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PostSubject: GDT71: 6/20/13 - DET (39-31) VS BOS (44-30) - 7:08 p.m. ET    Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:18 am

GDT71: 6/20/13 - DET (39-31) VS BOS (44-30)  -  7:08 p.m. ET




--- VS ---

Detroit Tigers VS Boston Red Sox
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Comerica Park, DETROIT, Mi
Game Time - 7:08 p.m. EDT



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Pitching matchup



Tigers: LHP Jose Alvarez (1-0, 1.50 ERA)

Filling in for Anibal Sanchez on June 9 against the Indians, Alvarez allowed one run in six innings, striking out seven, in his Major League debut. He leads the International League in strikeouts (84) and WHIP (1.02).



Red Sox: RHP John Lackey (4-5, 3.08 ERA)

Lackey is coming off one of his best starts of the season against the Orioles. He fought through a rough first inning to give up just two runs over seven innings and earned the win in the process. He has five quality starts in his last six outings.



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PREVIEW



After strong debut, Alvarez faces Red Sox in Detroit
Tigers lefty carried no-no into fifth of first start; Lackey starts for Boston

By Zack Meisel and AJ Cassavell / MLB.com | 6/19/2013 11:26 PM ET

Jose Alvarez carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning of his Major League debut. What could the Tigers southpaw possibly do for an encore?

"He came up. He did a wonderful job," said Detroit manager Jim Leyland. "I think he'll do fine [Thursday] if he has that same [presence]. The kid did a fantastic job. And we said if something came up, he would deserve a start, and we're giving him a start."

Alvarez will get that second chance when the Tigers host the Red Sox for the first tilt of a four-game series on Thursday. On June 9, the 24-year-old limited the Indians to one run on three hits over six innings. He walked one and tallied seven strikeouts.

When Anibal Sanchez landed on the disabled list this week, the Tigers selected Alvarez to take his spot in the starting rotation.

"I feel comfortable with him," Leyland said. "[The Red Sox] don't know him, so I don't know what's going to happen."

Alvarez will encounter a Boston club that sits 1 1/2 games ahead of the Orioles in a tough American League East. The Red Sox also lead the Majors in runs per game.

"We're going to get challenged in Detroit," Boston manager John Farrell said. "We know that. But I like to think they're probably going to feel the same when we leave there."

Veteran right-hander John Lackey will toe the rubber for Boston. Lackey has compiled a 4-5 record and a 3.08 ERA in 11 starts this season, though he has posted a 3-1 mark and a 2.39 ERA across his last six outings.

On Saturday, Lackey held the Orioles to two runs over seven innings. He surrendered both runs in the first frame before blanking Baltimore for the ensuing six innings.

"Just kind of slowed it down, tried to make some pitches, minimize some damage and kind of got settled in a little bit," Lackey said. "[You] can't really do much about the first couple guys getting on once they're on, so you just try to minimize it the best you can."

Red Sox: Rare day off for Salty
After he caught both games of a doubleheader on Tuesday and was behind the plate again on Wednesday, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is scheduled to finally get a day off for the series opener against Detroit.

"With today's matchup, and then with Alvarez -- a left-hander -- going tomorrow, it's likely [Ryan] Lavarnway will be back there handling Lackey over in Detroit, first game," Farrell said Wednesday.

Lavarnway had two hits -- one a double -- in eight May at-bats.

Tigers: Holaday gets a chance
Catcher Bryan Holaday made his first start behind the plate on Wednesday. He was promoted to the big league squad on Monday when Alex Avila went on the 15-day disabled list.

"I think Holaday's good at following a game plan," Leyland said.

Leyland said he contemplated starting Holaday on Thursday, since he has experience catching Alvarez at Triple-A Toledo, but given how well Alvarez fared in his debut with a different catcher, Leyland decided it isn't a necessity.

Worth noting
• The Red Sox and Tigers have yet to square off this season. The clubs split 10 meetings last year.

• In 23 lifetime at-bats against Lackey, Victor Martinez has a .435 average. Jhonny Peralta has had similar success, batting .393 in 28 at-bats.

• The Tigers and Red Sox rank first and second in the Majors, respectively, in on-base percentage.

Zack Meisel is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @zackmeisel. AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. 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:


RHP Octavio Dotel (Right elbow inflammation, transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list on June 8, 2013.)

