Up until seven months ago, the Detroit Tigers had not beaten the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park by the score of 1-0 since September 10, 1976. Since October, they’ve done it twice. In a thrilling opening of a three-game weekend series in Boston, the Tigers drew first blood–just as they did in Game 1 of the 2013 ALCS–taking the first game, 1-0.
With the victory, Detroit improved its road mark to 12-4, including nine straight wins away from Comerica Park. That’s the longest stretch for the franchise since they went 17-0 away from Tiger Stadium to start the 1984 season.
Detroit Tigers (25-12) at Boston Red Sox (20-21) — 7:10 PM EDT
Fenway Park — Boston, MA
TV: FSD, MLB Network
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for radio affiliates)
Weather: 70 degrees, slight chance of showers
When We Last Met
Max Scherzer was brilliant until a rain delay sidelined him for nearly an hour (the 47-minute delay began while the Tigers were batting, so Scherzer had to sit longer than Boston starter Jon Lester). When he came back, he was less effective, but still stymied Boston batters. Torii Hunter‘s RBI in the first inning stood up and Detroit’s bullpen, aside from Evan Reed‘s shaky effort, was spotless in the 1-0 win Friday night.
Rick Porcello (6-1, 3.22) has quieted critics this year with his stellar play and has leapt over hurdles that have kept him hindered in the past. In the past, it was rare for Rick to have dominating starts back-to-back, but he has answered that bell and will be looking for his sixth consecutive victory tonight. This is another test for Porcello because the Red Sox battered him last year. In a Sept. 4 start at Fenway Park, he allowed nine runs (eight earned) including four homers in a 20-4 loss. He also appeared in relief in the bottom of the ninth of ALCS Game 2, and allowed the walk-off victory for Boston.
John Lackey (5-2, 3.57) is off to a good start for the Red Sox. He’s allowed seven runs over his last four starts (three wins and a no-decision), which marks a dramatic improvement when he allowed the same line score of six runs on 10 hits in back-to-back starts against the Yankees and Orioles in mid-April. Lackey was simply brilliant in his one start against the Tigers in the ALCS. He beat out Justin Verlander in a pitcher’s duel, spoiling the Tigers’ chances of holding on to home field advantage that they had taken from Boston by winning Game 1. Lackey was also fairly solid in the regular season against Detroit, posting a 3.14 ERA in two starts (a loss and a no-decision).
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Torii Hunter-RF
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- Austin Jackson-CF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Alex Avila-C
- Andrew Romine-SS
- Rajai Davis-LF
- Anibal Sanchez - Probable for Sunday
- Luke Putkonen - 15-day DL
- Joel Hanrahan - 15-day DL
- Andy Dirks - 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias - 60-day DL
- Bruce Rondon - Out for the season