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Boston0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 5111
Detroit0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 371
  W: J. Lackey (7-4)   L: J. Chamberlain (1-3)   S: K. Uehara (12)
5:07 PM PT6:07 PM MT7:07 PM CT8:07 PM ET20:07 ET0:07 GMT8:07 5:07 PM MST7:07 PM EST7:37 PM VEN4:07 UAE (+1)7:07 PM CT, June 8, 2014
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 33,835

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According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers

  1. After their seven-game winning streak, the Red Sox were swept in three games by the Indians in their last series. In addition, dating back to last season, the Red Sox have lost seven out of their last 10 against the Tigers (regular season only).
  2. With their loss yesterday to the Blue Jays, the Tigers have lost five straight and 13 out of their last 17 games. The Tigers hadn't lost 13 out of 17 in a season since July/August of the 2010 season.
  3. In his career at Fenway Park, Victor Martinez has hit .316 and slugged .515 with 16 home runs and 85 RBI. In addition, Martinez has recorded a hit in 22 out of his last 23 games at Fenway.
  4. David Ortiz hit his 13th home run of the season in his last game against the Indians, going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Since joining the Red Sox prior to the 2003 season, Ortiz has hit 22 home runs against the Tigers, third most since then against Detroit among active players.
  5. Rubby De La Rosa pitched 7.0 shutout innings in his first start as a member of the Boston Red Sox on May 31 against the Rays, holding Tampa Bay to just four hits. In 11 career starts, De La Rosa is 4-5 (.444) with a 3.45 ERA.
  6. Drew Smyly will be making his second career start against the Red Sox today. In five career starts against the AL East, Smyly is 2-0 with a 3.33 ERA and .218 opponent batting average.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/6/2014 thru 6/8/2014


STATS Writer

(AP) -- A visit from the reigning world champions has woken up the Detroit Tigers' offense.

The Boston Red Sox could be in for more trouble in Sunday night's series finale, given John Lackey's rough recent history versus the Tigers.

Since losing last year's AL championship series to Boston in six games, Detroit has won all five regular-season meetings while outscoring the Red Sox 27-11. Fourteen of those runs for the Tigers (33-25) along with 29 hits have come in the first two games of this series, including an 8-6 victory Saturday. Detroit had previously totaled 10 runs while losing five straight overall.

Miguel Cabrera was 3 for 4 on Saturday with two doubles and Nick Castellanos homered while becoming the first Detroit rookie with three straight three-hit games since Rick Peters in 1980. Rookie Eugenio Suarez also homered for his first big-league hit.

Cabrera owns an OPS of 1.237 with 30 RBIs over his last 29 regular-season meetings with Boston.

Lackey (6-4, 3.28 ERA) has struggled in his last five regular-season matchups with the Tigers, going 0-4 with a 5.51 ERA, including a 6-1 home loss May 17 when he gave up six runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Five Tigers are hitting .387 or better in at least 10 at-bats against Lackey. Cabrera is 6 for 15 with two homers, while Ian Kinsler is 16 for 38 with four homers.

Lackey, though, has been pitching well. He threw 13 1-3 scoreless innings over back-to-back starts before going the distance in a 3-2 loss at Cleveland on Monday. It was just his third complete game since 2010 and the 17th of his career.

The Red Sox (27-34) are 6 for 35 (.171) with runners in scoring position during a five-game skid. While they were 3 for 8 on Saturday, they still stranded 10 runners.

Sunday's return of catcher Mike Napoli might help their production. He hasn't played since May 23 due to a sprained finger. Though he hit .175 with two RBIs in his last 11 games before being sidelined, his .390 on-base percentage leads the team and his 22 RBIs rank fourth despite his missed time.

"That type of production has been missed," manager John Farrell told the team's official website. "... I think any time you can lengthen the lineup with another quality hitter, it's going to be advantageous for us."

Napoli has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games at Detroit with four homers and seven RBIs, though he's 0 for 2 against scheduled starter Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez (2-2, 2.15) is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in four starts since returning from a blister on his middle finger. The first of those outings was a 6-2 win at Boston on May 18 when he allowed one earned run in five innings.

He hasn't received a decision in his last two games while receiving one run of support in 15 1-3 innings. Sanchez limited Toronto to two hits in seven scoreless innings in a 5-3 loss Tuesday.

Boston's Xander Bogaerts is batting .386 in his last 10 games and Brock Holt is at .364 during a seven-game hitting streak after both went 2 for 5 on Saturday.

Detroit hasn't swept two three-game series from Boston in the same season since 1987.

Updated June 8, 2014

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