RHP Anibal Sanchez (Right shoulder stiffness, placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 16, 2013.)

C Alex Avila (Left forearm injury, placed on the 15-day disabled list June 17, 2013.)


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Up next (Probable Pitchers)




FRI, Jun 21:
TIGERS: (RHP Doug Fister (6-4, 3.21 ERA)) VS
RED SOX: (LHP Jon Lester (6-4, 4.37 ERA))
7:08  p.m. ET (FS-D / FM 97.1)


SAT, Jun 22:
TIGERS: (RHP Max Scherzer (10-0, 3.08 ERA)) VS
RED SOX: (RHP Allen Webster (0-1, 11.74 ERA))
7:15  p.m. ET (FOX / FM 97.1)


SUN, Jun 23:
TIGERS: (RHP Justin Verlander (8-5, 3.72 ERA)) VS
RED SOX: (LHP Felix Doubront (4-3, 4.38 ERA))
1:08  p.m. ET (FS-D / FM 97.1)


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PostSubject: Re: GDT71: 6/20/13 - DET (39-31) VS BOS (44-30) - 7:08 p.m. ET    Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:18 am

STARTING LINEUPS:

Boston Red Sox:
1. CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
2. RF: Shane Victorino
3. 2B: Dustin Pedroia
4. DH: David Ortiz
5. 1B: Mike Napoli
6. LF: Jonny Gomes
7. C: Ryan Lavarnway
8. 3B: Will Middlebrooks
9. SS: Jose Iglesias
SP: John Lackey


Detroit Tigers:
1. CF: Austin Jackson
2. RF: Torii Hunter
3. 3B: Miguel Cabrera
4. 1B: Prince Fielder
5. DH: Victor Martinez
6. SS: Jhonny Peralta
7. LF: Andy Dirks
8. 2B: Omar Infante
9. C: Brayan Pena
SP: Jose Alvarez


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PostSubject: Re: GDT71: 6/20/13 - DET (39-31) VS BOS (44-30) - 7:08 p.m. ET    Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:22 pm

BOS - Top 1st
B:1 S:0 O:1
Jacoby Ellsbury flies out to right fielder Torii Hunter.

B:2 S:2 O:2
Shane Victorino pops out to shortstop Jhonny Peralta.

B:2 S:3 O:3
Dustin Pedroia called out on strikes.


DET - Bot 1st
B:1 S:3 O:1
Austin Jackson strikes out swinging.

B:1 S:1 O:2
Torii Hunter grounds out, third baseman Will Middlebrooks to first baseman Mike Napoli.

B:2 S:3 O:3
Miguel Cabrera strikes out swinging.

0-0 AFTER 1 INNING


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PostSubject: Re: GDT71: 6/20/13 - DET (39-31) VS BOS (44-30) - 7:08 p.m. ET    Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:35 pm

BOS - Top 2nd
B:0 S:3 O:1
David Ortiz strikes out swinging.

B:0 S:0 O:1
Mike Napoli singles on a fly ball to center fielder Austin Jackson.

B:1 S:1 O:3
Jonny Gomes grounds into a double play, second baseman Omar Infante to shortstop Jhonny Peralta to first baseman Prince Fielder. Mike Napoli out at 2nd.


DET - Bot 2nd
B:3 S:1 O:1
Prince Fielder flies out to center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

B:1 S:2 O:2
Victor Martinez grounds out, second baseman Dustin Pedroia to first baseman Mike Napoli.

B:2 S:1 O:3
Jhonny Peralta grounds out, third baseman Will Middlebrooks to first baseman Mike Napoli.

0-0 AFTER 2 INNINGS


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BOS - Top 3rd
B:3 S:2 O:1
Ryan Lavarnway grounds out, third baseman Miguel Cabrera to first baseman Prince Fielder.

B:3 S:1 O:2
Will Middlebrooks flies out to right fielder Torii Hunter.

B:4 S:0 O:2
Jose Iglesias walks.

B:4 S:0 O:2
Jacoby Ellsbury walks. Jose Iglesias to 2nd.

Coaching visit to mound.

B:1 S:2 O:2
Shane Victorino hit by pitch. Jose Iglesias to 3rd. Jacoby Ellsbury to 2nd.

