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PostSubject: GDT38: 5/17/14 - DET (25-12) AT BOS (20-21) - 7:10 p.m. ET   Sat May 17, 2014 2:41 am

GDT38: 5/17/14 - DET (25-12) AT BOS (20-21) -  7:10 p.m. ET




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Detroit Tigers AT Boston Red Sox
Saturday, May 17, 2014
 Fenway Park , Boston, MA
Game Time - 7:10 p.m. EDT



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Pitching matchup



Tigers: RHP Rick Porcello (6-1, 3.22 ERA)

Porcello left his last start as a precaution with left-side tightness after six innings of one-run ball, but he's expected to be fine for his attempt at a sixth consecutive win. He has allowed 14 runs over 11 2/3 innings at Fenway Park.



Red Sox: RHP John Lackey (5-2, 3.57 ERA)

Lackey has given up two earned runs or less in six of his eight starts. Last time out vs. Texas, he went seven frames and allowed two runs for the win. In Game 3 of last year's ALCS vs. the Tigers, he outdueled Justin Verlander in a 1-0 classic.



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PREVIEW


Porcello tries to keep rolling as he takes on nemesis
Detroit righty, who opposes Lackey, has had little success vs. Boston

By Matt Slovin / MLB.com | 5/17/2014 12:28 AM ET

Two towering righties will take the mound at Fenway Park on Saturday night as the Tigers and Red Sox continue their three-game weekend series.

After left-side tightness forced him out of his last start after six innings, Rick Porcello will go for his sixth consecutive win Saturday.

"I don't know, I think I've caught some breaks this year early on, which have helped me out," Porcello said of his 6-1 start. "I think just consistency with all my pitches has been a little bit different than years past. I have a couple more pitches that I can throw in situations. I think having a little bit larger of a repertoire now, being able to change speeds a little better, has definitely helped.

"I feel good. I think there's a lot of things I can keep improving on. I want to keep getting better, don't want to plateau. We're playing good baseball right now. We need to keep it going. I think as long as we all stay consistent, we should keep playing like this."

Like Max Scherzer, who won the series opener for Detroit on Friday, Porcello has a higher ERA against the Red Sox (10.42) than against any other team. In five starts against Boston, Porcello is 1-3 and has allowed six homers in 19 innings.

The Tigers have their own, less successful history against Red Sox starter John Lackey, who picked up the win in Game 3 of last season's American League Championship Series in a 1-0 duel with Justin Verlander. For his career, Lackey is 6-3 with a 3.86 ERA over 12 starts against Detroit.

"I am throwing a lot of strikes and challenging guys," Lackey said of his performance this year. "I've been able to locate too with a bunch of my pitches. I just have to keep that going."

In two starts against the Tigers in the regular season last year, Lackey maintained a 3.12 ERA and lasted at least seven innings in both outings. His crown jewel, though, was the 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball he threw in Game 3 of the ALCS, striking out eight along the way.

That's not to say, however, that Lackey is taking this year's Tigers lightly.

"They are good. They are a deep lineup," he said. "They have nine good hitters. You have no breaks. It is a lineup that makes you work all the way through."

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that, with the Tigers under new management, they present an entirely new set of challenges.

"They have changed their look offensively," Farrell said. "It has become more diverse. They aren't a team that is just built around the long ball. This is a team that can exploit a number of things on the basepaths as well."

Tigers: Putkonen to visit Dr. Andrews
• Luke Putkonen's rehab assignment has been halted, but he isn't rejoining the Tigers. The reliever's next destination is the office of Dr. James Andrews to have his right elbow reexamined.

The exam, the Tigers announced, is scheduled for Wednesday, a month to the day after Putkonen's initial examination by team doctors. Whether Putkonen joins the long list of Major League pitchers to undergo Tommy John surgery to rebuild the ulnar colateral ligament in his right elbow should be clear immediately after that, though Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said that hasn't been discussed yet.

"Not at this point, no," Rand said.

Putkonen underwent an MRI exam on April 21 in Detroit. The results supposedly showed no structural damage, just inflammation. He spent the next couple of weeks taking anti-inflammatories and rehabbing, then began his rehab assignment 10 days ago at Class A West Michigan before making two appearances for Triple-A Toledo.

Red Sox: Victorino sits Friday with knee issue
• Right fielder Shane Victorino was out of the starting lineup for Friday's series opener because of a left knee injury.

