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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

You're not going anywhere with no pitching

The Detroit Tigers (14-20) had a nightmarish, 0-7 start to the season. They recovered somewhat but now they've lost five in a row.

The Red Sox (22-13) conversely have won five in a row thanks to outstanding starting pitching.

Boston won 6-3 on Monday despite Dice-K's (5-0) eight walks while Tim Wakefield spun a gem last night as the Sox won 5-0. Dice-K couldn't find the plate and threw 108 pitches in five innings yet still picked up the win.

Craig Hanson (who was recalled Monday) gave up two runs and two walks in 1.2 innings.

On Monday, Mike Lowell had a big game (3 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) including a two-run homer off Jeremy Bonderman (2-3). Kevin Youkilis also added a two-run homer while David Ortiz (who is suddenly swinging a hot bat) hit a solo shot off Todd Jones in the ninth.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched a clean ninth for his 10th save of the season.

Wakefield (3-1) threw eight scoreless innngs of two-hit ball with six strikeouts. Mike Timlin pitched a scoreless ninth.

Manny (3 hits) and Ortiz hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning. Kevin Youkilis had two doubles and Kevin Cash had three hits.

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