On-field Delay.

B:1 S:1 O:3
Dustin Pedroia lines out to right fielder Torii Hunter.


DET - Bot 3rd
B:1 S:2 O:1
Andy Dirks grounds out, second baseman Dustin Pedroia to first baseman Mike Napoli.

B:3 S:2 O:1
Omar Infante doubles (12) on a fly ball to left fielder Jonny Gomes.

B:1 S:2 O:2
Brayan Pena grounds out, third baseman Will Middlebrooks to first baseman Mike Napoli.

B:0 S:1 O:3
Austin Jackson grounds out, shortstop Jose Iglesias to first baseman Mike Napoli.

0-0 AFTER 3 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT71: 6/20/13 - DET (39-31) VS BOS (44-30) - 7:08 p.m. ET    Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:23 pm

BOS - Top 4th
B:0 S:0 O:0
David Ortiz homers (15) on a fly ball to right field.
BOS 1 - 0

B:3 S:2 O:1
Mike Napoli grounds out, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to first baseman Prince Fielder.

B:3 S:3 O:2
Jonny Gomes strikes out swinging.

B:3 S:1 O:2
Ryan Lavarnway doubles (2) on a line drive to left fielder Andy Dirks.

B:1 S:1 O:3
Will Middlebrooks grounds out softly to first baseman Prince Fielder.


DET - Bot 4th
B:2 S:1 O:1
Torii Hunter pops out to first baseman Mike Napoli.

B:0 S:0 O:1
Miguel Cabrera doubles (17) on a line drive to right fielder Shane Victorino.

B:1 S:1 O:2
Prince Fielder flies out to center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

With Victor Martinez batting, wild pitch by John Lackey, Miguel Cabrera to 3rd.

B:3 S:2 O:3
Victor Martinez grounds out to first baseman Mike Napoli.

BOS 1 - 0 AFTER 4 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT71: 6/20/13 - DET (39-31) VS BOS (44-30) - 7:08 p.m. ET    Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:50 pm

BOS - Top 5th
B:1 S:1 O:0
Jose Iglesias triples (1) on a line drive to right fielder Torii Hunter.

B:0 S:0 O:0
Jacoby Ellsbury singles on a line drive to center fielder Austin Jackson. Jose Iglesias scores.
BOS 2 - 0

B:0 S:0 O:1
Shane Victorino flies out to center fielder Austin Jackson.

B:2 S:2 O:2
Dustin Pedroia flies out to right fielder Torii Hunter.

B:0 S:0 O:3
David Ortiz flies out to center fielder Austin Jackson.


DET - Bot 5th
B:0 S:3 O:1
Jhonny Peralta strikes out swinging.

B:4 S:0 O:1
Andy Dirks walks.

B:3 S:1 O:2
Omar Infante pops out to shortstop Jose Iglesias.

B:1 S:0 O:2
Brayan Pena singles on a line drive to right fielder Shane Victorino. Andy Dirks to 2nd.

B:0 S:1 O:2
Austin Jackson singles on a soft ground ball to third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Andy Dirks to 3rd. Brayan Pena to 2nd.

B:0 S:0 O:2
Torii Hunter singles on a fly ball to right fielder Shane Victorino. Andy Dirks scores. Brayan Pena scores. Austin Jackson to 3rd.
TIED 2 - 2

Coaching visit to mound.

B:1 S:3 O:3
Miguel Cabrera strikes out swinging.

TIED 2 - 2 AFTER 5 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT71: 6/20/13 - DET (39-31) VS BOS (44-30) - 7:08 p.m. ET    Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:02 pm

BOS - Top 6th
Pitching Change: Luke Putkonen replaces Jose Alvarez.

B:2 S:2 O:1
Mike Napoli flies out to right fielder Torii Hunter.

B:2 S:3 O:2
Jonny Gomes strikes out swinging.

B:3 S:2 O:3
Ryan Lavarnway grounds out, third baseman Miguel Cabrera to first baseman Prince Fielder.


DET - Bot 6th
B:0 S:0 O:0
Prince Fielder singles on a line drive to right fielder Shane Victorino.

B:0 S:2 O:2
Victor Martinez grounds into a double play, second baseman Dustin Pedroia to shortstop Jose Iglesias to first baseman Mike Napoli. Prince Fielder out at 2nd.

