DETROIT, MI (WTVB) - The Detroit Tigers Tuesday made their second trade in two days with the latest deal providing insurance at shortstop with the reported 50 game suspension of Jhonny Peralta expected by the end of the week. Last night at Comerica Park, Detroit catcher Alex Avilla was the hero against the Nationals, belting a 2-out grand slam in the sixth inning off Stephen Strasburg to break a one-one tie and 5-to-1 was the final score in Detroit’s fourth straight victory. It was Avilla’s first career grand slam and it helped make a winner of Anibal Sanchez, who improved to 9-and-7 after allowing five hits and a run over seven innings. Jose Veras, the reliever who was acquired by Detroit in a trade from Houston on Monday, retired the side in order in the eighth. Joaquin Benoit worked around a single in the ninth inning to close out the contest.
Detroit will try to sweep the brief two game series with Washington this afternoon as Justin Verlander goes to the mound for the Tigers as they continue to lead the American League Central by 3 games over the Indians after Cleveland’s 7-to-4 win last night over the White Sox, who were a major part of the 3 team trade that involved the Tigers and the Red Sox. The deal brings to Detroit from Boston 23-year-old Jose Iglesias, who has batted .330 with one home run and 19 RBI’s in 63 games this year for the Red Sox at shortstop and third base. He has the top batting average among all American League rookies this season.
The swap cost Detroit 22-year old outfielder Avisail Garcia, who ends up with the White Sox and also reliever Brayan Villarreal, who heads to Boston. The marquee name in the deal is right handed pitcher Jake Peavy with the former Cy Young Award winner moving from Chicago to Boston with the Red Sox receiving a pair of White Sox minor league pitchers and an infielder. Baseball’s non-waiver trading deadline is four o’clock this afternoon.