Fulmer looking forward to starting home opener for Detroit

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Through the first two games of the year, the catcher with a.260 career batting average has five hits in his first eight at bats. However, McCann hit a long home run to left-center field for a 2-1 lead after that, and it went downhill from there.

Once again, the Tigers bullpen nearly proved to be the team's downfall, as Justin Wilson came on in the seventh inning, and surrendered one run. Betts returned to the team but didn't play.

"He threw me a curveball and I was able to get a barrel on it", said Mahtook, who was playing his first home game for the Tigers after being acquired in the off-season. A throwing error on Young's single by left fielder Justin Upton left runners at second and third.

"Tomorrow's another game, just like the other 161 we're going to play", he said. He gets in a good run, including what looks to be his best impression of Barry Sanders before running out of gas and getting taken down by security.

You might forgive Tigers left-hander Kyle Ryan if his mind is just a tad scrambled Saturday. All was well. Until the flight was canceled and he was told he couldn't get another direct flight to Detroit (or one out of Orlando) until Monday.

Detroit's slugger has yet to record a hit in the 2017 season but it will likely come in this series.

Ryan said he took a vehicle service from central OH to Detroit. Sandoval, who played in just three games past year before having shoulder surgery, hit a drive to left-centre field on an 0-2 pitch for his first home run since August 15, 2015.

"For me, that was the play of the game", Zimmermann said. Some debris fell into the lower seating area, but nobody appeared hurt.

The Tigers blew a 4-0 lead in the top of the eighth, when Pablo Sandoval gave the Red Sox the lead with a three-run homer off Francisco Rodriguez.

"Some mislocated pitches in the middle of the plate that they didn't miss", Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Rodriguez starts the season in the rotation thanks to injuries to David Price and Drew Pomeranz and can lock down a more permanent role if he can duplicate his closing stretch from a year ago.

Tigers: Ausmus said OF J.D. Martinez (sprained right foot) was able to swing Friday.

Tigers: Justin Verlander (1-0) takes the mound for the first time since Detroit's season opener.

BOSTON KEY TRENDS: The Red Sox are 5-1 in Porcello's last six starts coming off five days of rest and have won four of his last five road starts as well.

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