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    Detroit Tigers reliever Alex Lange embraced catcher Dustin Garneau between the mound and home plate Monday evening at Comerica Park.

    They were celebrating the final out in the ninth inning.

    Lange retired three batters on nine pitches (seven strikes) to secure his first MLB save. More importantly, he completed the Tigers’ 4-3 win over the American League Central-leading Chicago White Sox.

    “It was a moment I’ve dreamed of since I was a little kid,” Lange said Tuesday. “I’ve always wanted to be a closer, and having that opportunity is awesome. It’s a dream come true, really. I’m super blessed and fortunate.

    “Reflecting last night was a lot of fun. Just ever since I was a little kid, that’s the moment I dreamed of: in the ninth inning with a one-run lead and nailing it down. Kind of surreal.”

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    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Alex Lange (57) celebrates with catcher Dustin Garneau (64) after the game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.

    Because of their recent workloads, manager AJ Hinch wasn’t going to use top relievers Michael Fulmer or Kyle Funkhouser in Monday’s game. With fellow high-leverage bullpen arms Gregory Soto (fractured finger) and Jose Cisnero (right elbow laceration) on the injured list, the Tigers went to their next-best weapon to beat the White Sox. 

    “When you come out of the bullpen, the stuff matters,” Hinch said. “The ability to execute is probably more important. … I like the players that can execute under that stress, either internal stress that you create on yourself or the stress that the situation does.”

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