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Jon Lester struck out a season-high nine to lead the Red Sox past
Tigers ace Max Scherzer on Tuesday at Fenway (Boston Herald photo)
Redsox.com was labeling this one as the “Ace-off”.
And while both Detroit’s Max Scherzer and Boston’s Jon Lester more than lived up to the advance billing, it was the Red Sox that managed to outwit the Tigers and scrape together a 2-1 victory in Game Two of the three-game set at Fenway Park on Tuesday.
At first glance, the numbers didn’t favor Lester — he came into the game with a 5.26 ERA and a .304 opponent average lifetime against the Tigers — but he’d also posted quality starts in eight of his last nine outings, going 4-3 with a 2.75 ERA over that span.
Scherzer, meanwhile, entered the game 19-1 overall and a spotless 8-0 with a 2.14 ERA on the road this year, but was just 1-1 with a 4.34 ERA at Fenway in his career.
Something had to give.
Thankfully, it wasn't Lester, who put on one of his bes...
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It was a battle of two aces on Tuesday night, but Jon Lester saved one of his best performances of the season for the occasion, and he was rewarded with a hard-earned win.
The left-hander allowed only one run, and struck out a season-high nine batters over his seven innings of work. Lester outdueled Max Scherzer who was seeking his 20th win of the season, and looking to become...
Even without Miguel Cabrera, the Detroit Tigers showed why they are still considered the team to beat in the American League, shutting out the Boston Red Sox 3-0 in the series opener on Labor Day. Detroit (81-57) now trails Boston (82-57) by a half-game for the best record in the AL with a chance to overtake the top spot tonight.
Jon Lester has...
8 a.m. ET: Monday’s series opener between the Red Sox and Tigers was not what you would expect from the two highest-scoring teams in baseball. Both starters took shutouts into the seventh inning, with Detroit’s Doug Fister emerging victorious in a 3-0 Tigers win.
Don’t be shocked if you see more of the same on Tuesday. The second matchup in a three-game series between the...
Jon Lester outdueled Max Scherzer and the Boston Red Sox beat
Detroit 2-1 on Tuesday night, ending the Tigers right-hander's
chance to become just the second pitcher to open a season with a
I hate Jon Lester, I always have hated Jon Lester. You can go back through the archives of this blog and find all my anti-Jon Lester rants and raves. Part of that comes from the fan-base that widely overuses the word “ace” when it comes to baseball and calling Jon Lester an “ace” for a couple of years now. Jon Lester isn’t an “ace” and never has been an “ace”. Kershaw...
Though most players avoided admitting it, Tuesday night’s game felt like postseason baseball at Fenway Park.
The matchup featured not only the best two teams in the American League in the Red Sox and Tigers, but also the star of each team’s respective pitching staff.
It has been said that this year’s edition of the Boston Red Sox is built for the regular season, but ill-suited...
If you wanted to know why Max Scherzer was not able to win his 20th game of the season Tuesday night, just look at the box score.
When Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera (back in the lineup after missing three straight games), Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez go a combined 3-for-16 (.188) with zero RBIs, it's probably not going to be your night.
Scherzer pitched extremely well...
Typically, the Fenway Faithful are responsible for belting out the words to “Sweet Caroline” during the middle of the eighth inning, but a few members of the Detroit Tigers couldn’t help themselves from joining in on Monday afternoon.
Holding a three-run lead against the Red Sox, the Tigers were feeling upbeat about their day, and they chose to commemorate the occasion with...
The Red Sox open a four-game series with the increasingly irrelevant Evil Empire tonight, sending Jake Peavy to the mound to face Ivan Nova. On Friday, Felix Doubront will take to the hill against fellow left-hander Andy "HGH" Pettitte. On Saturday afternoon, John Lackey will take on someone named David Huff and Sunday afternoon's match-up will feature Jon Lester against...
Max Scherzer will have to make at least one more start before reaching 20 victories.
Boston's Jon Lester outdueled Scherzer as the Red Sox edged Detroit 2-1 on Tuesday night, ending the Tigers right-hander's chance to become just the second pitcher to open a season with a 20-1 record.
''We've got two of the top teams in the American League. We've got great...
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The Detroit Tigers have played the Chicago Cubs four times in their postseason history yet somehow have yet to face the Red Sox in the playoffs. Think about that. If Bovada oddsmakers are correct, there will be a Tigers-Red Sox matchup in the American League Championship Series next month. Detroit is the +150 AL pennant favorite with Boston second at +300.
It’s now all but a lock...
Jacoby Ellsbury has some good numbers against Detroit Tigers ace and Cy Young favorite Max Scherzer. However, when Scherzer takes the Fenway Park mound Tuesday night, the first batter he see will not be Ellsbury.
Instead, Shane Victorino will lead off for the Red Sox in the second game of a three-game set with the Central-leading Tigers. As of Tuesday afternoon, it’s unclear why...