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Rapid Reaction: Tigers 5, White Sox 1

CHICAGO -- The Detroit Tigers completed a brief two-game sweep Wednesday with a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

How it happened: The Tigers erupted for four runs in the fourth inning in support of starter Max Scherzer to cruise to the victory. Scherzer, who won the American League Cy Young Award last season, pitched a scoreless six innings, but was removed after throwing 105 pitches. The White Sox finally broke through with two outs in the ninth inning on an RBI single from Tyler Flowers. The White Sox had six hits on the day, as Dayan Viciedo doubled twice.

What it means: The White Sox avoided yet another roster move by making Wednesday a bullpen day. Hector Noesi cruised through the first three innings, retiring nine consecutive hitters after Ian Kinsler singled to lead off the game. But it caught up to him in the fourth inning when the Tigers scored four runs on four hits. With all the moves the team had made of late, starter options were limited. Noesi was primarily a starter in the minor leagues.

Outside the box: The White Sox are sad to see April leave so soon. The weather did them no favors, but the offense still flourished in the opening month of the season. Alexei Ramirez had a single Wednesday to give him 40 hits before May 1, setting a franchise record. He had shared the record with Paul Konerko (2002) at 39. Jose Abreu ended the month with rookie records for March/April at 10 home runs and 32 RBIs. The offense sat atop or near the leaders in the American League in all major offensive categories.

Off beat: The numbers are in and soon the votes will be tallied for players of the month in both leagues. Abreu, who was offensive player of the week last week, appears to be the favorite in the American League. No AL rookie has ever won player of the month honors in his first month in the major leagues. The only player to do it in the National League was Yasiel Puig last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Seven players since 2001 have captured both rookie of the month and player/pitcher of the month honors in the same calendar month.

Up next: After an off day Thursday, the White Sox will open a three-game series at Cleveland on Friday with left-hander John Danks (2-1, 3.48 ERA) squaring off against Indians right-hander Danny Salazar (0-3, 6.04) in the 6:05 CST start from Progressive Field.