo, and OF JaCoby Jones was designated for assignment. … Manager A.J. Hinch said RHP Spencer Turnbull (strained right forearm) will see the team doctors when the Tigers return to Detroit. “All signs are positive so far,” Hinch said.
White Sox: OF Billy Hamilton (right oblique strain) was placed on the 10-day IL, and Engel was reinstated from the IL. … LHP Jace Fry (microdiscectomy) pitched on back-to-back days for the first time during his rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte, tossing a scoreless inning on Friday and Saturday. “We’re optimistic but it’s slow play,” La Russa said. … La Russa said his most recent report on Michael Kopech (strained left hamstring) said his throwing and exercise programs had been ramped up, and the right-hander was responding very well.