Posted June 20, 2013 on AP on Fox
Detroit's Jose Alvarez was impressive on the mound in his major league debut. Now, he'll get a crack at baseball's best offense. Alvarez takes the ball Thursday night as the Tigers host the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a four-game series. Alvarez (1-0, 1.50 ERA) gave up one run and three hits while striking out seven over six innings in a 4-1 win over Cleveland on June 9. Detroit (39-31) purchased the 24-year-old's contract from Triple-A for that start in place of the injured Anibal Sanchez, then sent him back to the minors afterward. But with Sanchez landing on the disabled list Monday with a strained shoulder, Alvarez has been recalled for another start. The left-hander took a no-hitter into the fifth against the Indians. "You certainly had to like his demeanor and his mound presence. I thought it was terrific," manager Jim Leyland said. "He didn't appear to be overwhelmed by anything." His second big league start likely won't get any easier against the Red Sox (44-30), ...
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