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Tigers-Red Sox Preview

Aug 10, 2009 - 5:23 AM By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer

Detroit (58-51) at Boston (62-47), 7:10 p.m. EDT

Returning home to face the Detroit Tigers might be what the Boston Red Sox need to help end their longest losing streak of the season.

Fresh off being swept by their biggest rivals, the reeling Red Sox look to avoid a seventh straight loss while trying to continue their recent success over the Tigers on Monday night.

Boston (62-48) opened its nine-game road trip by sweeping Baltimore, but then dropped two at Tampa Bay and were swept in four by the New York Yankees after falling 5-2 on Sunday for its sixth straight loss.

The Red Sox, who haven't lost seven in a row since a nine-game skid from Aug. 25-Sept. 4, 2001, are 6 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees in the AL East and tied with Texas in the wild-card standings after going 8-14 since the All-Star break.

Victor Martinez's two-run homer in the eighth inning Sunday snapped a 31-inning scoreless streak and gave Boston a 2-1 lead before the Yankees scored four in the bottom of the frame. The Red Sox are batting .174 while being outscored 35-14 during the losing skid.

"I think that everybody feels the weight of, you know, not scoring enough runs," Red Sox left fielder Jason Bay said.

This four-game set against Detroit (59-51), however, could help turn things around for the Red Sox.

"We're excited to head back home and start fresh," Boston's Dustin Pedroia said.

Boston outscored Detroit 21-9 in sweeping a three-game road set from June 2-4, and has won four in a row and seven of eight between the clubs. Though the Tigers have won seven of 11 and own a three-game lead in the AL Central, they've dropped four of five at Fenway Park.

"They're definitely going to come out and try to do some damage."catcher Gerald Laird told the Tigers' official Web site of the Red Sox.

Boston should have struggling slugger David Ortiz in the starting lineup after he pinch-hit Sunday, one day after he told a press conference that he never knowingly used steroids.

Though Ortiz is batting .219, he's 6 for 14 with a homer against Detroit starter Edwin Jackson (8-5, 2.62).

Jackson's enjoyed an All-Star season, but is 2-4 with a 5.56 ERA in eight starts against Boston, including an 0-4 record and 7.67 ERA in five at Fenway.

The right-hander might not be too concerned about his past there after giving up two runs and three hits while striking out eight in eight innings to earn the victory in a 4-2 win over Baltimore on Wednesday.

"It's nothing new to pitch against Boston," Jackson said. "You have to be aggressive. You have to stay with your game plan, regardless of what they do."

While the Red Sox look to revive their offense, they hope Brad Penny (7-6, 5.20) can avoid losing a third straight start after allowing five runs - off three homers - in six innings of a 6-4 loss at Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

The right-hander, who has a 9.82 ERA in his last two starts, is 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA against the Tigers.

Detroit's Placido Polanco and Miguel Cabrera are each batting .364 against Penny.

Cabrera, who has three homers in 11 lifetime at-bats versus Penny, hit his 23rd while Polanco drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning single to help give Detroit an 8-7 victory over Minnesota on Sunday.

"Every win is big for us now," said Cabrera, who is a lifetime .196 hitter against Boston despite his success versus Penny.

Polanco is batting .396 with six RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak.






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    Tigers 5, Red Sox 6  Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 10 10:27 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY NICK GREEN SCORED J.D. DREW
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C KOTCHMAN ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    BOSTON 6 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J ELLSBURY (.301, 2-FOR-4)

    Tigers 5, Red Sox 6  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 10 10:05 PM
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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MARCUS THAMES SCORED PLACIDO POLANCO
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M THAMES ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 5
    BOSTON 5 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.329, 0-FOR-1, BB, HBP)

    Tigers 5, Red Sox 5  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 10 9:52 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PLACIDO POLANCO SCORED GERALD LAIRD
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P POLANCO ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 4
    BOSTON 5 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M THAMES (.254, 0-FOR-2, SF, RBI)

    Tigers 4, Red Sox 5  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 10 9:48 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JASON BAY (22) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF FU-TE NI.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 3, BOSTON 5
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: C KOTCHMAN (.182, 1-FOR-2)

    Tigers 3, Red Sox 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 10 9:04 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MARCUS THAMES SCORED CURTIS GRANDERSON
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 3
    BOSTON 4 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.330, 0-FOR-0, BB, HBP)

    Tigers 3, Red Sox 4  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 10 8:55 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRANDON INGE SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B INGE ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 2
    BOSTON 4 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: G LAIRD (.231, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers 2, Red Sox 4  Top 4, 0 OutsAug 10 8:35 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY MAGGLIO ORDONEZ SCORED MIGUEL CABRERA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M ORDONEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 1
    BOSTON 4 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: B INGE (.251, 0-FOR-1)

    Tigers 1, Red Sox 4  Top 4, 0 OutsAug 10 8:33 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAVID ORTIZ SCORED JACOBY ELLSBURY
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D ORTIZ ON FIRST, K YOUKILIS ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 0
    BOSTON 4 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J DREW (.252, 1-FOR-1)

    Tigers 0, Red Sox 4  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 10 8:08 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NICK GREEN (6) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF EDWIN JACKSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 0, BOSTON 3
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J ELLSBURY (.301, 1-FOR-1)

    Tigers 0, Red Sox 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 10 7:56 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY DUSTIN PEDROIA (9) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF EDWIN JACKSON SCORED JACOBY ELLSBURY.
    CURRENT SCORE: DETROIT 0, BOSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: V MARTINEZ (.287, 17 HR, 75 RBI)

    Tigers 0, Red Sox 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 10 7:28 PM
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