The Red Sox and Tigers may split this series 2-2, but I hope they at least win the marquee Sale vs Verlander matchup.
JaCoby Jones capped a wild eighth inning with a bases-loaded walk, and the Detroit Tigers outlasted the flu-bitten Boston Red Sox 6-5 on Friday to win their ninth straight home opener. No Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts or Hanley Ramirez today.
Boston was also forced to shake up the lineup, with several players missing due to illness or bereavement.
It was a much better day for the Tigers bullpen than the night before, when a 4-0 lead evaporated with a five-run eighth inning by the Red Sox.
What the Detroit bullpen squandered, the Boston relievers had given right back. James McCann went deep for the Tigers. Veteran Jordan Zimmermann begins his second season with the Detroit Tigers on Saturday versus the risky Red Sox.
Boston Red Sox starter Steven Wright delivers a pitch during Friday's game against the Tigers in Detroit.
"The four total walks and the base hit (in the eighth), obviously are a hard one here", Farrell said.
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Kung Fu Panda's first home run of the season gave the Red Sox a 5-4 lead. Farrell said the injured lefty will throw his first bullpen Monday, and the Red Sox will decide where to go in Price's rehab from there.
Rodriguez made 14 starts after the All-Star break and posted a 3.24 ERA while allowing just 1.14 walks and hits per inning pitched. Two games were postponed because of the weather, and only one was made up this week.
Young hit an RBI double and Jackie Bradley Jr. added a run-scoring single for Boston in the eighth before Sandoval's big swing. He was charged with three runs after Alex Wilson and Rodriguez each came on and allowed hits. Nick Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera both struck out, then Victor Martinez walked after a nine-pitch at-bat and Justin Upton earned his walk after six pitches. "I" buttons to all fans in attendance Friday, in honor of owner Mike Ilitch, who died shortly before the start of spring training. The third baseman came through with a huge three-run homer to left-center field on a pitch that was up and away out of the strike zone. When that half-inning ended, the Red Sox had a 69.2 percent chance to win.
The Red Sox will play game 2 of their series with Detroit on Saturday, April 8.
His season steadily unraveled after that and Zimmermann, bothered by side and neck injuries, was 9-7 with a 4.87 ERA for 19 games, which included one relief appearance.
There's a good bit of doubt in Detroit about just what kind of pitcher Jordan Zimmermann will be in 2017.