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Shane Greene struggles as Detroit Tigers lose 5-2 to Chicago White Sox

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CHICAGO — Shane Greene is a work in progress for the Detroit Tigers, and it sounds as if he is going to get plenty of attention in the coming days.

Greene was knocked out in the third inning of Detroit's 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. The right-hander, acquired in a December trade with the New York Yankees, has pitched just 11 innings in his last three outings after a strong start to the season.

"This isn't the first time this has ever happened to anybody and it probably won't be the last time," Greene said. "So I've got to keep working - it's a long season. I believe in myself, I believe in the process and we'll get 'em next time."

Back at home after a trying road trip, the White Sox used a strong outing by Jeff Samardzija to end a five-game losing streak. Two of their three games in Baltimore were postponed due to riots near Camden Yards, and they were swept in a four-game series at Minnesota.

"We just needed to regroup and understand that we have a great team here and we just need to go out and do what we do," Samardzija said. "We came out and played a strong game."

Samardzija (2-2) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings. The right-hander struck out seven and walked one.

Alex Avila homered for Detroit, and Ian Kinsler had an RBI single. Avila, Kinsler and Anthony Gose had two hits apiece.

Greene (3-2) was charged with five runs and five hits in 2 2-3 innings. He also walked four, giving him 10 in his last four starts.

Asked if anything was wrong with Greene's mechanics, Ausmus said: "He worked on some things, but he found some things between the previous start and the last start. I've already been talking with him and we have some ideas with where to go."

Avila's two-out drive in the second went off the glove of a leaping Melky Cabrera at the wall in left, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead. But Chicago went ahead to stay with four runs in the third.

PHOTO: Chicago White Sox's Conor Gillaspie hits a two-run triple off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Shane Greene, scoring Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia, during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago White Sox's Conor Gillaspie hits a two-run triple off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Shane Greene, scoring Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia, during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

With one out and a runner on second, Greene issued three consecutive walks to force home a run. Avisail Garcia had a run-scoring fielder's choice, and Conor Gillaspie drove Greene's last pitch of the night into the gap in right-center for a two-run triple.

Detroit had runners on the corners for Miguel Cabrera in the fifth, but Samardzija fanned the feared slugger to end the inning. He wiggled out of another jam in the seventh, shaking off a comebacker off his right arm in time to throw out Kinsler for the final out.

"They got an X-ray on him. It got him in the arm, but they said right now everything's good," manager Robin Ventura said. "It was just a good night for him. He picked us up big."

VERLANDER UPDATE

Detroit RHP Justin Verlander (strained right triceps) had a third MRI on Tuesday morning in Chicago. The 2011 AL MVP is hoping the inflammation has subsided enough to allow him to increase his throwing program.

"We have the MRI results, but we haven't spoken to all the doctors yet," Ausmus said. "Once we talk to all the doctors, we'll let you know."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: SS Jose Iglesias was out of the lineup after he left Sunday's 6-4 win at Kansas City with left groin tightness. Ausmus said he planned to play him, but decided to give him another day because of the wet conditions at U.S. Cellular Field. ... Ausmus said RHP Bruce Rondon (bicipital tendinitis) will return to Detroit on Friday to continue his rehab.

White Sox: CF Adam Eaton returned to the lineup after he missed three games due to an illness. ... Reliever Matt Albers had surgery last week on his broken right pinkie. The operation changes the timeline for Albers' return to six to eight weeks. He got hurt when Chicago brawled with Kansas City on April 23.

UP NEXT

Tigers RHP Alfredo Simon (4-1, 3.13 ERA) and White Sox LHP Chris Sale (2-1, 5.32 ERA) face off Wednesday night. Simon won his first four starts with Detroit, and then was knocked out in the fifth inning of an 8-1 loss at Kansas City on Thursday. Sale is hoping to bounce back from a rough start at Minnesota.


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