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DETROIT -- Joakim Soria is eager to pitch again after his Comerica Park debut as a Detroit Tiger turned into a debacle.

In his second appearance since being traded from Texas, Soria was charged with four earned runs and six hits, including two home runs, in one-third of an inning against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. Soria entered the seventh inning with the Tigers trailing 3-2 and departed with a 9-2 deficit in an 11-4 loss.

"It was the worst outing of my career, even in my life, I think," Soria said. "I can't remember an outing like this in my life. It's something that happens to everybody. Obviously, I want to get out there and redeem myself."

He didn't get that chance during Wednesday's 7-2 victory as manager Brad Ausmus plans to use him in tight situations.

Soria was lights out as the Rangers' closer prior to the deal, allowing one or no runs in 33 of his 35 appearances while recording 17 saves. He allowed three earned runs on two separate occasions -- April 8 against Boston and June 27 against Minnesota -- but lasted a full inning in both of those games. His ERA rose more than a full point to 3.71 on Tuesday.

The last time Soria gave up four earned runs was July 30, 2011, against Cleveland in two-thirds of an inning while pitching for Kansas City.

"You want to get out there as soon as possible to get it out of your system," Soria said. "You can't stay with that outing too long in your mind because then it's just going to get you sick. You have to come in the next day trusting in your stuff and try to do better, try to watch video, try to see what was wrong and go from there."

Soria, who allowed three baserunners in one-third of an inning during his Tigers debut against the Los Angeles Angels on July 26, had a simple explanation for what went wrong. Among the hits he allowed were a three-run double to shortstop Alexei Ramirez, a two-run home run to first baseman Jose Abreu and a solo shot to designated hitter Adam Dunn.

"They weren't quality pitches," he said. "They were pitches that stayed up in the zone and in the middle."

Ausmus doesn't expect any lingering effects from Tuesday's meltdown.

"He seems like a standup, team-oriented guy," Ausmus said. "It's much easier for a player who's got experience to handle failure on a big stage than a guy who's a young phenom or just a young player who's thinking he's blown his one shot of sticking in the major leagues because he had one bad outing or one bad game."

NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 58-46

STREAK: Won one

NEXT: White Sox (LHP John Danks, 9-6, 4.40) at Tigers (LHP Drew Smyly, 6-9, 3.77)

PLAYER NOTES:

--3B Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high four runs during Wednesday's 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. He returned the lineup after missing Tuesday's game with a right finger contusion. Castellanos suffered the injury on a bad-hop grounder during infield practice and the finger was still sore on Wednesday. "I definitely knew that I was not feeling as strong as I am when both of my hands are fine but it worked out for the best because I didn't try to do too much," he said. "It's not 100 percent but it was good enough where I could play today."

--RHP Max Scherzer took advantage of the early run support and posted his American League-leading 13th victory on Wednesday. Scherzer, who won a major-league best 21 games and captured the AL Cy Young award last season, allowed only five singles in seven innings while walking one and striking out six. He has five wins and two no-decisions in his last seven starts. "I pounded the strike zone," he said. "I came out and threw 20 of 25 first-pitch strikes. You do that, you put them on their heels."

--LHP Drew Smyly has looked sharp in his two post-All-Star break starts and hopes to continue that trend against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon. Smyly held Cleveland to one run in seven innings on July 20 to get a victory, then was a hard-luck loser against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday when he allowed two runs and struck out a career-high 11 batters in 5 2/3 innings. He does not have a decision in 10 career appearances against the White Sox, including three starts, but recorded a quality start on April 23 when he held them to two runs in six innings.

--SS Eugenio Suarez was not in Wednesday's lineup because of lower back tightness. Suarez's back flared up while throwing out Chicago's Alexei Ramirez during the first inning of Tuesday's game, when he was removed in the fourth inning. Manager Brad Ausmus is hopeful of having Suarez back in the lineup as early as Thursday. "I'm not overly alarmed by this," he said.

--RHP Evan Reed was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman in a Detroit area hotel on March 30, just prior to Opening Day. Reed appeared in 27 games with the Tigers before being sent down to Triple-A Toledo in June. The charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Reed will be arraigned Thursday morning in Detroit District Court. The Tigers organization has not disciplined Reed since the allegation was made, instead taking a wait-and-see approach on the situation.

--RF Torii Hunter had three hits, scored two runs and knocked in another in Wednesday's victory. Hunter is batting .366 with five home runs and 22 RBIs since July 2. His hot month has alleviated fears that the 39-year-old Hunter was no longer an everyday player following his slow start. Hunter has raised his batting average to .277.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The dumb philosophy is I'll give them heaters. You're up 6-0, you don't want to get beat (with off-speed pitches). Fortunately, I've had the luxury of pitching in these situations because of this offense we have and I've found that you almost need to throw your off-speed a little more. Their hitters are going up there gearing up for the fastball. They're trying to get back in the game by driving fastballs." -- Max Scherzer, on pitching with a big early lead, as he was Wednesday.

ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:

--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. He might start a new rehab assignment with Lakeland during the week of July 28-Aug. 3.

--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.

ROTATION:

RHP Justin Verlander

RHP Max Scherzer

RHP Rick Porcello

LHP Drew Smyly

RHP Anibal Sanchez

BULLPEN:

RHP Joe Nathan (closer)

RHP Joba Chamberlain

RHP Joakim Soria

RHP Al Alburquerque

LHP Phil Coke

LHP Blaine Hardy

LHP Ian Krol

CATCHERS:

Alex Avila

Bryan Holaday

INFIELDERS:

1B Miguel Cabrera

2B Ian Kinsler

SS Eugenio Suarez

3B Nick Castellanos

DH Victor Martinez

INF Don Kelly

INF Andrew Romine

OUTFIELDERS:

LF J.D. Martinez

CF Austin Jackson

RF Torii Hunter

OF Rajai Davis

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