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It's still Detroit that could very likely have the AL's Cy Young Award winner (Scherzer) and the AL's Most Valuable Player (Miguel Cabrera), while scoring more runs than any other club (it's currently first) and allowing the fewest (it's currently second). Boston, meanwhile, probably won't place a player in the top 10 of voting for either of those individual awards, and while its offense is on par with the Tigers, its pitching is nearer the middle of the pack. On paper, the edge goes to Detroit. Perhaps decidedly.
With Cabrera leading off the eighth on Tuesday night, and Lester finished, Farrell had a choice as he looked to the bullpen. He could've gone right to Junichi Tazawa. Instead he went with rookie Brandon Workman.And Workman rewarded that faith. After falling behind 2-and-0, he induced a lazy flyball to right from the reigning triple crown winner — and likely earning himself more high-leverage opportunities moving forward.
"Confidence-wise, it was obviously a big out," he said. "It was only one out, but it was a big out for us. It builds confidence to go in there and get that done."
After sitting a night earlier to rest an ailing right hand that will require management the rest of the season, Jacoby Ellsbury was back atop the Red Sox lineup. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia sat again with back soreness, while Clay Buchholz's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, so he remains on track to make his final rehab start today. He'll pitch for Triple-A Pawtucket in their playoff series at Rochester.
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