Doug Fister rebounded from a miserable start with seven shutout innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 3-0 Monday in a matchup of teams with the AL's best records.
The Tigers won despite missing Miguel Cabrera for the third straight game. He has been sidelined by a strained abdomen, though general manager Dave Dombrowski said the Triple Crown winner has been more hampered by a groin problem.
Prince Fielder and Andy Dirks each drove in a run for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who won for the fourth time in five games.
The AL East-leading Red Sox lost for just the second time in nine games.
Fister (12-7) held Boston to four hits, struck out four and walked four. He gave up 13 hits and seven runs in a loss to Oakland in his previous start on Wednesday.
John Lackey (8-12) was the tough-luck loser, giving up three runs on seven hits over 7 1-3 innings. It was the 11th time Boston's been shutout, six coming when he's pitched.
Jose Veras, the fourth Tigers pitcher, wor...