Tigers 7, Red Sox 3: Shaky Josh Beckett, Bullpen Cost Boston The Sweep

The Red Sox could not overcome a shaky performance from Josh Beckett and the Boston bullpen, leaving them 7-3 losers against Detroit.

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Kevin Youkilis Trade Rumors: Red Sox 'Definitely' Intend To Trade Youk

According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, the Boston Red Sox are telling other teams around the league that they will look to trade Kevin Youkilis.

The 33-year-old corner infielder is on the downside of his career, and has been unable to replicate his monster 2008 and 2009 seasons since. Youk hit a career-low .258 in 2011 and is hitting an even-lower .250 in the early part of 2012.

Signs that Youkilis is declining include: a swinging strike percentage of eight – the highest of his career – and an extremely high groundball-to-flyball ratio. He's hitting ground balls at a 53 percent clip – much higher than his career percentage of 36. For an older, slower player like Youk, it's more beneficial to hit fly balls than ground balls.

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Red Sox Extras: An Odd Night For Josh Beckett

The Red Sox have seen Josh Beckett be very good this year.

They've also seen him be very, very bad, surrendering seven earned runs in short outings against both the Indians and Tigers.

In his Thursday night rematch against Detroit, however, Josh Beckett was, for the first time, simply mediocre.

In Beckett's first nine starts, not once did he allow anywhere between three and seven earned runs. Even on the two occasions when he gave up three, he'd pitched into the seventh inning and had strong peripherals to show for it, with a combined 15 strikeouts and four walks in two such outings.

Thursday, however, Beckett just didn't have it all going on. With a curveball prone to hanging and a fastball that was simply not missing bats, Beckett finished the game with four earned runs in seven innings. It could have been more, given Ryan Sweeney's exceptional defense in the second, but it also could have been less, given the defensive debacle that gave Detroit their fifth inning go-ahead run as Quintin Barry turned a bunt into a triple by stealing second and advancing to third on a bad throw from Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

At the end of the night, there wasn't a lot to like about Beckett's outing. The Tigers had sprayed base hits from foul pole to foul pole, and had only struck out once. The four earned runs--good for a 5.14 ERA--weren't particularly pretty either. But what really matters is what Josh Beckett does from here. His disaster outings have been on some level acceptable this year because of what he's done in his other, good days. But if he's going to go out and give up seven earned every once in a while, the other days have to be better than this.

Then again, perhaps this is just a toned down disaster day. It was, after all, the Tigers that did it to him in the first place, all the way back in early April.


Final - 5.31.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 7 14 0
Boston Red Sox 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 2
WP: Max Scherzer (5 - 3)
LP: Josh Beckett (4 - 5)

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Red Sox Vs. Tigers Final Score: Sox Cough Up Plenty Of Runs, Fall To Tigers 7-3

The Red Sox failed to sweep the Tigers Thursday night behind an uncharacteristically shaky Josh Beckett and a mediocre bullpen performance, falling 7-3 to Detroit.

Beckett would get off to a stronger start than his opposition in Max Scherzer. While Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Scott Podsednik were busy putting a pair of runs on Scherzer in the second on a homer and a long double respectively, Beckett had already had an easy first inning, and had gotten through the second with a big assist from Ryan Sweeney, who gunned down Delmon Young trying to score on a sacrifice fly.

Things would quickly change for Beckett in the third, however. The first three batters would reach base, leaving Beckett with two runners in scoring position, one run in, and not an out to show for it. A sacrifice fly and Prince Fielder single would prove enough to give the Tigers the 3-2 lead.

The Sox quickly fought back to 3-3 with Jarrod Saltalamacchia once again bringing in a big run, singling home Kevin Youkilis with a single up the middle after Youkilis had hit a two-out double in the bottom half of the third. The Tigers would retake the lead in the fifth, however, as Quintin Barry played some small ball by turning a bunt single into a triple on a stolen base and the bad throw to second it caused.

Unfortunately, after struggling through the first few innings, Max Scherzer would settle down, escaping the sixth without allowing another run before the bullpen took over, providing the same effective level of run prevention in relief. The Tigers would fare much better against Boston's relief corps, however, scoring on a home run off of Franklin Morales in the eighth, and then adding two more on Rich Hill in the ninth thanks to, of a ll things, a Prince Fielder triple into the triangle. With nothing forthcoming in the bottom half, the Sox fell short of the sweep.


Final - 5.31.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Detroit Tigers 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 7
Boston Red Sox 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

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Red Sox Vs. Tigers Live Blog: Inning By Inning Updates For Game 4

The Red Sox are out for a sweep of the Tigers Thursday night--suitable revenge for the three straight losses dealt them by Detroit to begin the season. They'll have Josh Beckett on the mound looking for his fourth straight strong start, while Max Scherzer will be happy just to get his ERA closer to 5.00 than to 6.00.

We'll keep you up-to-date with all the action as it goes down in Fenway Park.

Tigers 7, Red Sox 3, Final -- Boston fails to sweep Detroit as there's nothing forthcoming in the bottom half of the ninth.

Tigers 7, Red Sox 3, Mid 9th -- A bizarre pair of insurance runs comes across as Miguel Cabrera singles, steals second, and reaches third on an error as Salty guns the ball more into the ground than to second base. Prince Fielder then makes the stolen base irrelevant by hitting an RBI triple into the triangle to give Detroit their sixth run. With Delmon Young singling behind him, it's 7-3 headed to the last half-inning.

Tigers 5, Red Sox 3, End 8th -- 1-2-3 go the Sox in the bottom half of the inning. With the worst part of the lineup coming up, this doesn't seem like it's going to be a win.

Tigers 5, Red Sox 3, Mid 8th -- Franklin Morales quickly gives up an insurance run in the top of the eighth, surrendering a loud fly ball over the Monster and off the AAA sign to Delmon Young to make it a 2-run game.

Tigers 4, Red Sox 3, End 7th -- Max Scherzer is out, but even with him leaving the bullpen a baserunner and no outs in the seventh, the bullpen is able to get through its first inning. Phil Coke nearly gives up the run when Daniel Nava hits a very long fly ball to center, but Quintin Barry tracks back and spins at the wall to haul it in for the second out before Adrian Gonzalez hits a flare to Delmon Young in left to end the inning.

