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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. Your browser does not support iframes.

Routine fly ball ends up costing Red Sox game

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...

Verlander encounters his giant bobblehead

Your browser does not support iframes.Some baseball fans would consider Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander to be larger than life.After all, the man did win both the American League Cy Young Award and MVP Award in the same season in 2011, a feat that hadn't been accomplished by a pitcher since Dennis Eckersley did so in 1992.On Saturday, Verlander may have met his match, though...

Verlander unlikely to pitch in All-Star Game… if he’s even invited

After a strong start to the season, Tigers ace Justin Verlander has struggled over the better part of two months as his ERA has gone up to 3.90 after today with a WHIP of 1.38 in 97 innings pitched. So with that said there’s probably a good possibility that Verlander isn’t even invited to this year’s All-Star Game in New York City. However, if Verlander is invited (which is...

Middlebrooks puts on his PawSox: Iglesias stays put

Will Middlebrooks (left) has been demoted to Pawtucket, while Jose Iglesias is staying put (Getty Images) Jan-Christian Sorensen Contributing Writer Another day, another twist in the ongoing Red Sox saga at the hot corner. Tuesday afternoon, the Sox optioned struggling incumbent third baseman Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A Pawtucket, adding more security to Jose Iglesias’s tenure...

Game 2013.75: Angels at Tigers

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. The Tigers...

Your Morning Dump...where Farrell has a funny idea of rebuilding Bailey's confidence

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. So much for using Andrew Bailey in low-pressure situations. After blowing three saves in a 10-day span, Bailey was displaced from the Red Sox’ closer role last Friday, at which time manager John Farrell admitted...

Middlebrooks optioned to Pawtucket

AP Photo 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...

11-0 for Scherzer as Tigers rout Red Sox, 10-3

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. Martinez also...

Dr. Andrews to examine Buchholz

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...

Catching a break? Tigers take series against the Red Sox with the help of a controversial call (VIDEO)

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. Joaquin Benoit, the new anointed closer of the Tigers, picked up the win after going 1.1 innings in relief of Drew Smyly while Verlander experienced another shaky outing as he went five innings giving up four run in the no decision...

Four Real? Red Sox vs Tigers 6-23-13

Game 78: Poor Defense + bad bullpen = loss Boston just can't get it done right now. With closer Andrew Bailey blowing game one of the series, and poor pitching throughout the four games with Detroit, Boston has a lot of pitching planning to do if they want to stay at the top of the AL East. Boston lead in this afternoon's game until the seventh, and then things got out of...

Game 79: Rockies at Red Sox - Reminiscing about '07, Sox-Rox Battle

Ben Whitehead Contributing Writer Welcome home, Red Sox. The American League-leading Boston Red Sox (45-33) return to Fenway Park for nine-game home-stand and get it kicked off with an interleague matchup against the Colorado Rockies (39-38). The Sox and Rox clash at Fenway for the first time since the 2007 World Series, when the Red Sox swept the first two games on their way to...

Recap: Sox can't hold on lead, drop series

That was awful...again. The Sox traded early punches with the Tigers, then came out with a 4-3 lead in the 4th that lasted into the 7th. The Tigers tied it in the 7th, added 3 in the 8th, and Boston's 1 run in the 9th wasn't nearly enough, ending the final game at 7-5. The Sox looked terrible in the series. Blowing saves, leads, leaving men on base. It was especially frustrating...

Max Scherzer goes to 11-0

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John Farrell Ejected After Umpires Rule Daniel Nava Catch, Drop on Transfer as Error (Video)

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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