Game over: Tigers 10, Red Sox 0: Well, that was ugly. Josh Beckett takes the loss, allowing five home runs as the Sox start 0-2.
The Red Sox have two runs and have struck out 19 times in two games.
Top of the 9th: Tigers 10, Red Sox 0: Bowden allowed a walk but that was it.
Middle of the 8th: Tigers 10, Red Sox 0: Aviles, Ellsbury and Gonzalez all struck out. Pedoria walked. The Sox have K’s 18 times in 17 innings this season.
Top of the 8th: Tigers 10, Red Sox 0: Albers hit Fielder before singles by Young and Avila loaded the bases. Peralta grounded into a fielder’s choice at home but Salty’s throw to first was wide and a run scored. Justin Thomas replaced Albers and allowed an RBI single by Dirks.
This is really ugly. The Sox have allowed 10 runs. They have five hits and have committed two errors.
Middle of the 7th: Tigers 8, Red Sox 0: Octavio Dotel replaced Below and allowed only a single by Sweeney. Matt Albers in for Atchison.
Top of the 7th: Tigers 8, Red Sox 0: Two singles and two fielder’s choices gave the Tigers another run. Jackson had the RBI.
Middle of the 6th: Tigers 7, Red Sox 0: Gonzalez drove a ball off the wall in right field with two outs and was held to a single. Ortiz then flied to center. The Sox have four hits.
Top of the 6th: Tigers 7, Red Sox 0: Gentleman, start your chicken and beer jokes. Beckett is done after 4.2 horrid innings that included five — count ’em — five home runs.
Cabrera and Fielder went back to back with two outs. The first one had to be reviewed as it somehow came back onto the field and slipped under the fence. Prince’s was a no doubter to right. Beckett didn’t give up his fifth homer until June 28 last year.
Atchison pitching now.
Middle of the 5th: Tigers 5, Red Sox 0: Below retired the side in order. Cabrera made a diving stab to rob Salty of a single. This is ugly.
Fister does indeed have a strain on his left side, so say the Tigers.
Top of the 5th: Tigers 5, Red Sox 0: Yikes. Fielder led off by blasting a cut fastball to the opposite field for his first home run as a member of the Tigers. He has two hits against Beckett in his career, both home runs. Young followed with a grounder into the hole at first. Gonzalez whiffed on the ball but Young was given a base hit. Beckett then left a changeup over the plate that Avila sent over the fence in left and into the Detroit bullpen.
Beckett did not allow three home runs in a game all last season.
Middle of the 4th: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0: Sweeney popped to short.
Top of the 4th: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0: Gonzalez singled. Fister then got Ortiz on a fly ball to deep right before striking out an overmatched Youkils (0 for 6, 4 K on the season). After throwing two balls to Sweeney, Fister was taken from the game with an as-yet-unannounced injury. He appeared to be pointing to his left side, so perhaps it’s an oblique muscle. Rookie Duane Below now pitching.
Top of the 4th: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0: Beckett had retired six straight before Jackson doubled with one out. Beckett came back to get Boesch on a fly ball to deep right field before striking out Cabrera on three pitches.
Middle of the 3rd: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0: Salty led off with a double to right field. It was wasted as Aviles, Ellsbury and Pedroia grounded out.
Top of the 3rd: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0: Beckett got Avila and Peralta on groundballs to first and Dirks on a pop to left. Only nine pitches in the inning.
Middle of the 2nd: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0: Ortiz singled as second baseman Ryan Raburn, playing in shallow right field, had a softy hit ball deflect off his glove as it tailed away. Youkilis struck out swinging. Sweeney drew a walk before Ross grounded into a double play, the ball going right to Raburn as he was shaded up the middle. He stepped on the bag and fired to first.
Top of the 2nd: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0: The season did not start well for Beckett. He walked Jackson before Cabrera helped a 1-1 fastball that was up and over the plate deep to center for a home run. Beckett worked his way out of the inning from there.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0: Not an auspicious start for the Sox. Ellsbury lined to left, Pedroia grounded to short and Gonzalez struck out swinging,
Pre-game: Good afternoon from sun-splashed Comerica Park. It has been just about 48 hours since the Sox last played.
Josh Beckett will be much-scrutinized as he starts against Doug Fister. Beckett is on the mound for the first time since his role in the collapse and since he had two specialists examine his injured thumb.
Beckett pitched very well in spring training. Now he has to face a tough lineup.
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