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It wasn’t the most graceful play of the MLB season, but it was impressive nonetheless — especially for a former catcher.
Victor Martinez, playing first base, knocked down a scorching grounder off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury with a diving stop. He got to his feet, barehanded the baseball, dove forward and flipped the ball back to pitcher Drew Smyly for the out.
Ellsbury gave his former teammate some props, tapping Martinez on the back as the Red Sox center fielder jogged back to the dugout. Had the Tigers’ regular first baseman, Prince Fielder, attempted to make the same play, Boston may have felt the ground shake from the repeated falls.
Check out Martinez’s highlight reel play in the video below.
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Daniel Nava was burned by a controversial call late in the Detroit Tigers’ 7-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. The two teams were tied at four in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Detroit’s Avisail Garcia lifted a flyball to the warning track in right. Nava drifted back, then appeared to make a basket catch, before dropping the ball as he readied to throw it back into...
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Will Middlebrooks (left) has been demoted to Pawtucket, while Jose Iglesias is staying put (Getty Images)
Another day, another twist in the ongoing Red Sox saga at the hot corner.
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So much for using Andrew Bailey in low-pressure situations.
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Detroit Tigers: 42-32, 1st Place (3.5 ahead of Cleveland).
Yes, the Tigers are lucky to play in the Central. But if they were playing in the East, they would be in 2nd, only 2 games out of first, behind Boston, from whom they just took 3-of-4. Of course, that was at home. But if the Tigers could figure out how to step up their road game, they could be as good as anybody.
It seemed inevitable, and it happened. Will Middlebrooks has been optioned to Pawtucket due to terrible offensive numbers this season.
The Red Sox have optioned third baseman Will Middlebrooks to Triple A
Pawtucket and purchased the contract of infielder Brandon Snyder.
Middlebrooks is hitting .192 this season with a .617 OPS and lost his
position to Jose Iglesias...
Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz is planning to see Dr. James Andrews for a lingering neck strain that's had him on the disabled list since early June.
Manager John Farrell made the announcement before Sunday night's game against the New York Yankees. He said the 28-year old Buchholz was expected to be on the field throwing when the team took batting practice, but he was...
DETROIT (AP) -- Max Scherzer won his 11th straight decision to start the season and Victor Martinez hit a first-inning grand slam to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 10-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.
Scherzer (11-0) allowed two runs in the first, including a towering solo homer by David Ortiz, but Martinez's drive put the Tigers ahead to stay.
The Tigers used another late comeback Sunday afternoon to defeat the Red Sox 7-5 from Comerica Park taking the weekend four game series 3 games to 1.
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That was awful...again.
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Most of the time, umpire error has minor significance on the outcome of an MLB game. This is not once of those instances.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Red Sox and Tigers were all knotted up at 4-4. Avisail Garcia led off the inning by skying a fly ball deep to right field. Daniel Nava camped under it and pulled the ball in basket style. As he was taking the baseball out...
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