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Alex Avila has left the building: Tigers 3, White Sox 2

Final - 8.14.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 8 0
Chicago White Sox 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 10 0
WP: Phil Coke (7 - 2)
LP: J.J. Putz (5 - 4)

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Sure, Friday was Elvis night at New Comiskey. But the announcement on Saturday could have been "Alex has left the building."

Not literally, but Alex Avila's hit in the ninth did leave the ballfield, which is good enough for me. It was good enough to erase a one-run deficit and install a one-run lead, too. It was Avila's first home run since July 10.

That was important because Rick Porcello pitched too good of a game to get tagged with the loss. Thirteen of Porcello's 20 outs came via the ground ball; three from strikeout and four from balls in the air. He still needs to get more strikeouts, but the results show he pitched a pretty heavy ball at times. Obviously that's a big positive. Still, allowing nine hits -- all singles -- and two walks in seven innings shows plenty of room for improvement. Chicago went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and hit into three double plays. In the end, Porcello allowed just two runs, but it seems like it could have been worse.

Detroit has a chance to claim a series victory tomorrow. It would be the Tigers' first of the season against the Sox.