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-White Sox game Tuesday night suddenly turned everyone’s attention to the stands.A fan was hit in the face by a foul ball Cal Ripken Jersey , bled profusely before walking to the first aid station and was taken to a hospital, briefly delaying Detroit’s 8-3 win.A White Sox spokesperson said the middle-aged male fan was transported to Rush University Medical Center for treatment.The man was sitting in the first row on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field — well beyond where the netting extends to the end of the camera box past the dugout — when he was struck by Jeimer Candelario’s foul leading off the Tigers ninth.The game was held up for a couple minutes while he was treated at his seat. He eventually walked away under his own power, escorted by stadium personnel.“I was scared and I hope everything is good for him,” Candelario said. “I think he tried to turn away from and it just moved back and the ball hit him.”“I don’t know what part of the face it hit. It’s sad,” he said.Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire didn’t see the impact, but said he saw Candelario’s foul ball “hook and then I heard everybody yell.”“That’s the scary part of the game,” Gardenhire said. “This is very fast game and they hit the ball very hard. That’s the worst feeling in the world when you’re sitting in that dugout and see a line drive go into the stands.”“I think it hit a gentleman and hopefully he’s OK. I know it got him pretty good from what they said,” he said.Mikie Mahtook hit a two-run homer and rookie Grayson Greiner drove in three runs as Francisco Liriano won for the first time in over four months.Greiner had a two-run double during a five-run second inning. Dawel Lugo also had a two-run double during the burst.After being staked to an early lead, Liriano (4-9) allowed two earned runs in five innings to earn his first victory since April 28. The 34-year-old left-hander ended his 0-8 drought that covered 16 starts and one relief appearance. During his slide, Liriano had a 5.56 ERA.“I just tried to focus and work on the things I needed to work on,” Liriano said. “I’ve been struggling the last couple of months, but you have to put that behind you and just come ready to pitch every five days.”Sandy Baez http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-j.j.-hardy-jersey , Joe Jimenez and Alex Wilson followed Liriano with four scoreless innings of relief.Yoan Moncada and Ryan Cordell drove in runs for the White Sox.Lucas Giolito (10-10) entered with a 3-0 record and 2.84 ERA in his previous four outings. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings and was charged with four earned on four hits and two walks.“They had some really good at-bats and I just let the game speed up on me,” Giolito said. “Instead of kind of being within myself, slowing it down, I just kind of let it speed up.”“You do that at this level and you’re going to have the kind of inning I had in the second,” he said.Greiner’s double to the right-center warning track with the bases loaded and none out drove in Detroit’s first two runs. Lugo’s double to the left-center gap made it 4-0 and he advanced to third when center fielder Adam Engel didn’t field the ball cleanly.Lugo scored when the White Sox couldn’t complete a double play on Jim Adduci’s grounder.Greiner drove in another unearned run with a single in the third to make it 6-0 after catcher Kevan Smith dropped his popup behind the plate.Mahtook hit his sixth homer in the eighth off Ryan Burr to make it 8-3.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: Gardenhire said RH starter Michael Fulmer, who suffered a right shin contusion on Monday when he was hit by Daniel Palka’s hard comebacker, shouldn’t miss a turn in the rotation. Fulmer left the game in the sixth inning after being struck, but played catch on Tuesday as usual and said he felt fine.White Sox: OF Ryan LaMarre started in left after exiting Sunday’s game with right hip soreness.UP NEXTDetroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann (6-6, 4.22) faces White Sox rookie RHP Michael Kopech (1-0, 0.82) in the series finale on Wednesday night. The 22-year-old Kopech, Chicago’s top pitching prospect, will make his fourth start since being recalled from Triple-A on Aug. 21. DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon’s bushy beard dripped with bubbly Jim Palmer Jersey , while Carlos Gonzalez cheerfully soaked up all the spray coming at him from every direction. Nolan Arenado posed for picture after picture as teammates got selfies