Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox

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JaCoby Jones drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth, and the Tigers outlasted the flu-bitten Red Sox 6-5 on Friday to win their ninth straight home opener.

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

That kick-started a four-run frame that made a victor of reliever Matt Barnes, who returned from the bereavement list to pitch two scoreless innings in support of starter Rick Porcello, who danced in and out of danger over his six-plus innings, allowing 11 hits and four runs. The right-hander went 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA a year ago, helping Detroit contend for a postseason spot until its final game.

Moving away from his fastball, which had become erratic, Porcello struck out five of the next nine batters to pitch into the seventh inning, making this his 20th consecutive start of at least six innings. The Oklahoma City native said he has no experience pitching in cold weather.

Expected to be one of the main competitors to the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central, the Tigers are bound to make plenty of noise with their bats this season.

The Tigers (1-1) began their season in Chicago against the White Sox with what was supposed to be a three-game series. Over in the Detroit area, there was actually some snow falling Thursday. "Just find a way to get it done".

Daniel Norris has made two previous starts against the Red Sox, both at Comerica. The Tigers will also wear "Mr".

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NOTES: Detroit held a pre-game ceremony to honor the memory of recently deceased owner Mike Ilitch, raising a "Mr. We expect him to be a guy that can pitch right behind Ver".

Detroit entered the season with major questions in the outfield and at the back of the rotation, and the results so far have been mixed.

With Mookie Betts out to begin the series, Chris Young will fill the right field spot. After a quick 1-2-3 first inning, they looked like they were going to get some things going in the second. Detroit tied it in the third.

"If Zimmermann can throw like that, we're going to be in good shape". Mitch Moreland responded by picking up his first hit of the year, and runners were on the corners.

"It's a huge honor", Fulmer said. "We'll see how he feels when he comes in tomorrow".

"I went to the changeup a little bit and the curveball a little more", he said. "It was great, I had a fun time doing that and hopefully I can get in more situations like that".