"He came in today and we had a chance to look at the left knee and it is still a little bothersome for him," Farrell said. "He [was] going to go for some imaging this afternoon to get a better read on what he is dealing with."

Sitting out for a second straight game, Victorino banged his left knee sliding into third base in Tuesday's game against the Twins. He stayed in the rest of that game and played all nine innings in Wednesday's contest.

Grady Sizemore replaced Victorino in right.

Worth noting
• Victorino has five multihit games in his last 12 contests, hitting .340 with a triple, three doubles and nine RBIs.

• Detroit's Torii Hunter is hitting .333 (6-for-18) with eight RBI with two outs and runners in scoring position.

Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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Tiger's MLB Game Notes



INJURY UPDATE:


Dirks, Andy (LF) (Recovering from March 2014 back surgery, on the 60-day disabled list, Due Back: Possibly June)

Hanrahan, Joel (P) (Recovery from 2013 Tommy John surgery, Placed on 15-day DL on May 2, Due Back: Possibly June)

Iglesias, Jose (SS) (Stress fractures in both shins, 60-day disabled list, Due Back: Possibly late 2014)

Putkonen, Luke (P) (Right elbow inflammation, Placed on 15-day DL on April 21, retroactive to April 19, Due Back: Possibly week of May 5)

Rondon, Bruce (P) (Tommy John surgery-Right elbow, 60-day disabled list, Due Back: 2015)

Sanchez, Anibal (P) (lacerated right middle finger, Placed on 15-day DL on April 26, Due Back: Possibly mid-May)

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BROADCAST SCHEDULE:


On the Internet

MLB.TV
Gameday Audio
•  SCOREBOARD
•  Official Press Pass game notes


On television

, MLBN

Direct TV Extra Innings Schedule


On radio

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XM Channel Schedule


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Up next (Probable Pitchers)


Sunday, May 18:
TIGERS: (RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-2, 3.13 ERA)) AT
RED SOX: (RHP Jake Peavy (1-1, 3.94 ERA))
8:05p  p.m. ET (ESPN, FM 97.1)


Monday, May 19:
TIGERS: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA)) AT
INDIANS: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA))
7:05p  p.m. ET (FS-D, ESPN, FM 97.1)


Tuesday, May 20:
TIGERS: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA)) AT
INDIANS: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA))
7:05p  p.m. ET (FS-D, FM 97.1)


Wednesday, May 21:
TIGERS: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA)) AT
INDIANS: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA))
12:05p  p.m. ET (FS-D, FM 97.1)




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PostSubject: Re: GDT38: 5/17/14 - DET (25-12) AT BOS (20-21) - 7:10 p.m. ET   Sat May 17, 2014 2:43 am

STARTING LINEUPS:

TIGERS (career numbers vs. Lackey)

   Ian Kinsler, 2B (15-for-35, double, triple, HR, 4 walks, K)
   Torii Hunter, RF (14-for-59, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 3 walks, 12 K’s)
   Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-15, double, HR, walk, 4 K’s)
   Victor Martinez, DH (12-for-32, double, 4 walks, 3 K’s)
   Austin Jackson, CF (3-for-11, double, 5 K’s)
   Nick Castellanos, 3B
   Alex Avila, C (0-for-9, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
   Andrew Romine, SS
   Rajai Davis, LF (11-for-28, 2 doubles, triple, 9 K’s)

P: Rick Porcello

RED SOX (career numbers off Porcello)

   Dustin Pedroia, 2B (2-for-10, double, walk, K)
   Shane Victorino, RF (1-for-2, K)
   David Ortiz, DH (2-for-7, HR, K)
   Mike Napoli, 1B (5-for-16, 2 doubles, triple, walk, 6 K’s)
   Grady Sizemore, CF (3-for-15, walk, 3 K’s)
   Mike Carp, LF (0-for-1, walk)
   A.J. Pierzynski, C (5-for-22, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
   Xander Bogaerts, SS
   Brock Holt, 3B

P: John Lackey


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PostSubject: Re: GDT38: 5/17/14 - DET (25-12) AT BOS (20-21) - 7:10 p.m. ET   Sat May 17, 2014 8:46 pm

Top 1

  • 1. Ian Kinsler pops out to third baseman Brock Holt.
  • 2. Torii Hunter lines out to right fielder Shane Victorino.
  • 3. Miguel Cabrera pops out to first baseman Mike Napoli in foul territory.


