American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, September 4th
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Tigers (81-58) at Boston Red Sox (83-57), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Rick Porcello (11-7, 4.44)
Boston - Ryan Dempster (7-9, 4.75)
(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox hope to have outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury
back in the lineup on Wednesday when they play the rubber match of a three-
game series with the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park.
Ellsbury missed Tuesday's contest because of a sore left thumb, but Boston
didn't miss him, as Jon Lester outdueled and outlasted Max Scherzer, while
Will Middlebrooks drove in the tying and winning runs in the Red Sox' 2-1
Lester (13-8) scattered eight hits and one run, while notching a season high
by fanning nine Detroit batters over seven full frames to earn his third win
in four starts.
"We all knew who we were facing tonight and what he's done," Lester said of
his opponent. "I have to worry about the other nine guys in the lineup."
Koji Uehara turned in a perfect ninth to earn his 17th save.
Scherzer (19-2) has been snakebitten ever since the Aug. 24 win which put him
one away from a milestone and was charged with 13 hits and seven earned runs
over 12-plus innings in two starts since then. On Tuesday, he pitched into
the eighth, allowing five hits and a pair of runs with three walks and eight
"Lester just outpitched me," the unlucky Scherzer admitted.
Jonny Gomes collected two hits and scored a run for the Red Sox, who rebounded
from Monday's 3-0 loss to win for the eighth time in their last 10 games.
Jose Iglesias knocked in the only run for the Tigers, who have lost two of
three after winning three in a row. Miguel Cabrera returned to the lineup
after missing three games with abdominal pain, but was 0-for-4
Heading to the hill for the Red Sox on Wednesday will be righty Ryan Dempster,
who picked up his first win since July 27 his last time out. Dempster beat the
Chicago White Sox on Friday, holding them to three runs and five hits in 6 1/3
frames to run his record to 7-9 on the year to go along with a 4.75 ERA.
Dempster hasn't faced the Tigers since 2006 and they are one of two major
league teams he has not defeated. The New York Yankees are the other.
Detroit, meanwhile, will counter with righty Rick Porcello, who has won seven
of his last eight decisions. Porcello's latest win came on Friday against
Cleveland, as he allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings to run his
record to 11-7, while lowering his ERA to 4.44.
A win from Porcello on Wednesday would give Detroit five starters with at
least 12 victories, something just three teams have boasted in the last 10
years (2011 Rangers, 2010 Rays, 2005 Cardinals).
Detroit has won four of six against the Red Sox this season, but has lost
nine of 13 at Fenway since the start of 2010.
09/04 10:36:15 ET