Tigers 4, Red Sox 3, Mid 7th -- Josh Beckett has at least made his night respectable by getting through the seventh inning. He hasn't been good tonight, but it's still very much a winnable game with some help from the offense.

Tigers 4, Red Sox 3, End 6th -- Another 1-2-3 frame for the Sox, but Ryan Sweeney at least makes Scherzer throw nine pitches, meaning he's likely gone to start the 7th.

Tigers 4, Red Sox 3, Mid 6th -- Josh Beckett enjoys his first 1-2-3 inning since the first, also picking up his first strikeout along the way, getting Jhonny Peralta looking at strike three for the second out.

Tigers 4, Red Sox 3, End 5th -- The heart of the order goes 1-2-3 as Max Scherzer seems to have settled all the way down. The good news is that, with 98 pitches on his arm, he shouldn't be in the game much longer.

Tigers 4, Red Sox 3, Mid 5th -- Josh Beckett's tough night continues, as the Tigers show the Sox how small ball is played. A perfectly placed bunt from Quintin Barry quickly turns into three bases when Saltalamacchia's throw to second on an attempted steal hits Barry and caroms into left field, allowing him to scamper to third, and then score on Miguel Cabrera's single.

Red Sox 3, Tigers 3, End 4th -- The Sox try and play some small ball after a leadoff single from Mike Aviles, with Punto bunting him to second, but can't push him across as Scott Podsednik narrowly misses reaching on a swinging bunt and Daniel Nava flies out to right.

Red Sox 3, Tigers 3, Mid 4th -- The Tigers continue to get good contact off of Josh Beckett, as Gerald Laird leads off the inning with a Fenway single off the wall in left. The Tigers cannot get him in, however, with two ground outs and a fly ball to center leaving him stranded at third.

Red Sox 3, Tigers 3, End 3rd -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia is once again able to produce in a big spot for the Red Sox. After a two-out double down the line in left from Kevin Youkilis, Saltalamacchia shot a line drive back up the middle and into center field to bring the third baseman home, erasing the Sox' deficit.

Tigers 3, Red Sox 2, Mid 3rd -- Having been gifted a 2-0 lead by his offense, Josh Beckett wastes no time in coughing up three runs. After a blooper and double put men on second and third with nobody out, the focus becomes less keeping the lead than preserving the tie, but Beckett doesn't even do that. A single and a stolen base put Beckett right back into the same position but with a run in, and a sacrifice fly and Prince Fielder single give the Tigers the lead before the inning comes to an end.

Red Sox 2, Tigers 0, End 2nd -- The Sox get on the board against Scherzer in a hurry, as Jarrod Saltalamacchia turns on an inside 1-1 pitch and takes it out into the stands by the triangle for a solo shot. Ryan Sweeney follows with a single, but the Sox seem ready to strand him at first until Scott Podsednik comes to the plate and launches a long fly ball to center. With Barry playing shallow, the ball gets up and over his head for the RBI double.

Red Sox 0, Tigers 0, Mid 2nd -- Though Josh Beckett comes out strong, retiring Prince Fielder on an easy fly ball and getting ahead of Delmon Young 0-2, Young is able to fight his way back into the at-bat, and eventually lace a single over Adrian Gonzalez' head at first. A sharp, low drive by Alex Avila to left quickly puts runners on second and third as it rolls all the way to the wall, leaving Beckett in a jam.

Luckily for Beckett, Ryan Sweeney is prepared to play the superhero, running down a soft fly ball in right field and making a perfect throw home to catch Young by a good five feet as he tries to tag up and score, saving a run and ending the inning.

Red Sox 0, Tigers 0, End 1st -- Max Scherzer is through a scoreless first inning, but it was no easy frame. After getting Scott Podsednik to look at a low strike three, Scherzer had Daniel Nava lace a 1-1 changeup into right field for the first base hit of the game. Adrian Gonzalez would go down without too much trouble, but from there Scherzer lost much of his control, offering up a four pitch walk to David Ortiz and falling behind 3-1 to Kevin Youkilis before battling out to get Kevin Youkilis looking at a pitch on the outside corner to end the inning.

Red Sox 0, Tigers 0, Mid 1st -- Josh Beckett enjoys a quick 1-2-3 first inning, but it doesn't come without danger. A Brennan Boesch ground ball to short nearly went for an infield single as Aviles had to throw off his back foot, with the ball just beating the runner to first, and Miguel Cabrera followed up with a very long fly ball that Ryan Sweeney just barely had enough room to turn into an out.

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Red Sox Vs. Tigers Lineups: Scott Podsednik Leads Off Against Max Scherzer

Despite taking the first three games of the series with some strong offensive performances, the Red Sox will once again shuffle thier lineup Thursday night as they go for the sweep against Max Scherzer and the Tigers.

Bobby Valenitine will attempt to ride the hot hand, placing Scott Podsednik in the leadoff spot. Expected to be a minor depth signing to help compensate for the ridiculous numbers of injuries to Boston's outfield so far this year, Podsednik has put up some surprising numbers for the team, hitting .467/.467/.733 in an admittedly small sample size of 17 at bats.

With Daniel Nava, Scott Podsednik, and Ryan Sweeney all taking the field tonight, Will Middlebrooks will be the odd man out in the infield against Scherzer despite going 2-for-4 with a homer in last night's effort.

Boston Red Sox (26-24)

  1. Scott Podsednik, CF
  2. Daniel Nava, LF
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  7. Ryan Sweeney, RF
  8. Mike Aviles, SS
  9. Nick Punto, 2B

Detroit Tigers (23-27)

  1. Quintin Berry, CF
  2. Brennan Boesch, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Don Kelly, LF
  9. Danny Worth, 2B


Final - 5.30.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 12 0
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 X 6 12 0
WP: Matt Albers (1 - 0)
SV: Alfredo Aceves (13)
LP: Octavio Dotel (1 - 2)

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Kevin Youkilis Trade Rumors: Youkilis Among 10 Most Likely To Be Dealt, Writes CBS Sports Reporter

Kevin Youkilis is among the 10 MLB players most likely to be dealt at the trade deadline, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

Heyman rated Youkilis as the 9th-most likely to be moved prior to the deadline in a column posted Thursday.

His presence is causing first baseman extraordinaire Adrian Gonzalez to play the outfield. "This is only a temporary solution," one Red Sox person said. Could Youk be temporary in Boston?

