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DETROIT (AP) — ept the accolades for a move that made him look like a genius.Gardenhire gave Nicholas Castellanos a rare day off Sunday http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , and his best hitter rewarded him with the game of his life on Monday night.Castellanos had a career-high five hits, including a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning, and drove in five runs as the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 9-5.“I’m not sure how much credit I can take for not playing Nicky when he couldn’t walk yesterday,” Gardenhire said. “I think most managers could figure that one out on their own.”Castellanos had played in 113 of Detroit’s first 118 games, but a bruised foot earned him the rare rest. He hit .216 in his previous 32 games.“I think it was good for me,” Castellanos said. “It had been a minute since I had just watched a baseball game from the bench, and it gave me a chance to see a few things from a different angle.”Castellanos singled in the first, doubled and scored in the fourth, hit an RBI double in the fifth and hit a two-run home run off Jeanmar Gomez (0-1) in the seventh.He came up again in the eighth with the bases loaded and two outs, needing a triple for the cycle, but settled for a two-run single that put the Tigers ahead 9-5.“That was a great night,” he said. “There are times when I put extra pressure on myself, because I know this is a young offense, so it is fun to have a game like this one.”It was the sixth five-RBI game of his career Travis Wood Jersey , including one against the White Sox on June 16. He’s hitting .419 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 43 at-bats against Chicago this season.“He started doing this to us last season,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “We come to town and it seems like he comes to life.”Louis Coleman (4-1) got the win with a scoreless inning of relief. The Tigers are 9-1 against the White Sox this season.Detroit is 3-1 since returning from a winless six-game road trip. Chicago has lost six of seven.Detroit starter Artie Lewicki allowed three runs on six hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. Chicago’s Reynaldo Lopez gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk in five innings.It was 4-4 when Castellanos lined his 17th homer into the Tigers bullpen with one out in the seventh.Adam Engel made it 6-5 with a homer off Alex Wilson in the eighth, but Victor Reyes restored the two-run lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning before Castellanos’ fifth hit.Chicago took a 3-0 lead in the third.Engel led off the inning with a double, Lewicki hit Nicky Delmonico and Yolmer Sanchez put down a bunt single to load the bases with no one out. Jose Abreu made it 1-0 with a sacrifice fly, and Daniel Palka followed with an RBI single. Avisail Garcia drove home the third run with another sacrifice fly.The White Sox were outscored 9-2 from there.“We had more opportunities to add on runs, but we left them out there,” Renteria said.Jeimer Candelario’s sacrifice fly made it 3-1 in the bottom of the third, and Victor Martinez’s RBI double in the fourth scored Castellanos. The Tigers took the lead with two runs in the fifth. After loading the bases with no one out, Jose Iglesias hit into a double play to make it 3-3, and Castellanos followed with an RBI double.“Nick is the heart of our offense, though, and when he starts hitting, it is contagious,” said James McCann http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , who had three hits and scored three runs.Omar Navarez led off the sixth with a homer off Drew VerHagen to make it 4-4, and the White Sox started the seventh with back-to-back singles, but Coleman got out of the jam with a shallow fly ball and a double play.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: CF JaCoby Jones was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, and OF Mikie Mahtook was recalled from Triple-A Toledo. Mahtook started in left field. … RHP Michael Fulmer, who has been sidelined since July 20 with an oblique strain, will make a rehab start for Single-A Toledo on Tuesday or Wednesday.THOUGHTS FOR LEONYS MARTINThe Tigers have been closely following the news about Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin, who was hospitalized last week with a life-threatening bacterial infection. Martin was Detroit’s starting center fielder until he was traded to Cleveland on July 31.“Everyone here knew it was a very serious situation, and Leonys is obviously someone we care a lot about,” Gardenhire said. “It has been great to hear the updates that he’s doing better, moving around and he’s got the tubes out. It has been a scary few days.”UP NEXTThe teams play the second game of their three-game series on Tuesday, with Detroit’s Blaine Hardy (4-4, 3.83) facing Chicago’s Lucas Giolito (7-9, 6.23). OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — All eyes will be watching Mike Trout as the Angels star takes his first million-dollar swings since signing that monster new contract earlier this month.The two-time AL MVP Jose Iglesias Jersey , freshly inked for $426.5 million and 12 years, and his Angels teammates open the season on the road Thursday against those slugging Oakland Athletics who surprised all of baseball by getting back to the playoffs in 2018 for the first time in four years.Sure, Trout’s contract will be all the talk for months to come.But the Angels also begin a new era under manager Brad Ausmus, the club’s first change at skipper since departed Mike Scioscia began his initial season of 2000.“I’m just glad that I can focus on baseball, because that’s all I ever wanted out of this,” Trout said. “(The contract) is out of the way and we know we’re going to be here for a long time, so now it’s just about playing, winning and trying to win a championship.”Los Angeles last won in 2002 as the AL wild card. The Angels have reached the playoffs just once since advancing to the 2009 AL championship series and losing in six games to the Yankees.Trout’s outfield mate, left fielder Justin Upton, begins the season on the injured list with a toe injury.Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch until 2020 but is working back from Tommy John surgery so he can be a designated hitter this season.“I’m really confident about this team. We all know the talent we have in the lineup and the pitching staff, and what we can do if everybody stays healthy and plays to their full potential,” Trout said. “It’s an exciting time, and we know that we’ve got some talent coming through the system that makes it even more exciting.”The A’s have their own motivations after already having played their opening day across the world: Building on last year. Oakland lost its first two games of the season to the Seattle Mariners in Tokyo.“The second year is difficult and these guys know that they have to work even harder and commit even harder to stay where we are, but if you asked our guys last year if we could be in the position we are this year everybody would take it Denny McLain Jersey , so they’re embracing it,” manager Bob Melvin said.Oakland boasts reigning majors home run leader Khris Davis, who had 48 home runs and a career-high 123 RBIs in the A’s 97-win season. They lost to New York in the wild card game.Now, the A’s are determined to take that further — and make a deep postseason run.“It kind of gave us that taste last year and gave us the confidence that we can compete with the top teams in the league,” Gold Glove first baseman Matt Olson said. “We just want to keep it rolling this year.”Olson will be sidelined for what is expected to be about a month after undergoing surgery on his right hand last Friday. He was injured when he got hit by a foul tip in his final at-bat during last Thursday’s 5-4, 12-inning loss to the Mariners in Japan.The Gold Glove first baseman played all 162 games last year in his first full major league season, hitting 29 homers and driving in 85 runs while batting .247. Along with Davis and third baseman Matt Chapman’s 24 homers, the A’s lineup cleared the fences 227 times in 2018 — third-most in baseball behind the Yankees (267) and Dodgers (235).In Olson’s absence, the A’s will count on Kendrys Morales — acquired Wednesday in a trade with Toronto — and Mark Canha at first and new second baseman Jurickson Profar, who can play multiple positions.“The good thing is that we do have some versatile guys and guys that can be even more productive with some consistent at-bats,” Melvin said. “There’s certain guys that you feel like are a little bit more replaceable than others. He’s a tough one, although we do have guys we like a lot. But the left-handed bat is a little bit of an issue.”

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