(4:20, Game Over, Detroit 2, Boston 0)A great performance by Detroit ace and Cy Young candidate Justin Verlander, who went 8 innings and threw 123 pitches, the final two at 100 mph. Verlander, who allowed four hits, two walks and two hit batters (both Chris Woodward) was replaced by closer Fernando Rodney and he kept in tact Detroit's streak of not losing a game they lead in the ninth inning. A crowd of 37,556 watched today's matinee. Verlander is now 13-6. The Sox wasted a nice effort by Clay Buchholz, who went seven innings and alowed two runs. The Sox are now off to Texas for a big wildcard battle.
, four hits one walk eight strikeouts and two hit batters
(4:06, top 9th, Detroit 2, Boston 0)One of the more incredible performances we've seen here. Justin Verlander threw his 122nd and 123rd pitch of the 8th inning at 100 mph. He spotted Jacoby Ellsbury a double to rightcenter, but he just reared back. Tremendous.
(3:36, top 7th, Detroit 2, Boston 0)
Ryan Raburn has now driven in both Tiger runs after striking a 1-0 high fastball into the Monster seats off Clay Buchholz with one out in the 7th. Nevertheless, Buchholz has pitched very well and deserved a better outcome than what's going on right now. Buchholz has pitched to contact quite successfully. He also allowed a single to Adam Everett and walked Curtis Granderson, but got out of it.
(3:03, bottom fifth, Detroit 1, Boston 0)Chris Woodward must feel special. Hit with two Verlander pitches. In the bottom of the fifth Verlander's curve failed to break over the plate as planned. Through five now and the Sox can't muster much off Verlander. Woodward was stranded at first as Ellsbury and Reddick both flew out to center.
(2:55, top fifth, Detroit 1, Boston 0)
David Ortiz looks terrible. He's struck out twice and he's now in a 4-for-39 (.103) skid.
(2:44, top fourth, Detroit 1, Boston 0)
I'm afraid the Red Sox are letting Justin Verlander off the hook. In the third inning they stranded runners at the corners after Chris Woodward, playing second today for the resting Dustin Pedroia, had his uniform grazed and reached on a hit by a pitch. After Ellsbury flied out deep to center and Josh Reddick reached on a fielder's choice on a nice diving stop by Cabrera. But then Martinez singled sending Reddick to third, but Bay fanned for the second time with a runner at third base. Verlander has been vulnerable as of late allowing five earned runs in each of his last two starts. Buchholz has allowed what was ruled a double on sinking liner to right which hit off Reddick's foot (should have been scored a single and error on the right-fielder) and he scored with two outs on Ryan Rabrun's infield single to third base for the game's first run.
(1:58, bottom first 0-0)Sox missed a great opportunity to touch up Verlander for a first-inning run or two. Terry Francona correctly predicted before the game that Josh Reddick might do something to help the Sox win. So he hit a ground-rule double to right batting No. 2 in the first inning with one out. After Victor Martinez singled to left, with Reddick stopping at third, Verlander struck out both Jason Bay and David Ortiz to get out of the inning. Martinez had taken second base on a delayed (he stopped midway from first to second as catcher Gerald Laird couldn't decide whether to make a throw to second) steal. It was Martinez' first steal since July 21, 2003, also against the Tigers. With runners at second and third, the Sox got nothing. Clay Buchholz, meanwhile has looked sharp to the first four batters, all outs, two for strikeouts.