Youkilis has played nine major league seasons, all with the Red Sox. He has twice finished in the top six of AL MVP voting and has made the All-Star team three times.

This season, he is batting just .250 in 26 games with four home runs and 12 RBI. Earlier this season, he was involved in a controversy when manager Bobby Valentine said Youkilis is not as "into the game" as he has been in previous years.

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Red Sox Vs. Tigers: Game 4 Preview, TV Info And More

The Boston Red Sox can wrap up their four-game series with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday with a sweep. It would be a nice measure of revenge after the Tigers swept the Sox in three games to open the season.

On the mound for Boston is Josh Beckett (4-4, 4.15 ERA), who has since settled in after a rough start to his season against the Tigers. Beckett surrendered seven earned runs in that game on April 7, including five long balls. He has not given up a home run in his last three starts, and has allowed only three runs during that same stretch.

Detroit gives the ball to Max Scherzer. Like Beckett, the young pitcher has had some ups and downs early in the season, but has improved of late. Scherzer has three wins in his last four starts. In 10 starts and 54 innings this season, the Tigers' righty has struck out 72 batters and walked just 18. He has a 5.67 ERA and a 4-3 record.

Date / Time: Thursday, May 31, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Fenway Park, Boston, Mass.

TV: NESN, MLB Network

Radio: WEEI

Probable Starters: Josh Beckett (4-4, 4.15 ERA ) vs. Max Scherzer (4-3, 5.67 ERA)

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Red Sox Vs. Tigers Final Score: Three Homers Lift Sox To 6-4 Win Over Tigers

The Red Sox picked up big hits from the heart of the order Wednesday night, riding contributions from David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis, and Will Middlebrooks to a 6-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

The game got off to an inauspicious start for the Red Sox, as Jon Lester surrendered a run in the first thanks in part to some poor defending from Mike Aviles, who had a double play ball roll right past him and into the outfield as part of a three-single rally.

Things would just get worse in the third, and this time Lester had nobody to blame but himself. While Marlon Byrd would make an ill-advised leap at the Monster to turn a double into a triple, and then watch another ball sail over his head to the base of the wall in center, Lester gave up big contact to his opposition, and it rightly cost him another pair of runs, with Miguel Cabrera providing a great bit of baserunning to score on a ground out even with the infield in.

Boston had been making some solid contact against Drew Smyly for the first few innings, but only had one hit to show for it. That all changed with two outs in the fourth. Adrian Gonzalez got the late rally started by hitting a ground-rule double to center, bringing David Ortiz to the plate. After missing a few fastballs in his first at bat, he destroyed the first one he saw in his second at bat, taking it out of the park to dead center field to bring the Sox within one. The next two Sox would repeat the act, with Kevin Youkilis lining to center, and Will Middlebrooks launching a rocket shot into and out of the Monster seats for another two runs and the lead.

Lester would settle down until the seventh inning, when he was left in with too many pitches on his arm. After giving up one wall ball which Daniel Nava managed to turn into an out at second, Lester was given a chance to face Gerald Laird, and the result was basically the same, leaving a runner on second for Matt Albers to take care of. While Albers didn't give up much in the way of contact, a dribbler to third and a bloop single which Adrian Gonzalez just missed making a sliding catch on were lucky enough to bring in the tying run.

Gonzo would not wait long to make up for the run, however. In the bottom half of the inning, with two men on and two outs, Gonzalez lifted a long fly ball to right field and into the stands on one bounce, giving the Sox an RBI double which put them back up 5-4. Kevin Youkilis added to the tally quickly in the eighth, launching a solo shot to left to give the Sox an insurance run before Alfredo Aceves closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth, giving Boston the win.


Final - 5.30.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 12 0
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 X 6 12 0
WP: Matt Albers (1 - 0)
SV: Alfredo Aceves (13)
LP: Octavio Dotel (1 - 2)

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Red Sox Vs. Tigers Live Blog: Inning By Inning Updates For Game 3

The Red Sox have finally attained a winning record, now they just have to keep it as they face off against Drew Smyly and the Tigers Wednesday night.

We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in Fenway Park.

Red Sox 6, Tigers 4, Final -- Aceves shrugs off the fatigue and gets the Tigers 1-2-3 without any trouble. The Red Sox win, and move to 26-24.

Red Sox 6, Tigers 4, End 8th -- Kevin Youkilis goes very deep to lead off the inning, giving the Sox an important insurance run since it looks like Alfredo Aceves is ready for his fourth straight day of work. Even for a rubber arm like Ace's, that's tenuous stuff at best.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 4, Mid 8th -- Andrew Miller, unlike Matt Albers, has been an absolute pleasure to watch. Getting Brennan Boesch to chase a nasty slider for strike three and blowing Jhonny Peralta away with a 96 MPH fastball with late tail, Miller seems to lose it a bit at the end of the inning, giving up a four pitch walk and a line drive that has single written all over it. Marlon Byrd, however, has no time to think, and simply lays out for it, making a tremendous diving grab to end the inning.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 4, End 7th -- And just like that, Adrian Gonzalez makes up for the missed grab in right with a huge hit in the bottom of the inning. After two quick strikeouts against the bottom of the order, Daniel Nava works a great at bat to draw a walk, and Mike Aviles reaches out and taps a ground ball through the right side of the infield to put two on with two out. Jim Leyland goes to the pen to get Phil Coke for the at bat against Gonzalez, but it doesn't work. After two curveballs put Gonzalez down 0-2, he gets one he can handle, hooking a long fly ball into the right field corner and up into the stands for the RBI double.

Red Sox 4, Tigers 4, Mid 7th -- I've been saying it for a while, but Matt Albers just is not very good. He's kept runs off the board this year, but so far all he's done is throw pretty bad sinkers and gotten lucky. When you don't strike guys out, weird stuff happens, and that's what happened tonight. A dribbler to third went for a hit as Will Middlebrooks had no shot of catching the runner at first, and with two on (Lester had allowed a wall ball double before he was pulled), a bloop to right fell just in front of a sliding Adrian Gonzalez, allowing the run to come in.

Albers has some value right now to teams who will bite on the ERA, the Sox have great options in the minor leagues, and the rest of their pen can do without him. It should be an obvious move. One wonders why they don't pull the trigger.

