John Danks' command was off Wednesday, but the determination the White Sox' starting pitcher is known for was still in place.
That's the best way to explain why Danks emerged with the well-deserved win after the Sox took the early lead against the Tigers on Alejandro De Aza's 2-run homer and hung on for the 2-1 decision.
"I felt like I had real good stuff," Danks said after allowing 1 run on 6 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings. "I had issues throwing exactly to where I wanted to throw. I didn't feel like I had a clean inning after the first or second. And I guess I really didn't. I felt like I had good enough stuff to pitch out of it and there were plays made behind me that really helped."
Danks did tie his career high with 10 strikeouts, but he also threw 116 pitches before Chris Sale came out of the bullpen and threw 2⅔ perfect innings.
The win was huge for the White Sox, who took two of three in the series and trail the first-place Tigers by 3½ games.
"I think when it's all said and done, we're going to be the team to reckon with," Danks said. "That doesn't mean any disrespect to anyone else, but we have a good group of guys in here. Plenty of talent. We're at 3 1/2 games out, there's plenty of baseball against our division to be played, and that should make for a fun stretch."
After being traded to the Blue Jays Wednesday, White Sox starter Edwin Jackson was sent to the Cardinals as part of a package that netted Toronto outfielder Colby Rasmus.
Jackson has been traded six times in the last six years.
"I was born on the move," Jackson said. "Being a military brat, my whole life I've been moving, making new friends. It (stinks) when you start becoming close-knit and friendly with the guys when you've been here a while. I can still call and check on everyone. At the end of the day, once I'm gone, my focus is on the team I'm playing with."
Mark Teahen, who is staying with the Blue Jays, battled injuries the past two seasons after coming over in a trade from the Royals.
"Mixed emotions for sure," Teahen said. "Obviously I'm disappointed in the way it all worked out here; I wanted it to go a lot different. Injuries and opportunities didn't line up, but it is what it is, it's part of the game and I'm excited to move on to the next step of my career and go from there."
The White Sox finally cleared some roster room with Wednesday's trade, but Dayan Viciedo is still with Class AAA Charlotte after center fielder Alejandro De Aza got the call.
Viciedo is currently not an option. He has a sore thumb and has been sidelined since Saturday.
"The bruise is getting better, but he's not quite yet ready," general manager Kenny Williams said. "I'm not going to bring a guy who is hurt here."