La Russa passes McGraw on wins list as White Sox beat Tigers

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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.

La Russa watched as Chicago won for the 10th time in 14 games. Dylan Cease (4-2) struck out 10 in seven sparkling innings, and Tim Anderson had two hits and two RBIs.

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.

Chicago scored each of its runs in the second. Andrew Vaughn singled in Adam Eaton and scored on Anderson’s two-run single with two outs.

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.

Aaron Bummer got three outs before Liam Hendriks worked the ninth for his 15th save.

TRAINER’S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Kicking off a six-game homestand, LHP Matthew Boyd (2-6, 3.90 ERA) starts Tuesday night against LHP Marco Gonzales (1-3, 5.01 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners.

White Sox: Following an off day, LHP Carlos Rodon (5-2, 1.98 ERA) starts Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series against Toronto. LHP Robbie Ray takes the mound for the visiting Blue Jays.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.