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Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Verlander, Sale duel before Castellanos lifts Tigers


With the Red Sox as shorthanded as they are (in addition to the sick, shortstop Xander Bogaerts is on the three-day bereavement list), Holt had little choice but to play Friday even though he says he was "still not feeling that great". Here's what the batting order will look like for the Red Sox this afternoon.

The Red Sox rallied four times from one-run deficits, finally taking the lead against the Detroit bullpen. We know how people feel. "We have a number of guys that aren't 100 percent, but there's a lot of fight in this group". Hanley Ramirez has played just two games because of it, and Mookie Betts returned to the lineup Sunday after the flu kept him out for nearly a week.

Leon followed with a line drive to center, and Boston led 6-4. "We expect him to be a guy who can pitch behind (Justin Verlander)".

By the time he came up again eight batters later, the bases were loaded and the game had changed - and Pujols came through again to keep an incredible comeback rolling.

It was Sandy Leon - the Red Sox' unlikely offensive juggernaut this first week of the season - who delivered the big blow with a go-ahead, two-run single. Hes converted 21 chances in a row.

The first inning was a quick 1-2-3 frame that included an impressive strikeout of Miguel Cabrera.

Shane Greene got two outs in the seventh, then put two on before striking out Brock Holt to end the threat. However this is a great price with the defending AL Cy Young victor against a Tigers' pitcher in Norris who has gotten throttled by Boston in his career.

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Speaking of the veteran starting pitcher, Jordan Zimmermann started things on the right foot on Saturday. "I'm ready for them to bring in this lefty.' Good". Vince Velasquez (0-1) struck out 10, but allowed four runs in four innings.

Upton put the Tigers up 1-0 with an RBI single in the first.

"You'd rather hold on to a four-run lead in the last couple innings, but we'll take a win any way we can get it". Nick Castellanos chased Porcello with a leadoff homer in the seventh after the Red Sox had scored a run to tie the game at 3-3.

Kyle Schwarber and Ben Zobrist hit home runs and Jake Arrieta threw seven strong innings, as the Chicago Cubs took the series from the Milwaukee Brewers with a 7-3 victory.

True, there was more stumbling than a runner on a chipped-up sidewalk but the relief staff Dombrowski largely built when he was general manager of the Detroit Tigers came out on top of the one he has fashioned as president of the Boston Red Sox. Drew Pomeranz will return from the DL to make his first start of the season on Sunday. But what the Detroit bullpen had squandered, the Boston relievers quickly gave back.

"I've never seen anything go through a clubhouse like this", said Moreland, who flew to Boston ahead of his teammates before the Red Sox broke camp last week.

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