B:1 S:1 O:3
Jhonny Peralta grounds out, shortstop Jose Iglesias to first baseman Mike Napoli.

TIED 2 - 2 AFTER 6 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT71: 6/20/13 - DET (39-31) VS BOS (44-30) - 7:08 p.m. ET    Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:20 pm

BOS - Top 7th
B:3 S:1 O:1
Will Middlebrooks flies out to center fielder Austin Jackson.

B:1 S:2 O:2
Jose Iglesias flies out to left fielder Andy Dirks.

Coaching visit to mound.


Pitching Change: Phil Coke replaces Luke Putkonen.

B:0 S:3 O:3
Jacoby Ellsbury strikes out swinging.


DET - Bot 7th
B:1 S:2 O:0
Andy Dirks singles on a line drive to left fielder Jonny Gomes.

B:0 S:0 O:1
Omar Infante bunt pops out to pitcher John Lackey.

B:0 S:0 O:2
Brayan Pena grounds into a force out, second baseman Dustin Pedroia to shortstop Jose Iglesias. Andy Dirks out at 2nd. Brayan Pena to 1st.

B:2 S:3 O:3
Austin Jackson strikes out swinging.

TIED 2 - 2 AFTER 7 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT71: 6/20/13 - DET (39-31) VS BOS (44-30) - 7:08 p.m. ET    Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:47 pm

BOS - Top 8th
B:4 S:0 O:0
Shane Victorino walks.

Coaching visit to mound.

B:4 S:0 O:0
Dustin Pedroia walks. Shane Victorino to 2nd.

B:1 S:0 O:0
David Ortiz singles on a ground ball to right fielder Torii Hunter. Shane Victorino scores. Dustin Pedroia to 2nd.
BOS 3 - 2

Pitching Change: Drew Smyly replaces Phil Coke.

Coaching visit to mound.

B:1 S:3 O:1
Mike Napoli strikes out swinging.

B:1 S:1 O:2
Jonny Gomes pops out to third baseman Miguel Cabrera in foul territory.

B:1 S:1 O:2
Ryan Lavarnway hit by pitch. Dustin Pedroia to 3rd. David Ortiz to 2nd.

B:2 S:1 O:3
Will Middlebrooks flies out to right fielder Torii Hunter.


DET - Bot 8th
Pitching Change: Koji Uehara replaces John Lackey.

B:0 S:1 O:1
Torii Hunter grounds out, shortstop Jose Iglesias to first baseman Mike Napoli.

B:0 S:3 O:2
Miguel Cabrera strikes out swinging.

B:1 S:2 O:3
Prince Fielder flies out to center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

BOS 3 - 2 AFTER 8 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT71: 6/20/13 - DET (39-31) VS BOS (44-30) - 7:08 p.m. ET    Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:10 pm

BOS - Top 9th
B:2 S:3 O:1
Jose Iglesias called out on strikes.

B:0 S:3 O:2
Jacoby Ellsbury strikes out swinging.

B:1 S:2 O:2
Shane Victorino doubles (6) on a line drive to center fielder Austin Jackson.

With Dustin Pedroia batting, Shane Victorino steals (8) 3rd base.

B:3 S:3 O:3
Dustin Pedroia strikes out swinging.


DET - Bot 9th
Pitching Change: Andrew Bailey replaces Koji Uehara.

B:4 S:1 O:0
Victor Martinez walks.

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Don Kelly replaces Victor Martinez.

B:1 S:2 O:0
Jhonny Peralta homers (7) on a line drive to left field. Don Kelly scores.


TIGERS WIN 4-3

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W: Smyly (3-0, 1.85 ERA)
L: Bailey, A (3-1, 4.03 ERA)


Game Info

Bailey, A pitched to 2 batters in the 9th.
Coke pitched to 3 batters in the 8th.