Red Sox 4, Tigers 3, End 6th -- David Ortiz has one of the hardest hit singles you'll ever see, blasting a ball off the very top of the wall in left to lead off the sixth inning. Once again however, the rest of the lineup isn't able to reach, leaving him stranded.

Red Sox 4, Tigers 3, Mid 6th -- Jon Lester finally gets his 1-2-3 inning in what could well be the last inning of his outing. A strikeout of Jhonny Peralta puts him at six Ks on a night which has turned out surprisingly solid after the early portents of doom.

Red Sox 4, Tigers 3, End 5th -- Daniel Nava continues to hit at a torrid pace, doubling to left field, but like Cabrera in the top half of the inning his teammates cannot bring him around to score.

Red Sox 4, Tigers 3, Mid 5th -- A Miguel Cabrera double down the line in right keeps Lester in search of his first 1-2-3 inning, but with a pair of strikeouts preceding it and Prince Fielder grounding out afterwards, it's not enough to get the Tigers back into a tie.

Red Sox 4, Tigers 3, End 4th -- With all the hard contact in the first few innings, it's not surprising to see the Sox finally get to Smyly, but they really opened up on him in the best possible way. With two outs, Adrian Gonzalez powered a ball out to right-center which bounced up and over the wall for a double. David Ortiz, who has broken out of his slump in impressive fashion the last couple of games, made up for missing some fastballs in the first by destroying one to center field, dropping it a few rows deep into the stands near the camera well for a two-run shot.

Now within one, Kevin Youkilis kept the inning going by blooping a single out to right-center, bringing Will Middlebrooks to the plate. While the young third baseman had mostly managed to stay hot despite being in-and-out of the lineup with the return of Kevin Youkilis, the torrid home run pace had fallen off a bit--a situation Will saw fit to remedy, turning on a bad changeup and hitting one of the fastest Rockets into--and back out of--the Monster seats that you'll ever see to give the Sox the lead.

Tigers 3, Red Sox 0, Mid 4th -- Jon Lester still has not had a 1-2-3 inning, letting Brennan Boesch single up the middle to start the inning. But a fly ball, strikeout, and ground ball kept him from so much as advancing to second base.

Tigers 3, Red Sox 0, End 3rd -- The unexpected happens with Marlon Byrd giving Boston their first baserunner of the night on an "infield" single that ends up basically in right field. The expected follows shortly thereafter as Nick Punto kills any possible rally with a double play. At this point the Sox have to consider letting the pitchers hit, right? Right? At least Beckett. He gets some homers every now and then.

Tigers 3, Red Sox 0, Mid 3rd -- A leadoff wall-scraper costs the Sox three bases as Marlon Byrd tries to make a leaping grab and has the ball bounce above his glove and all the way back to the grass in dead center. A fly ball brings Quintin Berry in from third, and Miguel Cabrera hits a long double to the triangle which Byrd just sort of gives up on to continue Lester's troubles. After a wild pitch moves Cabrera to third, a hard ground ball to third with the infield in doesn't seem likely to score him, but after being looked back, Cabrera takes off as soon as Will Middlebrooks throws to first, and manages to beat the throw home.

Tigers 1, Red Sox 0, End 2nd -- Nothing doing for the Red Sox in the second. David Ortiz struggles against the unfamiliar lefty, going down on three pitches as he foul tips a fastball into Alex Avila's glove for strike three. Kevin Youkilis manages to put the bat on the ball, but hits it right to Peralta at short for the line out, and Will Middlebrooks tops off a curveball for an easy ground ball out to end the frame.

Tigers 1, Red Sox 0, Mid 2nd -- The second inning ends up being a matter of "what could have been" for Lester, as it starts out almost exactly the same with a strikeout and a single flipped into the outfield. This time, however, the ground ball Lester gets off the bat of Gerald Laird is fielded cleanly by Aviles, and te double play is turned with relative ease.

Tigers 1, Red Sox 0, End 1st -- Both Daniel Nava and Mike Aviles get some good contact, with Nava flying out to center field and Aviles hitting a rocket towards the wall in left. But Delmon Young is able to track back and make a casual grab right in front of the Monster for the out on Aviles, and Adrian Gonzalez strikes out looking a bit helpless to end the inning.

Tigers 1, Red Sox 0, Mid 1st -- Not the ideal start for Jon Lester, who has some mediocre defense to thank for a run in the first. After striking out Quintin Berry to start the inning, Lester gave up a flare into left field for a single. The next ball in play maybe should have ended the inning, as Miguel Cabrera shot a ground ball towards Mike Aviles, who seemed to have a double play ball right until it shot through him into the outfield. Another ground ball through the left side would load the bases, and with the ensuing Nick Punto and Mike Aviles' double play attempt just late at first, the Tigers took the early lead.

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Red Sox Vs. Tigers Game 3 Lineup: Boston Shuffles Order Against Detroit

The Boston Red Sox are in the third game of a four game set against the Detroit Tigers and they are looking to win their third straight against the Tigers, and seventh in a row at home. There are quite a few changes in the lineup for the Red Sox tonight, starting with shortstop Mike Aviles will be batting second after hitting seventh on Tuesday night.

Kevin Youkilis is back in the lineup at first base after playing third base last night and is hitting sixth. Adrian Gonzalez who subbed in for Youkilis at first base last night is moving to right field. Scott Podsednik is getting a night off from center field and Marlon Byrd is his replacement.

Red Sox lineup:

1. Daniel Nava LF
2. Mike Aviles SS
3. Adrian Gonzalez RF
4. David Ortiz DH
5. Kevin Youkilis 1B
6. Will Middlebrooks 3B
7. Marlon Byrd CF
8. Kelly Shoppach C
9. Nick Punto 2B

Tigers lineup:

1. Quintin Berry CF
2. Danny Worth 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
4. Prince Fielder 1B
5. Delmon Young LF
6. Brennan Boesch RF
7. Jhonny Peralta SS
8. Alex Avila C
9. Gerald Laird DH

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Red Sox Vs. Tigers: Game 3 Preview, TV Info And More

The Boston Red Sox climbed above .500 for the first time this year after defeating the Detroit Tigers 6-3 Tuesday night. The Red Sox have won three of their last four to get to this point, and are hoping to extend their home winning streak to seven games.