with him.Think this party scene was wild, hold on. The Colorado Rockies are hoping to exchange those hats that read, “Postseason,” for ones that say, “NL West Champions.”Now that would really be a party.The NL West-leading Rockies locked up a playoff berth for the second straight season, beating the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Friday night for their eighth win in a row behind a resilient start from Kyle Freeland.David Dahl homered for the fifth consecutive game and Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer against his former team to help Colorado clinch at least a wild card with two games remaining. The Rockies remained one game ahead of Los Angeles as they try to wrap up the franchise’s first division crown. The Dodgers won 3-1 in San Francisco.“It’s a playoff atmosphere,” Arenado said. “The good thing about us is we’ve been in a playoff atmosphere before. We know how to handle it.”Colorado can take the NL West title — and end Los Angeles’ five-year reign — with a win Saturday and a Dodgers loss.Wade Davis struck out Bryce Harper looking to end the game and earn his 43rd save. The sellout crowd at Coors Field roared and fireworks went off.Plenty to celebrate: The Rockies are headed to the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time in team history. This is their fifth playoff trip since the franchise began in 1993 — last year, they lost to Arizona in the NL wild-card game.“It’s just incredible,” said Freeland, who grew up in Denver and was a big Rockies fan. “I dreamt of this as a little kid and never thought I’d be in this position to do it. But the work is not done.”Freeland (17-7) wiggled out of jam after jam on a cool night to finish the season with a 2.40 ERA in games at the hitter-friendly ballpark. The lefty allowed two runs and 11 hits over six innings before turning it over to a staunch bullpen.The Rockies’ winning streak is their longest since capturing eight straight in April 2013. During the current streak, the Rockies have outscored opponents by a 57-12 margin.With posters around the stadium billing this as “The Hunt for Rocktober,” the team improved to 18-8 in September. They’re on a quest to end the Dodgers’ five-year reign as division champions.Freeland found himself in trouble quite often Mark Trumbo Jersey , but was able to work his way out of it. His one big mistake was a fastball in the fourth that Trea Turner lined for a two-out, two-run triple to give the Nationals a 2-1 lead.Desmond put the Rockies up 3-2 in the fifth with his 22nd homer of the season. Two pitches later, Chris Iannetta went deep. It was the fifth time the Rockies have hit back-to-back homers this season.With his solo shot in the sixth, Dahl became the fourth Rockies player to homer in five straight games. He joins Dante Bichette (1995), Larry Walker (1999) and Arenado (2015).Freeland finished with a 2.85 ERA overall this season. He joins Marvin Freeman (2.80, 1994) and Ubaldo Jimenez (2.88, 2010) as the only Rockies pitchers who qualified for the league ERA title with a mark below 3.00.Joe Ross (0-2) allowed four runs over five innings in his third start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.“I felt OK. The last couple innings, my stuff kind of flattened out,” Ross said. “That’s frustrating, the team had the lead and then I give it right back.”The party in the Rockies clubhouse was wild, but not too wild for one reason.“This is just the first step,” Gonzalez said. “We understand we have a big chance in front of us.”TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: INF Ryan Zimmerman was out of the starting lineup with a sore back and the team plans to take a cautious approach. “I don’t want him to start the offseason worried about rehabbing Chris Tillman Jersey ,” manager Dave Martinez said.Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson’s sore shoulder is a “little better,” manager Bud Black said. “He seems to be trending in the right direction.”PAIR OF ACESWashington will throw right-hander Stephen Strasburg (9-7, 3.77 ERA) on Saturday. But whether NL Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer (18-7, 2.53) starts Sunday largely depends on what’s still at stake for the Rockies.“We’re going to relish the moment,” Arenado said of possibly facing two aces. “You have to face the best pitchers in the game to get where you want to be.”UP NEXTThe Rockies will send RHP Jon Gray (12-8, 4.91 ERA) to the mound Saturday against Strasburg, who’s looking to hit the 10-win mark for a fifth straight season.

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