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Tigers 6, White Sox 0: And Seth Smith shall protect them

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Loss in season finale + Mariners victory = protected first-round draft pick in 2016

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Now everybody can enjoy the big moments from Leury Garcia and J.B. Shuck on Saturday.

The White Sox' home schedule opened with a 6-0 shutout and closed with a 6-0 shutout, but while the former was a bummer, the latter is a thrill. Today's loss, combined with the Mariners' 3-2 win over Oakland via a Seth Smith eighth-inning solo shot, gave the Sox the 10th and final protected pick in the 2016 draft.

The guy who needed to look good today -- Frankie Montas -- did just that. After allowing a run and leaving the bases loaded during a rocky 30-pitch first inning, he kept the Tigers off the board over the next three by retiring the last nine he faced. He hit 100 and struck out seven over four innings, and even while he was facing Detroit's second-stringers, that kind of display was still welcome and appreciated.

The White Sox' second- and third-stringers couldn't muster anything against Detroit's best pitching prospect, Daniel Norris. He allowed just a hit and a walk over five innings, and both of them occurred in the same inning. Trayce Thompson broke up the no-hitter in the fourth with a one-out triple and Avisail Garcia walked, but Alexei Ramirez grounded into a 1-4-3 double play to kill the threat.

If it was Ramirez's last game for the White Sox, he went quietly, going 0-for-4 with four stranded out of the DH spot, ending the game with a groundout. And in what is hopefully Gordon Beckham's last game with the Sox, he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Dan Jennings was the only one of five Sox pitchers to not allow a run. His reward for a 1-2-3 inning? A 3.99 ERA.

Record: 76-86 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights