Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont regrets sending Prince Fielder


Prince Fielder was thrown out at the plate in the second inning last night when third base coach Gene Lamont decided to wave the 300-pound slugger home from first base on a Delmon Young double.

After the game manager Jim Leyland called Lamont’s decision “a little overaggressive” while noting that it was still a bang-bang play.

Lamont also admitted: “If I had to do it over, I would have held him.”

Instead of potentially breaking through for a big inning with no outs and runners on second and third base the Tigers ended up failing to score and were shut out by the Giants while managing just two hits.

In retrospect the fact that Detroit was shut out might suggest Lamont made the right call to be very aggressive early in the game, but with Fielder as the runner and zero outs in the inning it was a very iffy decision.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.