Both Detroit and Atlanta got exactly what they had hoped for from this infamous Aug. 12 swap. The Tigers, who had been chasing the Yankees and Blue Jays all season, won all 11 games that Alexander started after the trade, the last two coming against the Blue Jays to help secure the division title, and the Braves got a 20-year-old future Hall of Famer named John Smoltz. Included in Alexander's 11 Tiger starts were three shutouts, three other starts of at least seven innings in which he allowed a combined total of one run, 10 2/3 innings pitched in a 13-inning win over the Jays on Sept. 27, and a division-tying victory in the opening game of a season-ending sweep of Toronto that clinched the title for Detroit. But after all that the 37-year-old righty was spent and took the bookending defeats in the Tigers' five-game ALCS loss to the Twins.
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