Found April 05, 2012 on Fenway West:
Here is today's Opening Day lineup vs. Justin Verlander and the Tigers: Ellsbury CFPedroia 2BGonzalez 1BOrtiz DHYoukilis 3BSweeney RFRoss LFSaltalamacchia CAviles SS Lester SP Game time is at 1:05pm EST. The game will be carried on NESN and ESPN2 Play Ball!

Verlander picks up where he left off

DETROIT He has two no-hitters, a MVP award and a Cy Young. Theres not much Justin Verlander hasnt done in his six-plus years in the big leagues. But hed never won on Opening Day, and he still hasnt despite a dominant performance Thursday against the Boston Red Sox. Verlander picked up right where he left off during his magical 2011 season, allowing only two hits while pitching...

Justin Verlander proves he eats Taco Bell night before starts (Picture)

We all know professional athletes have weird rituals and superstitions. For whatever reason, that is especially true for baseball players. When a starting pitcher tells us he loads up on In-N-Out Burger or eats fast food the night before a start, we typically take their word for it. But just in case you didn’t believe Justin Verlander when he said he eats Taco Bell the night before...

Justin Verlander tweets pic of standard night-before-game Taco Bell feast

First mentioned during an interview on Conan in January, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander provided photographic evidence on Wednesday night that his earlier disclosure that the traditional night-before-game meal is Taco Bell, proving not only was it a tried-and-true practice for the Cy Young Award winner last season but that it continues to this day. [...]

Verlander Goes Eight, Tigers Win!

The Detroit Tigers started off their much anticipated 2012 season on Thursday afternoon, facing off against a Boston Red Sox team trying to put any remains of the 2011 season behind them. The game would feature a battle of two aces: Justin Verlander against the southpaw Jon Lester. Verlander, looked to come of the gate strong in 2012 to defend both his AL MVP and AL Cy Young. Verlander...

What Does F12 Really Mean?

As previously defined, the Factor12 Rating (F12) is an analytic measurement utilizing league average performance to compare the value of all MLB pitchers. In laymen’s terms, F12 is a pitcher rating that takes all aspects of pitching into account. It produces a number on a scale of 0.000-infinity (theoretically), where the average pitcher’s value is 24.000. For example, Justin...

MLB awards preview: AL Cy Young

Last season, Justin Verlander destroyed all competition in the race for the AL Cy Young, and won the award unanimously after a dominant season. Maybe someone else should have at least gotten one vote, but you really couldn't argue against Verlander without sounding a little bit silly. He's looking to repeat in 2012. Favorites: Justin Verlander, come on down. With the Tigers...

How Many Games Will the Red Sox Win This Season?

It's finally here. The 2012 Boston Red Sox season will get underway on Thursday in Detroit, and the many questions surrounding this ballclub will finally begin to be answered. Jon Lester will toe the rubber for the Sox against reigning MVP Justin Verlander, and the Red Sox will certainly not have an easy go of things in their first outing. However, there are 161 others to be...

Velocity Boy(s)

Justin Verlander throws pretty fast.But so does Josh Beckett.Doug Fister (pictured), who starts for Detroit tomorrow, also brings the heat.It's going to be 61 degrees in Detroit tomorrow. Not bad for April, but when the pitches are in the 90s and the air is in the 60s, you have to feel for the hitters.

Daily Notes - It's the most...Wonderful time....of the year...

The other day I tweeted the Marlins vs. Cardinals game on Wednesday was the soup and salad to the M's vs. A's series appetizer to Thursday's main course. I was asked if Friday would be seconds or desert. I haven't decided yet. I do know that yesterday was a pitching buffet. The scores from yesterdays games more closely resembled matches from the English Premiership...

MLB awards preview: AL MVP

The field for all of the awards this season is wide open. Over the next two days, I'm going to look at some of the top contenders for each of the three major awards in both leagues. Right now: the AL MVP award. Last season, Justin Verlander won the AL MVP (as well as the Cy Young award), a rare win for a pitcher. Verlander's 7 win season (which actually, isn't the highest...

Red Sox rally against Valverde but fall in 9th

Jon Lester matched Justin Verlander for most of the day, and the Boston Red Sox even scored a couple runs off Jose Valverde. It wasn't enough. Austin Jackson hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Detroit Tigers overcame Valverde's blown save to beat the Red Sox 3-2 in Thursday's opener. Jon Lester pitched seven solid innings, but Boston...

Which Red Sox Pitcher Will Lead the Team in Wins This Season?

The Red Sox still have one of the best offenses in all of baseball. Even as their season came crashing down last year, they continued to hit. Where they ultimately fell short, however, was on the mound. As the Boston pitching fell apart, so did the team. That's not to say the Sox don't have a talented rotation, though. Far from it actually. Look no further than Opening Day...

Red Sox @ Tigers : Boston Red Sox open season in Detroit

  Jon Lester will get the ball to open the 2012 Red Sox season Games Thursday, April 5th, 2012 1:05 EST: Red Sox (Lester) @ Tigers (Verlander) Saturday, April 7th, 2012 4:05 EST: Red Sox (Becket) @ Tigers (Fister) Sunday, April 8th, 2012 1:05 EST: Red Sox (Buchholz) @ Tigers (Scherzer) The Red Sox open up their campaign to erase the memories of the 2012 season in Detroit against...

Opening Day Matchups

Ace Matchup of the Day: Jon Lester vs. Justin Verlander Two of the best pitchers in the game go head-to-head against two of the best offenses in the game. Intriguing Matchup of the Day: Tommy Hanson vs. Johan Santana Two pitchers who are coming back from injury. Santana had major shoulder surgery and hasn’t pitched a big league game since September 2, 2010. Hanson also had shoulder...
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