Justin Verlander Born Again Hard

Boston announced after the game it was placing CF Jackie Bradley Jr. After a 36-minute rain delay, that is.

Romine's second double, over and off the glove of a sprawling Holt with two outs in the eighth, gave Kinsler a chance play the hero again, but Sale, whose fastball still touched 98 miles per hour in the at-bat, walked him. It was his fourth double and sixth hit of this series. Chris Young hit a grounder toward Castellanos at third, and instead of potentially starting a double play, he couldn't field the ball cleanly. Verlander escaped the inning with minimal damage, though, inducing a groundball double play and lineout to third base.

Yankees 8, Rays 1 • Michael Pineda retired the first 20 batters he faced before Evan Longoria lined a double down the left-field line, and he wound up allowing two hits over 7 2/3 innings to help NY win its home opener. The lefty was able to get out of the inning by striking out leadoff man Ian Kinsler.

Verlander was done after seven with the game knotted, 1-1.

Justin Verlander would be the first to tell you that he did not have his best stuff in Monday's 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Castellanos ambushed Sale's first pitch and laced into left field, scoring Romine easily. And hitting in front of Miguel Cabrera, he's going to like what comes his way.

After Verlander's 110th pitch completed a free pass to Holt, Detroit manager Brad Ausmus came out to confer with the righty on his ability to finish the inning. The inning then ended with red-hot catcher Sandy Leon lining out to third.

The Red Sox led 7-4 when Kimbrel walked the first two Detroit hitters in the ninth.

The former National retired the first three batters in Boston's lineup-Brock Holt, Dustin Pedroia and Andrew Benintendi-on just nine pitches. Every game brings new questions about who manager John Farrell will be able to put on the field.

"(Feels) very good. He's intentionally walked a couple of times to get to me, and I've got him a couple of times in the past", said Castellanos, whose RBI single knocked Sale out of the game, and provided the margin of victory in a 2-1 win. He all but neglected his changeup, throwing it only four times despite facing a Red Sox lineup featuring six left-handed hitters.

Boston knuckleballer Steven Wright allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.

One explanation might be that Verlander knows the margin for error against a pitcher like Sale is so low.

The Tigers end up taking three out of four from Boston in Detroit and the Sox return home to Fenway with a 3-3 record as they take on the Orioles tonight.

After an 0-for-12 start, Moreland caught fire in Detroit. Sale had just struck out JaCoby Jones, his 10th strikeout.

In the Bronx, Michael Pineda had Yankees fans giddy about the possibility of witnessing history, as the big right-hander took a ideal game against the Tamnpa bay Rays into the 7th inning yesterday, setting down the first 20 batters he faced.

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  • Julie Sanders