DETROIT -- If you listened to Doug Fister after Friday's game, you probably thought he had just pitched the worst game of his career.
If you then looked at his box-score line, you'd be even more convinced. Fister didn't get out of the fourth, allowing six runs on 11 hits and a walk in 3 13 innings.
"I just didn't do my job," Fister said. "I didn't execute. I felt good, and I thought I made some good pitches, but there were too many pitches that I didn't make."
That, though, is Doug Fister. If he pitched a one-hitter and lost 1-0, he'd take all of the blame, while he's more than happy to credit winning performances to his teammates. On Friday, he was being a little hard on himself. Yes, he did allow a first-inning homer to Shane Victorino, but Boston's next five runs came off a bewildering array of bloopers, infield singles and balls that found the tiniest gap in Detroit's defense.
"He certainly wasn't at his sharpest today, but I don't think Doug pitched badly at all," Jim Leyla...