ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Joakim Soria ranked eighth in the American League with 17 saves while with the Texas Rangers this season, but he will have a different role after he was acquired by the Detroit Tigers in a trade Wednesday.
That leaves the seventh inning for Soria.
"I think it was more important for us to get somebody who could pitch late in the game, that can pitch in the seventh, eighth or ninth," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a conference call with reporters. "That was really our main focus."
Soria, a right-hander, has been especially tough against right-handed hitters this season, holding them to a .089 average (4-for-45), second best among all major league relievers.
Soria wasn't needed Thursday as the Tigers got seven innings from Max Scherzer in a 6-4 win over the Detroit Tigers. Chamberlain gave up a run in the eighth, and Nathan struck out the side in the ninth for the save.
STREAK: Won two
NEXT: Tigers (LHP Drew Smyly, 6-8, 3.80 ERA) at Angels (LHP Tyler Skaggs, 5-5, 4.65 ERA)
--OF J.D. Martinez was a late scratch from Thursday's game against the Angels because of a strained quadriceps muscle. He also missed Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks due to the same ailment, but he is expected to return to the lineup Friday.
--RHP Joakim Soria had 17 saves for the Rangers before being traded to the Tigers on Wednesday, but he will not take over the closer's duties with his new team. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Soria ideally would pitch the seventh inning with RHPs Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan retaining their roles in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Ausmus used Chamberlain and Nathan in the last two innings Thursday to close out a 6-4 win over the Angels. Soria did not pitch.
--CF Austin Jackson is hitting .383 (31-for-81) with 18 runs, 10 doubles, two triples, one homer and 10 RBIs since July 2. He reached base in 18 of 19 games during that stretch.
--RHP Max Scherzer gave up three runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings, earning the victory over the Angels on Thursday. He struck out 11, his second-highest, single-game total this season. He struck out 13 on June 28 vs. Houston.
--LHP Drew Smyly will start Friday's game against the Angels. He won each of his past two starts, beating the Royals on July 10 and the Indians on July 20. Smyly is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four career games (two starts) vs. the Angels.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "They were able to get to me there, they put together some really good at-bats against me. They grind each at-bat, foul pitches off and were able to capitalize on some mistakes. I made some good pitches, and they were able to put the ball in play. They got some hits that way to keep the inning going." -- RHP Max Scherzer, who beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-4 on Thursday to tie for the major league lead with 12 wins.
--LF J.D. Martinez (strained quadriceps) did not play July 23-24. He is expected to play July 25.
--LF Andy Dirks (lower back surgery in March 2014) went on the 15-day disabled list March 29, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 21. Dirks said he has had problems with his lower back since high school, but it locked up on him early in spring training. He was cleared to resume light baseball activity May 2. He was throwing and taking dry swings as of May 10. He was throwing and taking dry swings as of May 24, and he was running again as of June 3. As of June 12, Dirks was hitting off a tee, doing soft-toss batting drills and running bases. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Lakeland on July 8. Dirks' rehab assignment was halted July 16 because of muscular soreness.
--LHP Pat McCoy (right hamstring strain) went on the 15-day disabled list July 6. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on July 22.
--RHP Joel Hanrahan (Tommy John surgery in May 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list May 2, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 19. He was throwing off the mound and playing long toss as of May 24. After a slight hamstring setback, he was only playing long toss from about 120 feet in mid-June. He threw a 25-pitch bullpen session July 5.
--RHP Luke Putkonen (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list on April 21, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 22. He began a rehab assignment with Class-A West Michigan on May 7, and he moved his rehab to Triple-A Toledo on May 9. His rehab assignment was halted in mid-May, and he underwent surgery to shave down the bone in his right elbow on June 13. He is out until late July or early August.
--RHP Bruce Rondon (Tommy John surgery in March 2014) went on the 60-day disabled list March 29. He is out for the season.
--SS Jose Iglesias (stress fractures in both shins) went on the 60-day disabled list March 29. He was declared out for the season by GM Dave Dombrowski on June 4.
RHP Justin Verlander
RHP Max Scherzer
RHP Rick Porcello
LHP Drew Smyly
RHP Anibal Sanchez
RHP Joe Nathan (closer)
RHP Joba Chamberlain
RHP Joakim Soria
RHP Al Alburquerque
LHP Phil Coke
LHP Blaine Hardy
LHP Ian Krol
1B Miguel Cabrera
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Eugenio Suarez
3B Nick Castellanos
DH Victor Martinez
INF Don Kelly
INF Andrew Romine
LF J.D. Martinez
CF Austin Jackson
RF Torii Hunter
OF Rajai Davis
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