Found May 30, 2012 on Lost My Way:
Ortiz and Youkilis celebrate after a 3-run double by Daniel Nava. The Boston Red Sox were able to rough up last season's American League Cy Young and MVP winner, Justin Verlander, last night in a 6-3 victory. Daniel Nava hit a bases clearing double in the fourth scoring Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, and Scott Posednik that made the score 4-0.  Daniel Bard pitched for Boston and picked up his fifth win on the season in a little over five innings pitched. His only two mistakes came on a pair of solo homeruns hit by Jhonny Peralta and Prince Fielder. Verlander lasted six innings, allowing ten hits and five earned runs as the loss moved him to 5-3 on the year.      Fielder would later add a RBI single that scored Miguel Cabrera in the seventh, however the Red Sox would get the run back on an Ortiz solo homerun over the Green Monster in the bottom half of the inning. It was the 11th homerun on the season for 'Big Papi'.  After Bard, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine used five different pitchers out of the bullpen that ended with Alfredo Aceves picking up his 12th save on the season after a brief rain delay in the eighth inning.    Boston will hope to fair better than Detroit with their ace on the mound, as Jon Lester will look to help the Red Sox win three in a row over Detroit tonight. In his last start, Lester got roughed up by the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway allowing three homeruns, including a grand slam by Matt Joyce in a 7-4 Red Sox loss. Doug Smyly will be on the hill for Detroit and is 2-1 this season with a 3.14 ERA, coming off a win in his last start against the Minnesota Twins.    The Tigers started their 2012 season by sweeping the Red Sox at home, so I'm sure Boston would like to return the favor with a win tonight and tomorrow.  TL;DR The Red Sox got to Justin Verlander and moved over .500 for the first time all year. Tigers vs. Red Sox Boxscore [ESPN]Posted by Mowry under Sports

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