Bottom 1

  • 1. Dustin Pedroia strikes out swinging.
  • 2. Shane Victorino lines out softly to left fielder Rajai Davis.
  • 3. David Ortiz flies out to left fielder Rajai Davis.


0-0 AFTER 1 INNING


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PostSubject: Re: GDT38: 5/17/14 - DET (25-12) AT BOS (20-21) - 7:10 p.m. ET   Sat May 17, 2014 9:00 pm

Top 2

  • 1. Victor Martinez singles on a ground ball to left fielder Mike Carp.
  • 2. Austin Jackson walks. Victor Martinez to 2nd.
  • 3. Nick Castellanos singles on a line drive to left fielder Mike Carp. Victor Martinez to 3rd. Austin Jackson to 2nd.
  • 4. Alex Avila grounds into a force out, second baseman Dustin Pedroia to shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Victor Martinez scores. Austin Jackson to 3rd. Nick Castellanos out at 2nd. Alex Avila to 1st.
  • 5. Andrew Romine strikes out swinging.
  • 6. Rajai Davis flies out to center fielder Grady Sizemore.


Bottom 2

  • 1. Mike Napoli singles on a line drive to right fielder Torii Hunter.
  • 2. Grady Sizemore grounds into a double play, second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Mike Napoli out at 2nd.
  • 3. Mike Carp pops out to second baseman Ian Kinsler.



TIGERS 1-0 AFTER 2 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT38: 5/17/14 - DET (25-12) AT BOS (20-21) - 7:10 p.m. ET   Sat May 17, 2014 9:17 pm

Top 3

  • 1. Ian Kinsler flies out to center fielder Grady Sizemore.
  • 2. Torii Hunter grounds out, shortstop Xander Bogaerts to first baseman Mike Napoli.
  • 3. Miguel Cabrera homers (7) on a fly ball to right field.
  • 4. Victor Martinez grounds out sharply to first baseman Mike Napoli.


Bottom 3

  • 1. A. J. Pierzynski lines out to left fielder Rajai Davis.
  • 2. Xander Bogaerts singles on a sharp ground ball to shortstop Andrew Romine.
  • 3. Brock Holt grounds into a force out, second baseman Ian Kinsler to shortstop Andrew Romine. Xander Bogaerts out at 2nd. Brock Holt to 1st.
  • 4. Dustin Pedroia lines out to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.


TIGERS 2-0 AFTER 3 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT38: 5/17/14 - DET (25-12) AT BOS (20-21) - 7:10 p.m. ET   Sat May 17, 2014 9:44 pm

Top 4

  • 1. Austin Jackson flies out to left fielder Mike Carp.
  • 2. Nick Castellanos strikes out swinging.
  • 3. Alex Avila walks.
  • 4. Andrew Romine strikes out on a foul tip.


Bottom 4

  • 1. Shane Victorino strikes out swinging.
  • 2. David Ortiz singles on a sharp line drive to left fielder Rajai Davis.
  • 3. Mike Napoli singles on a soft line drive to center fielder Austin Jackson. David Ortiz to 2nd.
  • 4. Grady Sizemore grounds out, second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. David Ortiz to 3rd. Mike Napoli to 2nd.
  • 5. Mike Carp walks.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • 6. A. J. Pierzynski grounds out, second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.


TIGERS 2-0 AFTER 4 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT38: 5/17/14 - DET (25-12) AT BOS (20-21) - 7:10 p.m. ET   Sat May 17, 2014 10:10 pm

Top 5

  • 1. Rajai Davis grounds out, shortstop Xander Bogaerts to first baseman Mike Napoli.
  • 2. Ian Kinsler doubles (10) on a line drive to right fielder Shane Victorino.
  • 3. Torii Hunter doubles (9) on a sharp line drive to left fielder Mike Carp. Ian Kinsler scores.
  • 4. Miguel Cabrera singles on a line drive to center fielder Grady Sizemore. Torii Hunter scores.
  • 5. Victor Martinez lines out sharply to second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
  • 6. Austin Jackson doubles (9) on a line drive to left fielder Mike Carp. Miguel Cabrera to 3rd.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • 7. Nick Castellanos pops out to first baseman Mike Napoli.


Bottom 5

  • 1. Xander Bogaerts homers (2) on a line drive to left field.
  • 2. Brock Holt pops out to shortstop Andrew Romine.
  • 3. Dustin Pedroia singles on a line drive to right fielder Torii Hunter.
  • 4. Shane Victorino flies out to center fielder Austin Jackson.
  • 5. David Ortiz strikes out swinging.


