Found May 29, 2012 on
Sounds the trumpets!
Roll out the carpet!
Bring forth your finest foodwares!
The Red Sox have finally pushed past .500, in perhaps the most unlikely game to do so. Going up against reigning AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, with 600 guys on the DL, and the lowly Daniel Bard on the mound, Boston managed to sneak past Detroit 6-3.
Bard only lasted 5 1/3 innings, scattering five hits and a couple of walks to go along with two solo home runs. He seemed to offer a few different looks on the mound. There was some discussion on Twitter that Bard was using a different windup -- a modified version of pitching from the stretch. I noticed that his leg kick was more pronounced than usual; perhaps that was part of it. There were also a couple of occasions where Jerry Remy pointed out that Bard was dipping down to a 3/4 delivery. It seemed to me that he threw fastballs when he did that -- maybe it was a way to get more velocity.
Meanwhile, the Sox offense got to Verlander early and often. They managed 10 hits off the stud righty, with the key one coming in the bottom of the 4th. Daniel Nava came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs, and Verlander fell behind. He was getting too cute with offspeed stuff, so on 3-1 he reared back and tossed a four-seamer right down the pike, 99 mph. Nava swung right through it, so everyone knew what was coming on the payoff pitch. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Nava also knew more heat was coming, and used an inside-out swing to hit the 100-mph fastball to the wall, bringing in all three runs.
The Sox never looked back, as David Ortiz provided an RBI double, and later, a home run, to give them a bit of a cushion. Bobby V used five relievers to cover the rest of the game; Andrew Miller was the only to surrender a run. Alfredo Aceves got the save in the 9th after a brief rain delay halted the game.
So no Dustin Pedroia, but the Sox were able to do just fine. Beyond Papi, Scott Podsednik was the only Sox batter to have multiple hits, but the team collected 11 in all.
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With another round of interleague play on the horizon — Detroit will be in Cincinnati a week from Friday to play the Reds in a three-game series — Tigers ace Justin Verlander took some rips with the lumber during batting practice before Wednesday’s tilt with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Before we go [...]
Justin Verlander has looked like the best pitcher in baseball for a few years now. This season, the flame-throwing right-hander appears to be confusing hitters even more than usual. The confusion began on Opening Day when verlander threw eight scoreless innings in a 3-2 win against the Red Sox. The reigning AL MVP and Cy Young award winner has continued his dominance since, but Verlander...
Justin Verlander is a no-hit pitcher. But he's also a no-hit hitter. It's like he's pitching to himself almost. In his career during interleague play, Verlander is 0-for-20 with 13 strikeouts and his seven other outs weren't exactly results of bad luck.
But Verlander is trying to change that. It's no secret around Detroit that he desperately wants to get his first...
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Red Sox (24-24)
Pitching: Daniel Bard (4-5, 4.69)
Pitching: Justin Verlander (5-2, 2.15)
Daniel Nava (pictured) ripped a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the 4th inning, and Daniel Bard threw 5 reasonably strong innings as the Red Sox shaved the Detroit Tigers 6-3 at Fenway Park. Bard pitched one out into the 6th inning in recording his 5th win of the season. He allowed 2 runs on a pair of solo home runs by Jhonny Peralta and Prince Fielder. He struck out 4...
The Sox had another chance to finally get over 500, however they would have to go through Justin Verlander to do it. And they would have to do it without Dustin Pedroia who was out of the lineup. Daniel Bard took the mound for the Sox and with one of his best outings of the year, the Sox did just that. Verlander didn't have his best stuff and the Sox bats took advantage...
8 a.m. ET: After squandering their last four chances to go above .500, the Red Sox (24-24) will have another shot against the Tigers (23-25). But it'll be a tough task, considering the Red Sox will go up against 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander. Through 10 starts, Verlander is 5-2 with a 2.15 ERA and seven strikeouts. The last time the Red Sox...
BOSTON (AP) -- David Ortiz homered and hit two doubles, and the Boston Red Sox moved above .500 for the first time this season, tagging Justin Verlander for 10 hits in a 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
Verlander (5-3) lost his second straight start since taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning against Pittsburgh on May 18. The reigning American League MVP and...
Whenever Justin Verlander takes the mound for the Detroit Tigers, it's an event. He's so good that in any given start, he could possibly throw a no-hitter. Fortunately for the Boston Red Sox, that wasn't the case on Wednesday night in their 6-3 win.
And it was the bat of Daniel Nava that was the big difference in that win.
Nava came up in the 4th inning with the bases...
Daniel Nava was in just his second game atop the Red Sox lineup, and the career minor leaguer was forced to leadoff the game against the reigning AL MVP and Cy Young award winner. Justin Verlander made quick work of Nava the first time through the order, inducing the outfielder into a slow-rolling ground out to third base. But after working a walk his next time at the dish, Nava...
The Red Sox are finally above .500. That's hardly enough to get most Boston fans excited at this time of year, but considering where the team stood at the beginning of the season, it's actually quite impressive. The Sox even got to Tigers ace Justin Verlander on Tuesday night despite a banged-up lineup, and then picked up another victory on Wednesday. But before Thursday...
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...
This week’s AL two-starters features the reigning Cy Young/MVP as well as Detroit’s other ace.
Here are the AL two-start pitchers and other favorable matchups for Week 9:
Justin Verlander: 5/29 @ BOS; 6/3 vs NYY – Verlander is a must-start in all leagues, even when facing these guys
Jered Weaver: 5/28 vs NYY; 6/3 vs TEX – had one bad start...
BOSTON -- Daniel Nava hit a three-run double, and the Boston Red Sox pounded Detroit ace Justin Verlander to move above .500 for the first time this season, beating the Tigers 6-3 Tuesday night. It was the 13th win in 18 games for the steadily climbing Red Sox (25-24), who remain last in the AL East but are just 3 1/2 games out of first place. Prince Fielder had a solo homer...