The White Sox called up Triple-A Charlotte left-hander Donnie Veal and optioned southpaw Pedro Hernandez to Charlotte on Thursday. Veal has gone 6-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 29 appearances with Charlotte this season. His last big league game came in 2009 with the Pirates, a season that saw him go 1-0 with a 7.16 ERA in 19 appearances. Hernandez made his Major League debut Wednesday, giving up eight runs on 12 hits over four-plus innings in a 10-1 loss to the Red Sox. After going 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position during their 3-1 loss to the Red Sox Thursday night, the White Sox no longer hold the Major Leagues' best batting average with runners in scoring position. The Tigers, who got two hits in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position in their 5-1 win over the Angels on Thursday, hold a .2954 batting average this season with runners in scoring position while the White Sox slipped .2948. The White Sox are batting .205 with runners in scoring position over their last eight games. Tigers: Dirks' rehab assignment delayed
Andy Dirks experienced a setback during a workout Tuesday that will prevent him from beginning a rehab assignment until at least this weekend. He has been on the disabled list since June 3 with right Achilles tendinitis and, despite going through a week's worth of pain-free workouts in Florida, will stop participating in baseball-related activities for now. Dirks was batting .328 with four home runs, 16 RBIs, and 24 runs in 37 games before suffering the injury. "It's getting better. But yesterday it was just a little sore," Dirks said. "That was the most I did on it, and I came in yesterday a little stiff." "It wasn't too good," manager Jim Leyland said. "He was real good the day before, and then he came in yesterday sore. So we've backed off it a little bit again." The Tigers fanned 10 batters Thursday, getting nine strikeouts from Max Scherzer, who gave up just three hits and one run over seven innings while improving to 9-5 on the year. He struck out both Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo twice. The Tigers lead the AL with 768 strikeouts and 8.47 strikeouts per nine innings. Worth noting
The Tigers are a Major League-best 13-5 (.722) since June 28 and have won 10 of their last 16 games at Comerica Park.
Kevin Youkilis batted .417 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs in his first series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park since being traded to the White Sox last month. His .353 batting average this month is tied for the second-best in the Majors, and he has driven in 15 runs and scored 13 in 13 July games.