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White Sox 4, Tigers 3: Comeback jeopardizes draft pick

Leury Garcia delivers walk-off single to cap ninth-inning heroics, push Sox out of protected-pick range for at least one night

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It will always be weird to root for a draft pick in September and October, because it ends up in rooting against guys who really need the last month to mean something, even if indirectly.

In this case, you had Leury Garcia smacking a walk-off single through the left side with two outs in the ninth inning to score J.B. Shuck, who doubled with one out to score Avisail Garcia all the way from first after he led off by drawing a walk from Neftali Feliz. The White Sox were trailing 3-2 starting the ninth, and they ended up winning by a run.

All of those above White Sox need all the numbers and moments they can get, because they're playing for jobs next year. You can also rope in Erik Johnson, who battled Justin Verlander to a draw after 6⅓ innings, limiting the damage to a two-run Miguel Cabrera homer. They got theirs, but it propelled them to the 11th-worst record in baseball by the end of the game. Seattle and Oakland are still playing, and the White Sox can fall back into 10th if the Mariners win, since they hold the tiebreaker.

The Tigers, on the other hand, secured one of the 10 worst records in baseball thanks to Feliz's blown save. Here's how the other half lives:

Record: 76-85 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights