5-1 Sox in top of sixth

The Red Sox just went ahead of the Tigers, 5-1, when Kevin Youkilis was hit by a Brandon Lyon pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth.

Boston’s fourth run came when Dustin Pedroia walked with the bases loaded. It was Ryan Perry’s third walk of the sixth and it brought on Lyon, a former Red Sox.

Daisuke Matsuzaka is done for the night. Manny Delcarmen came on to start the bottom of the sixth. Matsuzaka threw 96 pitches (61 strikes), giving up one run on six hits.

David Ortiz fanned on a 96 mile per hour pitch leading off the sixth.


The estimable John Lowe, Tigers beat guy for the Detroit Free Press for 24 years, just informed us that this is Jason Bay’s second game at Tiger Stadium. He was here with the National League All-Stars in 2005 but did not play. The AL manager in that game was Terry Francona.

The attendance is 25,914. The Tigers have only had one sellout this year.


It’s the bottom of the fifth, the Sox lead, 3-1, Dice-K is going 3-2 on everybody and walking guys, and the squirrel is back.

Seriously. Dice-K just walked the first two batters of the inning — the No. 8 and 9 batters — as the squirrel is running all over the place.
Matsuzaka fanned Clete Thomas (nasty gryroball), then got Placido Polanco on a liner to left and struck out Magglio Ordonez.

Regarding the squirrel, the grounds crew came out and chased the critter right into the Sox dugout. Stay tuned. Film at 11.


Tigers manager Jim Leyland pulled Rick Porcello after a one-out walk in the fifth. Ryan Perry came on and retired the side, so Dice-K takes a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth. Porcello gave up seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.

The Red Wings just went ahead, 2-1. There was a roar in the back room of the Ernie Harwell press box when Detroit scored. A lot of the TVs in the luxury boxes here are tuned in to hockey. Globe sports desk stalwart and hockey aficionado Jim Hoban would be proud.



The Sox have taken a 3-1 lead in the top of the third inning on a two-run homer by Jason Bay. Bay has 16 homers.
Rick Porcello came up and in on Mike Lowell after the home run. Lowell reached on an infield error, Detroit’s second of the night.
David Ortiz grounded into a double play to end the inning.


Jacoby Ellsbury lined a single to center and stole second (number 22) in the fourth, but was stranded.
The Tigers’ Brandon Inge has a great arm at third base, by the way.
Dice-K faced only three batters in the fourth and leads, 3-1, as we head into the fifth. Nothing squirrely about that, after the excitement with Rocky running on the field in the earlier innings.

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