The Red Sox and Tigers split their doubleheader on Sunday.
Boston took 3-out-of-4 against Detroit. They're 1 game up on the Yankees - 1st place in the AL East.
In Game 1 Boston and Detroit exchanged homers. Dustin Pedroia and Mike Cameron went deep for Beantown. Andy Dirks and Brennan Boesch went deep for Motown.
The score was tied 3-3 in the 9th when Big Papi came in to pinch hit for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Large Father took closer Jose Valverde deep for a 4-3 Boston win...
The HBWHOF went to the ballpark for Game 2. I couldn't miss a showdown between Josh Beckett and Justin Verlander!
The Tigers won 3-0.
Do ya think Verlander wanted this one? He threw a career-high 132 pitches!
Verlander went 7 2/3 shutout innings, allowed 4 hits, 2 walks and added
Beckett pitched 6 innings, allowed 5 hits, 5 walks, 2 runs and added 5 Ks.
"Beckett's stuff was up in the first inning, and he gave up a couple runs. After that, Verlander never gave us a chance. He's one of the best in baseball. We made him work, but the higher he got into the pitch count, the harder he threw."
- Red Sox manager Terry Francona
Some pics from the game - HBWHOF style...
This ad is directly over the urinal in the men's washroom at Leo's Coney Island at Comerica Park. "Success is in your hand."
Have you ever watched HUNG? Great show! The best Motor City intro EVER!!
The Ren Cen, Joe Louis' fist, Hart Plaza fountain, Lafayette Coney Island, the People Mover, FOX Theatre, Woodward Avenue...just awesome!!!
FRONT ROOOOOW - SECTION 114 - LOTSA FOUL BALLS FROM BOSTON'S LEFT HANDED BATTERS...
OH WELL, YOU CAN'T WIN EVERY GAME...