DETROIT -- Avisail Garcia tormented his old team in his first trip back since the July 30 trade.
Despite a five-day layoff for the birth of his first child, the White Sox outfielder showed no rust in the team’s three-game series at Comerica Park. Instead Garcia displayed every aspect of the five-tool game the White Sox have drooled over since they were able to pry him from the Detroit Tigers in a three-team trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox.
Garcia finished a strong overall weekend with a three-hit, two-RBI performance Sunday in a 6-3 White Sox victory.
“He came ready to play,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s different for him especially coming from the team you were just traded from. I’m sure there’s a little adrenaline there and incentive.”
If there was any extra emotion Garcia didn’t fess up. But he certainly played as if he wanted to make his old team remember just whom they traded away.
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Garcia homered off potential Cy Young winner Max Scherzer and tripled in a blowout loss on Friday. He had two more hits on Saturday, a stolen base and an outfield assist when nailed Miguel Cabrera from the corner in right field as he tried to stretch a single into a double.
He rounded out a weekend in which he went 7-for-15 at the plate with five RBIs with a diving grab to rob Prince Fielder of a single on Sunday.
If Garcia felt anything extra he didn’t let it be known and instead let his numbers talk for him. In eight games against the Tigers the rookie was 12-for-36 (.333) with two triples, a home run, eight RBIs and a steal.
“You have to work and do your thing and try to do something good for your team,” Garcia said. “I try to be focused, hit the ball good and do my thing and finish strong. … Play hard, play with your heart and finish strong. See what happen next season. Work hard in the offseason and see what happen.”