Red Sox at Tigers, 1:10 p.m.
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Red Sox lineup
Bradley Jr. CF
Pitching: RHP Steven Wright (13-6, 3.33 in 2016).
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Pitching: RHP Michael Fulmer (11-7, 3.06 in 2016).
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The outfield grass at Comerica Park was landscaped to pay tribute to the late Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch.
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Ramirez sidelined by flu
By Nick Cafardo
DETROIT – The flu bug has swept through sports teams throughout time.
It just seems the Red Sox have had more of their share early in the season. The latest victim was Hanley Ramirez, who was out of the Sox lineup along with Mookie Betts for Friday’s game against the Tigers.
Brock Holt, who had the flu, returned to be the team’s DH in a makeshift lineup that was the result of bereavement leave because of of deaths in the family of shortstop Xander Bogaerts and relief pitcher Matt Barnes.
First base coach Ruben Amaro Jr. also had to deal with the death of his father, Ruben Amaro Sr.
Robbie Ross Jr. was placed on the 10-day disabled list because he had influenza.
The Red Sox roster is in flux, yet they’ve been able to withstand and were 2-0 entering Friday’s contest.
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski took it all in stride, and said there’s now opportunity for others, including Marco Hernandez, who started Friday at shortstop – only his second major league start at short – and relievers like Noe Ramirez and Ben Taylor.
“We certainly get to see some of our other players and what they can do. It’s a great opportunity for them. We’d love to have everyone back and I think that should happen soon. But we’re dealing it with it and we have the personnel to be able to fill the spot and we feel they’re quality players,” Dombrowski said.
The closest thing to this was in 2008 when the Red Sox had a flu outbreak after the team had traveled to Japan, then Toronto, Red Sox manager John Farrell recalled.
“The game goes on,” Farrell said. “It’s not going to wait for anyone. This is an opportunity for others to step up and get some playing time. We’ll be fine. We’ll get through this.”
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Andrew Benintendi walked in the bottom of the first but Mitch Moreland flew out to end the inning. Red Sox 0, Tigers coming up
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Tigers take 1-0 lead in bottom of the first on Victor Martinez's sacrifice fly to left field. Ian Kinsler scored from third.
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End 1st: Tigers 1, Red Sox 0
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End 2nd: Tigers 1, Red Sox 0
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Middle 3: Tigers 1, Red Sox 0
Brock Holt hit an infield single and Dustin Pedroia followed with a single before Andrew Benintendi was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
But MItch Moreland struck out to end the threat.
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Steven Wright is making his first start of the season.
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End 3: Tigers 1, Red Sox 0
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End 4: Tigers 1, Red Sox 0
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Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera waits on the throw during a pickoff attempt on Boston Red Sox Andrew Benintendi during the first inning. (Carlos Osorio/AP)
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End 5: Tigers 1, Red Sox 0
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Through five innings, Red Sox have 4 hits, 0 errors. Tigers have 3 hits, 0 errors
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Tigers grab 2-0 lead after Castellanos tripled with one out in the sixth and was driven in by Victor Martinez.
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James McCann smacks two-run homer to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead. Steven Wright's day is done after 6 2/3 innings.
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The Red Sox finally get on the scoreboard in the eighth inning. They trail 4-1 with the tying run at the plate.
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Sox score another. Jackie Bradley Jr. singles to right field, scoring Mitch Moreland. Sox trail 4-2 with two men on and one out.
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Pablo Sandoval gives the Red Sox a 5-4 lead with a three-run opposite field homer in the eighth.
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After retiring the first two batters of the eighth inning, Heath Hembree walks a pair of batters and is pulled. Red Sox lead 5-4 with two outs in the bottom of the 8th.
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Robby Scott in to pitch for the Red Sox.
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Joe Kelly walks in the go-ahead run. Tigers lead 6-5 in the bottom of the eighth.
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Red Sox finally get out of the inning, trail 6-5 heading to the ninth.
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Chris Young popped up with runners on second and third to end the game. Tigers win, 6-5.
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