WP: Lackey.
HBP: Victorino (by Alvarez, Jo), Lavarnway (by Smyly).
Pitches-strikes: Lackey 98-64, Uehara 10-9, Bailey, A 9-4, Alvarez, Jo 85-49, Putkonen 25-14, Coke 13-4, Smyly 39-27.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lackey 10-2, Uehara 1-1, Bailey, A 0-0, Alvarez, Jo 4-5, Putkonen 1-2, Coke 0-0, Smyly 0-1.
Batters faced: Lackey 28, Uehara 3, Bailey, A 2, Alvarez, Jo 22, Putkonen 5, Coke 4, Smyly 8.
Inherited runners-scored: Smyly 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Scott Barry. 1B: Mike DiMuro. 2B: Ted Barrett. 3B: Alfonso Marquez.
Weather: 78 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, Varies.
T: 2:53.
Att: 36,939.
Venue: Comerica Park.
June 20, 2013


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PostSubject: Re: GDT71: 6/20/13 - DET (39-31) VS BOS (44-30) - 7:08 p.m. ET    Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:46 am

Game 71: When shoring up ninth inning puts eighth into flux
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Posted on June 21, 2013 at 1:21 am

On the day Tigers manager Jim Leyland formally changed closers, he ended up with a very good example why his bullpen concerns go well beyond that.

By the time Jhonny Peralta’s walkoff two-run homer landed in the bullpen beyond the left-field fence, Leyland had a good example why he isn’t the only manager going through bullpen issues.

“You saw what happened to Coke is the same thing actually that happened to them,” Leyland said. “One-run lead and they walked the leadoff guy in the ninth. That was a backbreaker for them.”

It might well lead the Red Sox to the same closer change the Tigers made earlier Thursday. Leyland, meanwhile, will be trying to find the mix to fill his other relief spots after changing closers himself.

He can move Joaquin Benoit from eighth-inning setup work to closer, and he did. In so doing, however, he has to fill the eighth inning where he once had one of the league’s best setup men to hold a game. That led to the dreaded combination of Phil Coke facing right-handed hitters.

As rough as that has been, Leyland was willing to take the chance for the matchups to the other guys.

Leyland had the matchups he wanted. Phil Coke had held Jacoby Ellsbury to 1-for-9 for his career, and David Ortiz to 1-for-15. Once Ellsbury struck out on three pitches to end the seventh, the Ortiz numbers gave him reason to think he could get Coke through the eighth as well. The key was going to be switch-hitting Shane Victorino and right-handed hitter Dustin Pedroia.

“Everybody’s going to say, ‘Well, why didn’t you bring in Smyly first,’” Leyland said. “I’ll tell you exactly why, because the two guys we were concerned about: Ellsbury, who he struck out on three pitches, and Ortiz were a total of 2-for-24 against him. So that’s why we brought in Phil Coke, and he walked two guys. That’s a no-no. He didn’t have a good outing. Pretty simple.

“Those two guys were 2-for-24 off of him. David Ortiz was 1-for-15. So that’s why he faced him. He didn’t do very good, had a tough outing, because he walked guys. If he gets those two guys out, he probably gets Ortiz out. But he walked them, and that’s a no-no.”

By contrast, Ortiz was 2-for-3 off Smyly, a small sample size but enough of a reason that Leyland felt he could get through a game without having to use him. Or at the very least, he could save Smyly for extra innings if it got to that point.

“You have to understand something: If you have two or three, four guys that you guys are asking about all the time, and you don’t want to use them, that’s not good,” Leyland said. “They have to be used. They have to pitch. Phil Coke, he had a bad night. I’m not mad at him. But if Phil Coke and some of these guys aren’t good for us, we’re in trouble. I mean, they have to pitch.

“You can’t pitch two guys every night. That’s as simple as it is. So if you’re not going to pitch him when you’ve got two guys that are 2-for-24 off of him, I don’t know when you’re going to use him.”

Instead, he ended up having to use Smyly for two innings and 39 pitches, which almost surely rules him out of action until Sunday, which brings them back to the same point Leyland had here: Other guys need to get outs.

“Is Drew Smyly going to be available for two days? No, he’s not going to be, most likely,” Leyland said. “So Coke better be able to do something. Downs better be able to do something. That’s as simple as it is. You can’t pitch the same guys every night, particularly when they throw 30 pitches. So the fact of the matter is, other guys are going to have to do something as well. And Smyly’s done a good job. I’m not upset with anybody, but I mean, put these things together a little bit.”

That’s what Leyland now has to do. The dominance of the Tigers rotation has allowed him to put it off for the most part, but the issue of bullpen depth is coming to a breaking point as badly as the closer situation is.


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