Porcello, Red Sox focused on improving vs. Tigers

Apr 10, 2017, 00:58
Porcello, Red Sox focused on improving vs. Tigers

After righty Jordan Zimmermann allowed an early run, Iglesias evened the score with an estimated 432-foot home run to leftfield in the third inning. Through the first two games of the year, the catcher with a.260 career batting average has five hits in his first eight at bats. Iglesias, who was 0-for-12 entering the game, made his first hit of the season a big one as he drilled a 94 miles per hour fastball into the left-field stands.

Francisco Rodriguez earned the win despite blowing the save for Detroit.

Mookie Betts returned from the flu and walked twice in his first game since Opening Day.

"You wait all spring and you're excited to get out there and you don't want to have a bomb in the first start, so it was definitely good to get the first one out of the way", said Zimmermann, modest but satisfied.

Tyler Collins led the Tigers with two hits in the game, while Justin Upton had two walks for the second consecutive day.

That kick-started a four-run frame that made a victor of reliever Matt Barnes, who returned from the bereavement list to pitch two scoreless innings in support of starter Rick Porcello, who danced in and out of danger over his six-plus innings, allowing 11 hits and four runs.

Mikie Mahtook got a good jump on the ball and held Moreland to a single.

In the ninth, Bradley appeared hurt when he hit a flyout to left, rounded first and went down holding his right knee. All was well. Until the flight was canceled and he was told he couldn't get another direct flight to Detroit (or one out of Orlando) until Monday.

"His flight got canceled last night", Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said before the game.

Ryan said he took a auto service from central OH to Detroit.

Pablo Sandoval's 2016 was the nadir of his career: The Red Sox third baseman played in three games, reached base once in seven plate appearances, and went to the season-ending DL after a shoulder surgery, although he was visibly overweight by his standards and once broke his belt while taking a cut.

"I was just trying to put up zeroes", he said.

Detroit Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos is congratulated by Ian Kinsler after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Detroit.

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (forearm strain) threw Saturday and is on track to start Tuesday against Baltimore.

Fulmer didn't make his major league debut until April 29 past year, so pitching in Detroit at the start of the season will be new to him. Deven Marrero and Steve Selsky may get their chance to take an at-bat or play the field for the first time this season.