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DET@LAA: Smyly fans 11 Angels in 5 2/3 strong frames

The Tigers entered Wednesday on a four-game losing streak, but holding strong as the leaders in the American League Central.

The theme for this Tigers team, starter Drew Smyly said, is resurgence when tough stretches hit.

"You've got to learn from bumps in the roads and take it with you in the future to prepare yourself better for the next group," Smyly said. "This group's been learning. They're veterans. It's fun playing with these guys. You lose a game, it's no big deal. We'll get 'em tomorrow."

An offensive onslaught Wednesday night -- a six-run first inning against the White Sox -- helped the Tigers snap that losing streak. They'll turn to Smyly on Thursday with hopes to take the series from their division rivals.

Smyly is coming off an outing in which he lasted 5 2/3 innings, surrendering two runs on four hits. The key for the left-hander of late has been the power. Smyly struck out 11 in his last outing.

"The arm speed definitely helps with the sharpness of my offspeed pitches," Smyly said. "My fastball livens everything up. That makes it harder on the hitter. You've still got to make your right pitches and locate. When you have both of those, you've got a good recipe for success."

Smyly will be opposed by White Sox left-hander John Danks, who tossed seven innings, allowing four runs, in his last outing. That was on the heels of one of Danks' worst outings this season when he lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs.

As the White Sox sit eight games behind the Tigers, Danks -- subject of trade rumors ahead of Thursday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline -- is searching for consistency.

"It's certainly a humbling game," Danks said. "There was a day when I felt like if I didn't get to certain plateaus, it would be a bad season, and now I'm excited to get back to where I think I was."

White Sox: Avisail, Lindstrom headed on rehab assignments
Outfielder Avisail Garcia and right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom will begin their respective injury rehab assignments Friday with Triple-A Charlotte, as announced Wednesday by general manager Rick Hahn.

Garcia has been out of action since sustaining a torn labrum and an avulsion fracture in his left shoulder while diving for a fly ball in right field on April 9 in Colorado. The right fielder was deemed to be out for the season following surgery, but told MLB.com in early June that he still had plans of playing this season.

Lindstrom has been out of action since May 19, when he damaged the tendon sheath in his left ankle. Manager Robin Ventura said that the role for Lindstrom, who served as closer before he was injured, would be decided upon his return.

Tigers: Castellanos returns, Suarez dealing with back tightness
One-half of the left side of the Tigers' infield was back in commission Wednesday night.

Nick Castellanos, who sustained a contusion on his right index finger during batting practice Tuesday, was in the lineup for the second game of the series against the White Sox. He produced at the plate, too, going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs.

But Eugenio Suarez, who was forced out of Tuesday night's game by lower back tightness, was out of the lineup Wednesday. He hopes to return Thursday.

"I feel better," the rookie shortstop said. "But my lower back is hurt. Not too much like yesterday, but right now I feel like a little pinch. When I bend down to take ground balls, it hurts."

Worth noting
• Paul Konerko has had success against Smyly, going 6-for-9 against the left-hander with a solo home run.

• At the conclusion of this series with the White Sox, the Tigers won't face another team from the American League Central until a four-game series at Minnesota from Aug. 22-24.

• White Sox slugger Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 19 games Wednesday night with a seventh-inning single. He has hit in 37 of his last 38 games -- the lone hitless contest in that stretch coming on July 5 against Seattle.

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