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Thursday, June 4, 2009
There's only one legit pro team in Detroit and it ain't the Tigers
How shitty is the American League this year? Even in the beginning of June, all signs are pointing to the Red Sox and Yankees being the only two powerhouse teams that will probably meet once again in the ALCS.
The Rangers lead the West and the Tigers lead the Central but as we've seen the last two nights, Detroit is not particularly good. Granted, we have been lucky to miss the rejuvenated Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson (who's been outstanding this season).
Boston (31-22) won 10-5 last night in a game where Josh Beckett (6-2) no-hit Detroit (28-23) until there were two outs in the seventh and Curtis Granderson (2 hits, 3 RBIs) singled to right.
Beckett's stuff was filthy. He lasted 7.2 innings and gave up only three unearned runs. He allowed just two hits, two walks and struck out nine in a 119-pitch outing that was almost as manly as the picture of him above.
The Red Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first when J.D. Drew hit his 200th home run of his career, a two-run shot that scored Dustin Pedroia (2 runs, 2 hits).
Boston added two more in the fifth including an RBI double by Nick Green.
With six more runs in the eighth, the Sox put it away. Kevin Youkilis (2 hits, walk) started the barrage with an RBI double. Then David Ortiz and Jason Varitek both followed with two-run doubles of their own.
Detroit made it somewhat interesting in the eighth and ninth as they scored five in the eighth and had the tying run on deck in the ninth. Granderson had the big hit, a bases-clearing triple.
Tim Wakefield faces Dontrelle Willis this afternoon as Boston goes for its first road sweep (in a series over two games) of the season, in the last game of this long road trip.