David Ortiz has been hot against the Tigers and has gone 5-for-8 with three doubles and three RBI in his last two games. Ortiz also has played extremely well against the Tigers since 2010 by having a .391 average and 20 RBI. During the Red Sox six-game home winning streak he has a .478 average.

Jon Lester is starting tonight against the Tigers and he will be attempting to have a better outing this time around. In his last start he gave up three homers in four innings against the Tampa Bay Rays last Friday.

Date / Time: Wednesday, May 30, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Fenway Park, Boston, Mass.

TV: NESN

Radio: WEEI

Probable Starters: Jon Lester (3-4, 4.72 ERA ) vs. Drew Smyly (2-1, 3.14 ERA)

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Red Sox Extras: An Improbable Win

Sometimes good things come when you least expect them.

The Red Sox had already had six opportunities to get above .500 on the season. 0-0, 10-10, 11-11, 21-21, 22-22, and 23-23. All of them losses, many of them incredibly disappointing losses.

For many of us Sox fans, losing yesterday wouldn't have even been so bad. After all, we didn't expect anything. This was the team which couldn't break .500 with Josh Beckett taking on Gavin Floyd, their best starter in Felix Doubront taking on the beleaguered Brian Matusz, and Jon Lester taking on Alex Cobb. Whether through implosions of the bullpen, deficiencies of the lineup, or failures of the rotation, the Sox managed to disappoint time and again.

So perhaps with Daniel Bard, who has not been terribly promising over the past month taking on arguably the best pitcher currently in the game, some of us didn't even bother hoping. Getting back to .500 behind Felix Doubront was more about avoiding a three-game slide than finally reaching that ever-elusive winning record.

Somehow, though, the Red Sox start today 25-24, and it's thanks largely to two men: one obvious, and the other a huge surprise.

The obvious one is David Ortiz, who had been mired in a slump that left him just 2-for-28 after his homer in Philadelphia. He had shown signs of life against Doug Fister, going 2-for-4 with a double, but really made it clear that he was back last night when he took part in three runs, setting the table in the second with a double, driving in Adrian Gonzalez in the sixth with another, and then launching a solo shot in the seventh to finish the night an impressive 3-for-4 with eight total bases.

The less-obvious contributor--and the reason I'm half-convinced this game never happened--is Daniel Nava. Nava, to be clear, should never have touched this team. After his hot start in 2010 fizzled out, Nava was essentially playing for September and the hopes of a trade to a second or third division team. There just wasn't a place for him on the Red Sox.

Of course, that's the kind of thinking Nava has faced all his life, and it's the sort of thinking he's overcome all his life. With two full outfields riding the disabled list at one point, Nava was given another chance to prove himself, and hasn't given the Sox any reason to regret giving him this opportunity. Still, doing what he did last night takes the improbable and makes it seem completely impossible. The only thing standing between Justin Verlander and escaping a bases-loaded jam, Nava did not seem to stand much chance of emerging victorious. A Cy Young winner like Justin Verlander simply does not lose games to a 29-year-old minor league callup like Daniel Nava.

Except yesterday he did. Falling behind 3-1, Verlander managed to blow a fastball past Nava for strike two, making it seem like everything would go according to script after all. The next pitch, a 100 MPH fastball, should by all means have been the last of the inning. It should have been enough. But it wasn't. Nava put a good swing on it, and while he was a bit late, that only served to help him go to the opposite field, shooting a double down the line and to the wall in left. The bases cleared, and once again Nava was the author of a shocking bases loaded miracle, one which was eventually the difference between the Red Sox and the Tigers last night.


Final - 5.29.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 9 1
Boston Red Sox 0 1 0 3 1 0 1 0 X 6 11 0
WP: Daniel Bard (5 - 5)
SV: Alfredo Aceves (12)
LP: Justin Verlander (5 - 3)

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Red Sox Vs. Tigers Final Score: Sox Score Five Off Justin Verlander, Secure Winning Record With 6-3 Victory

For the first time all year, the Red Sox have secured a winning record, taking down Justin Verlander and the Tigers 6-3 as they improved to 25-24.

The Sox wasted little time in getting a run on the board against the Tigers' overpowering ace. A leadoff wall ball double in the second inning and a Jarrod Saltalmacchia single put David Ortiz at third base with just one out, allowing him to come in the back door when Mike Aviles beat a double play out at first.

Daniel Bard, while not at all at his sharpest, had been able to record a couple of scoreless innings in the meantime, and would take the shutout through the end of the fourth inning. A dangerous third inning had seen two men reach base with one out by way of a walk and a wild pitch as Bard lost control, but some strong outfield defense from Ryan Sweeney prevailed to keep the runs off the board.

The Sox would really break through against Justin Verlander in the bottom half of the inning. A trio of singles--line drives from Kevin Youkilis and Scott Podsednik and a bloop from Mike Aviles--loaded the bases with just one out. Nick Punto proved incapable of driving anyone in, hitting the weakest of pop-ups to shortstop, but Daniel Nava shined as he seems to do in big situations, working the count full and taking a 100 MPH fastball into left field for a bases-clearing double.

The teams would trade runs in the fifth inning, with Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz responding to a Jhonny Peralta solo shot before Bard was chased in the sixth inning with a resounding solo shot off the bat of Prince Fielder. Fielder would again drive in a run in the top of the seventh, getting to Andrew Miller for a rare run on a single to center after Miguel Cabrera hit a line-hugging ground rule double to right, but once again David Ortiz would be there to answer, launching a solo shot into the Monster seats to make it a three-run lead once again.

A rain delay would prolong the wait for the Red Sox and their fans, but the ninth inning finally came, and Alfredo Aceves, working with a bit of a sketchy strike zone, managed to pick up a scoreless frame to complete the landmark win.


Final - 5.29.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 9 1
Boston Red Sox 0 1 0 3 1 0 1 0 X 6 11 0
WP: Daniel Bard (5 - 5)
SV: Alfredo Aceves (12)
LP: Justin Verlander (5 - 3)

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Red Sox Vs. Tigers Live Blog: Inning By Inning Updates For Game 2

The Red Sox are out to deal the Tigers a second defeat Tuesday night as they try yet again to break into winning territory.

Unfortunately, for that to happen tonight, they'll need to get to Justin Verlander, which is just about the hardest thing to do as a lineup in the major leagues these days.

We'll keep you up to date with all the action as it goes down in Fenway Park.

Red Sox 6, Tigers 3, Final -- The Red Sox are finally a winning ball club...

Red Sox 6, Tigers 3, End 8th -- Brayan Villarreal ends up striking out the side in order around a rain delay.

We're headed to the ninth now, with Alfredo Aceves looking for the save after two bad outings in a row.

Red Sox 6, Tigers 3, Bot 8th -- And here comes the rain. With one out in the bottom-half of the eighth, the tarp is on the field.

Red Sox 6, Tigers 3, Mid 8th -- Alex Avila dents the wall and gives the Sox a heart attack as the umpires review a double that just missed being a home run. Vicente Padilla gets the rest of the batters he faces in the inning out, however, and the Sox maintain their 3-run lead.

Red Sox 6, Tigers 3, End 7th -- David Ortiz goes long into the Monster seats to lead off the seventh, giving the Sox their run back.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 3, Mid 7th -- The Tigers inch closer, as they manage to take a run off Andrew Miller, who has been very solid this year. Vicente Padilla comes in to clean up the last out, continuing his streak of stranded baserunners.

Still, as much as it feels like scoring five off Verlander is worth thirty, this is a very close game all-of-a-sudden.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 2, End 6th -- The bottom of the order gives the Sox two on and one out, but Daniel Nava and Ryan Sweeney both go down on strikes to end the inning.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 2, Mid 6th -- Daniel Bard is given the chance to get back on the horse in the sixth, but immediately surrenders a very loud homer to Prince Fielder. Though he records a strikeout of Delmon Young, the Sox go to Rich Hill for out number two, and Scott Atchison for number three.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 1, End 5th -- The Red Sox aren't letting Justin Verlander rest, giving him his first start of five earned runs on the year as Gonzalez almost decapitates him with a line drive single before David Ortiz slaps a double into the gap in left field. Ortiz is thrown out trying to pick up his annual triple when it really wasn't there, but Gonzalez made it home safely, and the Sox get their run right back.

Red Sox 4, Tigers 1, Mid 5th -- Daniel Bard gives up a home run into the bullpens to Jhonny Peralta, but manages to dodge the larger bullet as he puts two men on with a single and a walk and then runs the count full against Miguel Cabrera. Luckily, Cabrera goes chasing after a low slider, and strikes out to end the threat.

Red Sox 4, Tigers 0, End 4th -- A big inning gives the Red Sox a very surprising four-run lead over Justin Verlander. Kevin Youkilis led off the frame with a single off a hanging curveball, and then moved to second when Mike Aviles managed to bloop one over the head of Jhonny Peralta at short. The Sox would load the bases with one out when Scott Podsednik managed to shoot a soft liner over Peralta's double play partner in Ramon Santiago.

Nick Punto was unable to surprise, getting ahead 2-0 and then inexplicably swinging at a pitch around the corner of the strike zone, popping it up weakly for an easy out, but Daniel Nava came through with one of the biggest hits of his career. Working the count full, Nava managed to smack a 100 MPH fastball over the middle of the plate down the left field line for a bases-clearing double.

Red Sox 1, Tigers 0, Mid 4th -- Bard has hardly been untouchable, but he's surviving right now. A wall ball single that would have likely been gone in most parks does nothing for the Tigers, as Bard quickly turns around and induces a double play from Brennan Boesch to end the threat.

Red Sox 1, Tigers 0, End 3rd -- Justin Verlander starts the frame by walking Daniel Nava, but retires Sweeney, Gonzalez, and Ortiz with ease to end the inning in short order.

Red Sox 1, Tigers 0, Mid 3rd -- The Tigers threaten a very wild Bard, who gives up a four-pitch walk with one out and then hits the next batter on the foot with a slider. He even threatens to walk the next batter, falling behind 2-0 before the count runs full, but a ground ball gets him the second out, bringing Miguel Cabrera to the plate. The dangerous hitter almost makes good on the situation, but ends up flying out to deep right field, with Ryan Sweeney making the running grab to end the frame.

Red Sox 1, Tigers 0, End 2nd -- Somehow the Red Sox have a run--and the lead--against Justin Verlander! David Ortiz gets most of the credit for this one, giving an 0-1 changeup a long ride for a wall ball double to start the inning. Kevin Youkilis could not move him along, striking out on a typical Verlander curveball, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia managed to get him to third with one out by singling through the left side of the infield. Mike Aviles' ensuing ground ball threatened a double play, but the shortstop just barely managed to beat the throw, allowing David Ortiz to come in the back door for the run.

Red Sox 0, Tigers 0, Mid 2nd -- Daniel Bard gets some help from his defense, as Ryan Sweeney makes a tremendous sliding catch in right field, picking a blooper off the dirt before Scott Podsednik runs a ball down in front of the wall to record the third out. Not a bad start to the game for Bard on the whole, either.

Red Sox 0, Tigers 0, End 1st -- Not only do the Red Sox not get a baserunner, but they don't even make Verlander work particularly hard. Nothing even leaves the infield as the Sox go down in order on all of 10 pitches. Not a particularly good showing.

Red Sox 0, Tigers 0, Mid 1st -- Daniel Bard strikes out the first batter he faces to get himself off to an unusually good start. A soft fliner drops in front of Scott Podsednik for the first hit of the night, but Bard gets a couple of weak ground balls to end the inning without any damage.

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Red Sox Vs. Tigers Lineups: Dustin Pedroia Out Against Justin Verlander

The Red Sox will have the unenviable task of scoring against Justin Verlander Tuesday night as they take on the Tigers in Detroit. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST, with broadcasts on NESN, ESPN, and WEEI.

One night after being removed in the fifth inning with a jammed thumb, Dustin Pedroia will be absent from the lineup--an inauspicious sign for a Red Sox team already beset by more than its fair share of injuries. Nick Punto will take over at second base, which is an inauspicious sign for a baseball team in general.

Will Middlebrooks will also be absent, the odd-man-out as Adrian Gonzalez returns to first base.

