The Red Sox have finally broken through in Game 3 of the ALCS against Tigers ace Justin Verlander.
Boston was held without a hit for 4 2/3 innings and scoreless for 6 1/3 innings, but first baseman Mike Napoli slugged a one-out solo homer to left in the top of the seventh to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.
Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey has out-dueled Verlander so far, boasting eight strikeouts and no walks over six scoreless innings. Lackey has surrendered just three hits. He’s at 88 pitches as the bottom of the seventh inning gets underway at a cold and gray — but for the time being rainless — Comerica Park.
The best-of-seven American League Championship Series is currently tied 1-1.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.