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Tigers today: Justin Verlander, Chris Sale meet in nationally televised battle

Tigers today: Justin Verlander, Chris Sale meet in nationally televised battle

With the game tied, Bradley Jr. hit a high shot off of Detroit reliever Alex Wilson over Detroit's bullpen and into the stands to give the Red Sox a 5-3 lead.

That was all they'd score in the inning, and it was all that would be scored until the top half of the fifth. Bradley also drove in a run with a single in the fourth.

Mike Mahtook (3-for-5, two RBIs), Jose Iglesias (1-for-4, two RBIs) and James McCann (1-for-4, RBI) have all homered off of Pomeranz.

Pomeranz has been on a tear recently, as he's given up just five earned runs in his last 22 innings of work and has given up just two runs in each of his last four home starts.

Mitch Moreland also scored on Bradleys homer after driving in the tying run with a single to right after Xander Bogaerts leadoff single, a blooper that landed in shallow right. He was hit on the leg by a 111 miles per hour liner off the bat of Bogaerts in the first inning but stayed in, manager Brad Ausmus saying, "It's tough to shake him off the mound". "The first half went to us". “We had just lost two on the road so we definitely wanted to start things off right back at home.

The Red Sox came right back in the bottom half of the seventh and they stopped playing around. Entering play Friday, Boston sits at 32-27, good for second place in the AL East.

Moreland broke up the tie in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run double, his 18th of the season. "Unless his leg's severed, he's not coming out". “We just battled, never quit and continued to grind out at-bats trying to create some opportunities.”.

Boston recalled left-hander Brian Johnson from Triple-A Pawtucket and started him against the Tigers on Friday. The Tigers have won all five previous games, four of them when Sale was with the Chicago White Sox, Verlander going 2-0 and Sale 0-2. Smith has not pitched in a game since undergoing Tommy John surgery last season, but he is expected to start a minor-league rehab assignment soon.

Tigers LHP Daniel Norris (2-4, 4.48 ERA) is set to start the nationally-televised series finale Sunday night against LHP Drew Pomeranz (6-3, 4.02), who looks to extend his career-best three-game winning streak.

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia returned to the lineup after a stint on the 10-day DL with a sprained left wrist.

But as dominant as he has been in his career, his teams had yet to win a game when Justin Verlander got the start on the other side. The Red Sox optioned 1B Sam Travis and RHP Brandon Workman to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Chris Sale finally knows what it feels like to get a win against the Detroit Tigers when he's facing their ace Justin Verlander. Norris is 2-4 with a 4.48 ERA on the season and he hasn't earned a win since May 1.


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