Boston Red Sox (24-24)

  1. Daniel Nava, LF
  2. Ryan Sweeney, CF
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  7. Mike Aviles, SS
  8. Scott Podsednik, CF
  9. Nick Punto, 2B

Detroit Tigers (23-25)

  1. Quintin Berry, CF
  2. Andy Dirks, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Brennan Boesch, DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Ramon Santiago, 2B
  9. Don Kelly, RF


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@ Boston Red Sox

Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Fenway Park

Justin Verlander vs Daniel Bard

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Red Sox Extras: Did Sox Win On A Bad Call?

Had Alfredo Aceves simply recorded a clean ninth inning and ensured that Boston won by a margin of 7-2, a fair deal of controversy could have been avoided.

In the second inning of last night's game, the Red Sox should have scored zero runs. Mike Aviles struck out on a foul tip into the glove of Gerald Laird for the third out, but was given new life when the ball was incorrectly ruled to have hit the ground.

Aviles would single, and the Sox would go on to score three runs in the inning. Thanks to Aceves surrendering the home run in the ninth, that ended up being the exact difference in the two teams' scores, giving some disgruntled fans the ability to claim that the umpires effectively stole the game for the Sox.

But did they really?

It's true that the second inning would have ended up scoreless, and that the teams would have ended up tied had every other inning maintained the same scoring, but it seems a pretty big stretch to assume that the scoring in the rest of the innings would have gone the same.

After all, it was Doug Fister, not the umpires, who was having trouble recording outs. A ground ball pitcher by trade, Fister was already giving up tons of well-hit fly balls. He simply wasn't pitching well, which is why after Aviles singled, he surrendered a double to Daniel Nava and a single to Dustin Pedroia to bring two more runs in.

It's always a bit of a leap to assume that everything would have gone the same but for the one event, but that's the assumption that the disgruntled fans are basing their arguments on, so you kind of have to give it to both sides. In that case, after ending the second inning, Fister would have started off the inning with Daniel Nava scoring and Dustin Pedroia on first with no outs. Not an enviable position.

While Tigers fans are right to be at least a little annoyed, since they lost the chance to see what the game would have been like without the bad call, they were still solidly outplayed by the Red Sox. Fister was bad, Doubront was good, and the difference was not as simple as one badly called foul tip.


Final - 5.28.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 7 0
Boston Red Sox 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 X 7 13 0
WP: Felix Doubront (5 - 2)
LP: Doug Fister (0 - 3)

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Red Sox Vs. Tigers Final Score: Sox Support Strong Felix Doubront In 7-4 Win Over Tigers

The Red Sox backed up a very strong performance from Felix Doubront with seven runs Monday afternoon, as they gained some measure of revenge against the Detroit Tigers with a 7-4 win.

The victory was not without controversy. After the Sox took an early 1-0 lead on an Adrian Gonzalez single and David Ortiz double in the first, Felix Doubront made a mistake to Delmon Young, who took him out of the park to tie the game. The second inning seemed like it would end with the game still tied when, with Ryan Sweeney on base via a double (an appropriate return at bat for the man who did nothing but double for the first month), Mike Aviles seemed to strike out on a foul tip into the glove of Gerald Laird.

Not so fast! Aviles protested to the umpire that the ball had hit the dirt, and the first-base official agreed, giving Mike Aviles new life. The shortstop made good on his chance, singling Sweeney home, and then scoring on a Daniel Nava double. With Dustin Pedroia following him with an RBI single, three runs were in when there could well have been zero.

The Sox would add a fifth run in the third inning when Jarrod Saltalamacchia went deep into the Monster seats for a solo shot. Meanwhile, Felix Doubront had resumed shutting the Tigers down, painting corners and striking out six batters in the process. The fifth inning would prove the only real problem, as Doubront would be punished for another mistake pitch--the only other one he would make in the game, arguably--with another solo shot in the fifth. What's worse, Dustin Pedroia would leave the game with a jammed thumb after making a diving play to end the frame.

Doubront would give way after the sixth inning to Scott Atchison, who would toss two scoreless innings, striking out four batters while the Sox tacked on a pair of insurance runs. Despite the 5-run lead, Bobby Valentine would turn to his closer in Alfredo Aceves, perhaps hoping to instill some confidence in him after his blown save on Sunday. Unfortunately, Aceves wasn't up to the task of giving himself reason to believe, surrendering a two-run shot to Jhonny Peralta before managing to close out both the inning and the game.

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Dustin Pedroia Injury: Red Sox 2B Leaves Game In The Sixth Inning

Boston Red Sox starting second baseman Dustin Pedroia came out of Monday afternoon's game in the top of the sixth inning after suffering an apparent wrist injury on a diving inning-ending play in the bottom of the fifth. Pedroia was replaced by Nick Punto, and no official word has been released by the team on Pedroia's condition.

Pedroia was 1-for-3 with an RBI before being pulled from the game. Pedroia slapped an infield single to second in the second inning, allowing Daniel Nava to score, giving Boston a 4-1 lead at the time. Pedroia would then advance to second base on a bad throw. At the time of Pedroia's injury, the Red Sox were leading the Detroit Tigers, 5-2.

Pedroia is batting .295 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 48 games played this season.

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Red Sox Vs. Tigers Live Blog: Inning By Inning Updates For Game 1

The Red Sox are out to wipe away some bad memories from Sunday as they take on the Tigers Monday afternoon.

We'll keep you up-to-date with all the action as it goes down in Fenway Park.

Red Sox 7, Tigers 4, Final -- Alfredo Aceves has another unfortunate ninth, allowing a loud fly ball out, a double, and then giving up a homer to Jhonny Peralta. But the big lead means it matters little, and the game ends 7-4, Boston.

Red Sox 7, Tigers 2, End 8th -- The Sox add another run in the eighth as Ryan Sweeney picks up his third hit of the game and then scores on a double golfed by Mike Aviles to left-center field.

Alfredo Aceves seems ready to come into the game, likely to try and build some confidence after yesterday's unfortunate outing.

Red Sox 6, Tigers 2, Mid 8th -- After a leadoff single, Scott Atchison strikes out the side to keep Boston's lead at four runs. It's hard to believe this is the same pitcher the Sox sold to the Hanshin Tigers a few years back.

Red Sox 6, Tigers 2, End 7th -- Marte retires three more batters in a row, as the bullpens seem to be doing a good job of calming the game down.

Red Sox 6, Tigers 2, Mid 7th -- Scott Atchison continues his remarkable season by throwing a 1-2-3 seventh inning, striking out Jhonny Peralta in the process.

Red Sox 6, Tigers 2, End 6th -- Doug Fister gives up three singles and a run to lead off the inning with some help from his corner infielders, but Luis Marte does a good job of stopping the bleeding, keeping the Sox from scoring again.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 2, Mid 6th -- A leadoff single from Quintin Berry over Daniel Nava's head (and out of his glove) in left may have given the impression that Felix Doubront was showing his usual late-game fatigue. Strikeouts of Ryan Raburn and Miguel Cabrera, combined with an inning-ending ground ball off the bat of Prince Fielder were enough to persuade otherwise, however.

There is one worrisome turn of events, however, as Dustin Pedroia is out of the game with a jammed right thumb.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 2, End 5th -- Doug Fister enjoys his first clean inning of the game, sitting down the heart of the order in speedy fashion.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 2, Mid 5th -- Felix Doubront hasn't missed many spots today, but when he has, he's paid for it. A fastball stays over the plate to Gerald Laird, who smacks a rocket just high enough to clear the monster. A tremendous diving play from Dustin Pedroia ends the inning without any further damage, however.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 1, End 4th -- A leadoff walk from Will Middlebrooks is all the Sox get in the fourth, as they strand their third baseman at second.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 1, Mid 4th -- Up against Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Delmon Young--who took him deep in the second inning--Felix Doubront faced a tough challenge in the fourth inning. Or, at least, a tough task on paper. In reality, Doubront needed all of seven pitches to retire the side, getting Cabrera to fly out to left before inducing two easy ground balls to end the inning.

Red Sox 5, Tigers 1, End 3rd -- A leadoff base hit from David Ortiz is wasted as Kevin Youkilis quickly grounds into a double play, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia makes sure the Red Sox get their run all the same by slamming a solo shot into the Monster seats to make it 5-1.

Red Sox 4, Tigers 1, Mid 3rd -- Felix Doubront strikes out Quintin Berry and Ryan Raburn to end a 1-2-3 third inning. He's had wipeout stuff so far today--the sort that makes you wonder how good he can be with just a little more major league experience as a starter.

Red Sox 4, Tigers 1, End 2nd -- A gift call helps the Sox to score three runs. With Ryan Sweeney on second and two outs, Mike Aviles foul tips a ball into Gerald Laird's glove right above the ground. It should be strike three, but Aviles protests and the umpires decide it hit the ground before the glove. Within six pitches, the Sox have picked up two singles and a double off of Doug Fister, with the last shot a rocket off of Prince Fielder at first which scores the third run of the frame for the Sox.

Fister should have been out of the inning without any runs in, but he can't claim to be faultless. He's not getting any of the ground balls he needs, and if events had stayed the same without the gift call, he'd have on on and one in in the third with nobody out.

Red Sox 1, Tigers 1, Mid 1st -- One bad pitch costs Felix Doubront and the Red Sox the lead, as he leaves a 2-2 pitch over the plate which Delmon Young takes out of the park for a solo shot. A walk puts another baserunner on, but Will Middlebrooks makes a good play on a swinging bunt, and Adrian Gonzalez converts his chance in the outfield to end the inning.

Red Sox 1, Tigers 0, End 1st -- Some two-out offense gives Boston the early lead. After Doug Fister picked up a pair of quick outs to start the game, Adrian Gonzalez hit a low line drive past a diving Danny Worth at second. Fister would get ahead of David Ortiz 0-2, but let him drive the third pitch--a slider--high off the monster. With the ball caroming away from both outfielders who had made their way over by that point, Adrian Gonzalez was able to round third and head home for the run.

Red Sox 0, Tigers 0, Mid 1st -- Quintin Berry helps Felix Doubront get off to a quick start by bunting the second pitch of the game into the air and right back to the mound for the first out. After a fly ball from Ryan Raburn gives Doubront the second, the young southpaw attacks Miguel Cabrera with exclusively fastballs and gets him swinging to end the inning.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka Injury Update: Bobby Valentine 'Pretty Confident' Dice-K Will Return To Majors This Season

Daisuke Matsuzaka has already made four rehab starts with the Pawtucket Red Sox as he attempts to work himself back into major league form following Tommy John surgery in June of 2011. But Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine isn't sure what to expect if and when Dice-K returns to the majors.

Per the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham, Valentine was asked whether Matsuzaka will return to the Red Sox this season:

"I'm pretty confident. I don't have a firm date or an exact expectation of what I'm going to see when he does," Valentine responded.

Matsuzaka is 0-1 with a 3.74 ERA and 14 strikeouts over 21 2/3 innings in his four starts with Pawtucket. Over five seasons with the Boston Red Sox, he is 49-30 with a 4.25 ERA. Since going 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA and finishing fourth in AL Cy Young voting in 2008, though, his ERA from season to season has fluctuated between 4.69 and 5.76.

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Red Sox Vs. Tigers Lineups: Ryan Sweeney Returns Against Doug Fister

Ryan Sweeney is back in the Boston lineup Monday afternoon as the Sox welcome the Tigers into Fenway Park for a four-game series. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

The Sox have been without Sweeney ever since he was sent to the 7-day disabled list for a concussion back in Philadelphia. Now, with his concussion test coming up clear, Sweeney will make his return, playing center field and batting seventh.

His return actually brings some wholesale changes in the batting order. Daniel Nava will lead off, while Adrian Gonzalez will stay in right field and hit third as the Sox try to keep their lineup strong. Will Middlebrooks drops down to eighth, making any eventual defensive replacement a lot easier on the batting order, while Mike Aviles hits last.

Boston Red Sox (23-24)

  1. Daniel Nava, LF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, RF
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  7. Ryan Sweeney, CF
  8. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  9. Mike Aviles, SS

Detroit Tigers (23-24)

  1. Quintin Berry, CF
  2. Ryan Raburn, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Andy Dirks, LF
  8. Gerald Laird, C
  9. Danny Worth, 2B


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Detroit Tigers
@ Boston Red Sox

Monday, May 28, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT
Fenway Park

Doug Fister vs Felix Doubront

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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Red Sox Vs. Tigers: Sox Look To Return To Winning Ways Against Tigers

The Red Sox will welcome the Tigers into Fenway Park Monday for a four-game series as they aim for some revenge against the team that swept them in the season's opening season.

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