TIGERS 4-1 AFTER 5 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT38: 5/17/14 - DET (25-12) AT BOS (20-21) - 7:10 p.m. ET   Sat May 17, 2014 10:21 pm

Top 6

  • 1. Alex Avila doubles (7) on a ground ball to left fielder Mike Carp.
  • 2. Andrew Romine strikes out swinging.
  • 3. Rajai Davis doubles (5) on a line drive to left fielder Mike Carp. Alex Avila scores.
  • Pitching Change: Edward Mujica replaces John Lackey.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • With Ian Kinsler batting, throwing error by Edward Mujica on the pickoff attempt, Rajai Davis to 3rd.
  • 4. Ian Kinsler out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Grady Sizemore. Rajai Davis scores.
  • 5. Torii Hunter grounds out softly, pitcher Edward Mujica to first baseman Mike Napoli.


Bottom 6

  • 1. Mike Napoli strikes out swinging.
  • 2. Grady Sizemore grounds out, second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
  • 3. Mike Carp grounds out, second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.


TIGERS 6-1 AFTER 6 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT38: 5/17/14 - DET (25-12) AT BOS (20-21) - 7:10 p.m. ET   Sat May 17, 2014 10:34 pm

Top 7

  • Pitching Change: Chris Capuano replaces Edward Mujica.
  • 1. Miguel Cabrera strikes out swinging.
  • 2. Victor Martinez singles on a line drive to left fielder Mike Carp.
  • 3. Austin Jackson lines out to third baseman Brock Holt.
  • 4. Nick Castellanos strikes out swinging.


Bottom 7

  • 1. A. J. Pierzynski pops out to third baseman Nick Castellanos.
  • 2. Xander Bogaerts grounds out, third baseman Nick Castellanos to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
  • 3. Brock Holt grounds out, second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.


TIGERS 6-1 AFTER 7 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT38: 5/17/14 - DET (25-12) AT BOS (20-21) - 7:10 p.m. ET   Sat May 17, 2014 10:48 pm

Top 8

  • 1. Alex Avila grounds out, shortstop Xander Bogaerts to first baseman Mike Napoli.
  • 2. Andrew Romine called out on strikes.
  • 3. Rajai Davis lines out to center fielder Grady Sizemore.


Bottom 8

  • 1. Dustin Pedroia flies out to center fielder Austin Jackson.
  • 2. Shane Victorino grounds out to catcher Alex Avila. Shane Victorino out on batter interference.
  • 3. David Ortiz grounds out, third baseman Nick Castellanos to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.


TIGERS 6-1 AFTER 8 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT38: 5/17/14 - DET (25-12) AT BOS (20-21) - 7:10 p.m. ET   Sat May 17, 2014 11:11 pm

Top 9

  • Pitching Change: Koji Uehara replaces Chris Capuano.
  • 1. Ian Kinsler pops out to first baseman Mike Napoli in foul territory.
  • 2. Torii Hunter strikes out swinging.
  • 3. Miguel Cabrera doubles (12) on a line drive to left fielder Mike Carp.
  • 4. Victor Martinez flies out to center fielder Grady Sizemore.


Bottom 9

  • Pitching Change: Phil Coke replaces Rick Porcello.
  • 1. Mike Napoli singles on a ground ball to left fielder Rajai Davis.
  • 2. Grady Sizemore grounds out to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Mike Napoli to 2nd.
  • 3. Mike Carp grounds out, third baseman Nick Castellanos to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.


TIGERS WIN 6-1

BOX SCORE


W: Porcello (7-1)
L: Lackey (5-3)


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Pitches-strikes: Porcello 110-71, Coke 12-9, Lackey 96-70, Mujica 8-5, Capuano 24-17, Uehara 10-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Porcello 10-3, Coke 2-0, Lackey 4-3, Mujica 1-1, Capuano 1-0, Uehara 0-1.
Batters faced: Porcello 30, Coke 4, Lackey 27, Mujica 2, Capuano 7, Uehara 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Mujica 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Clint Fagan. 1B: Scott Barry. 2B: Hunter Wendelstedt. 3B: Jeff Nelson.
Weather: 73 degrees, clear.
Wind: 9 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:49.
Att: 37,608.
Venue: Fenway Park.
May 17, 2014


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