Adam Duvall’s three-run HR lifts Red Sox to 6-3 win over Tigers

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DETROIT – Adam Duvall hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning and the Boston Red Sox went on to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 Thursday.

“He’s off to a great start,” Boston manager Alex Cora said.

The 34-year-old Duvall, selected as the AL Player of the Week on Monday, is hitting .458 with three homers and 12 RBIs through his first six games with the Red Sox. He signed a $7 million, one-year contract in January to play for his fifth major league team.

“Duvall has been smoking hot,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said.

Boston, swept at home earlier in the week by Pittsburgh, bounced back with a run in the third and fourth before surging into the lead with a four-run sixth. Rafael Devers hit a solo homer in the fourth and had an RBI double in the sixth.

Chris Sale (1-0) gave up four hits and three runs and three walks while striking out seven in five innings.

Sale, who gave up seven runs in his season debut, got off to a shaky start with two straight walks in Detroit before striking out the next three batters.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever thrown eight straight balls in my life,” he said. “That was definitely interesting. Credit to the mound visit, I got three punches after that.”

John Schreiber, Chris Martin, Ryan Brasier and combined to throw three innings of scoreless relief and Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his first save with Boston.

In his final home opener, Miguel Cabrera hit a two-out RBI single in the third inning to put Detroit up 3-1.

“He’s just a pure hitter, up there with (Albert) Pujols,” Cora said. “He can hit for average, hit for power, and that uncanny ability for driving in runs.”

Spencer Turnbull (0-2) allowed five runs and five hits and two walks over 5 2-3 innings. Jose Cisnero gave up the three-run homer to Duvall, the first batter he faced.

Detroit catcher Jake Rogers fired up fans – bundled up on a chilly afternoon – by turning on an inside pitch and sending it 414 feet to left to put Detroit up 2-0 in the second.

The Tigers, though, missed many chances to score more runs by leaving eight runners on base.

“We had our opportunities, especially when we didn’t get to Sale right away and then he settled in,” Hinch said.


Cabrera, who turns 40 this month, has announced he’s retiring after this season and he’s trying to enjoy each moment.

“I appreciate this moment because not too many guys in baseball get a chance to say goodbye,” Cabrera said. “I’m not sad. I’m happy.”

The two-time AL MVP and Triple Crown winner joined former Detroit superstars Calvin Johnson, Nicklas Lidstrom and Ben Wallace – Hall of Famers in football, hockey and basketball – on the field to throw a ceremonial first pitch before the game.


Red Sox: RHP Brayan Bello (right elbow inflammation) is expected to make another start for Triple-A Worcester after throwing 72 pitches Wednesday.

Tigers: Turnbull appeared to hurt his neck in the sixth when Enrique Hernandez hit a comebacker and he was removed from the game later in the inning.

“He said it was the equivalent of a whiplash or a stringer,” Hinch said. “It kind of subsided and he was fine.”


After a day off, Red Sox RHP Tanner Houck (1-0, 5.40) and Tigers LHP Joey Wentz (0-1, 5.06) are scheduled to start on Saturday.

Dodgers place pitcher Noah Syndergaard on injured list with no timetable for return

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CINCINNATI — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitcher Noah Syndergaard on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a blister on the index finger of his right throwing hand.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the timetable for Syndergaard’s return is unknown despite the 15-day designation.

“The physical, the mental, the emotional part, as he’s talked about, has taken a toll on him,” Roberts said. “So, the ability to get him away from this. He left today to go back to Los Angeles to kind of get back to normalcy.”

Syndergaard allowed six runs and seven hits in three innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night, raising his ERA to 7.16.

Syndergaard (1-4) has surrendered at least five runs in three straight starts.

Syndergaard has been trying to return to the player he was before Tommy John surgery sidelined him for the better part of the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Roberts said Syndergaard will need at least “a few weeks” to both heal and get away from baseball and “reset.”

“I think searching and not being comfortable with where he was at in the moment is certainly evident in performance,” Roberts said. “So hopefully this time away will provide more clarity on who he is right now as a pitcher.

“Trying to perform when you’re searching at this level is extremely difficult. I applaud him from not running from it, but it’s still very difficult. Hopefully it can be a tale of two stories, two halves when he does come back.”