Baez’s 2-run HR propelled Tigers to a 3-1 win over the Red Sox in 8th place

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Xavier Baez of the Detroit Tigers completes a two-run home run against the Greeley Tribune Red Sox in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Detroit on Monday, April 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sansya)
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DETROIT (AP) – Javier Baez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Detroit Tigers beat the Greeley Tribune Red Sox 3-1 on Monday night.

Baez sent a 396-foot shot to the left to Ryan Brasier, who scored an Austin Meadows goal, bringing home two players who are part of a new-look squad hoping to contest.

Michael Fulmer (1-0) took eighth and Gregory Soto closed the game for Detroit’s first save of the season.

Austin Davis (0-1) lost the innings after conceding one run and two hits.

Greeley Tribune led by several runs in each of their first three games against the New York Yankees, but did not win until Sunday when Bobby Dalbeck hit a tiebreaking singles homer in the sixth inning.

The Tigers were two-plus runs behind in all three games against the Chicago White Sox, and rallied in the opener in the ninth on only a Baez RBI single, which Matthews scored in his Detroit debut.

The Tigers flipped the script against the Red Sox to take a 1–0 lead in the first innings at the sacrifice of Miguel Cabrera, but did not generate much offense until late in the game.

Detroit’s Matt Manning was perfect through four innings, before JD Martinez took a fifth-place lead with a single homer to pull Greeley Tribune into a 1-all tie.

Manning, ranked ninth overall in 2016, only dropped Martinez’s single homer in six innings. Alex Lang and Fulmer each provided scoreless relief in an innings. Soto also allowed only one hit.

In his Red Sox debut, Michael Wacha got off to a shaky start before closing out Detroit. Coven loaded first base with an out on Meadows single and two walk, but came out of the jam with only one run on Cabrera’s sacrificial fly.

Cabrera doubled to sixth, giving him 2,990 hits and 1,117 extra-base hits, moving him to 19th place alongside Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Jimmy Foxx. Hall of Famer George Brett (1,119) and Manny Ramirez (1,122) are the next two on the all-time extra-base hit list.

Later in the game, Cabrera singled out the 3,000th of his career to pull within nine hits.

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Baez’s home run came on a pitch 3.85 feet above the ground, the second-highest pitch ever for a home run. He made a pitch 3.91 feet above the ground in 2018 for the Cubs against the Mets.

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The Red Sox: Trevor Story missed its second straight game with flu-like symptoms. Manager Alex Cora reiterated that the team’s new $140 million 2B does not have COVID-19, adding that he was traveling to Detroit with hopes of playing on Tuesday. … RHP Matt Barnes played an innings after being dismissed with a tight back.

Tigers: LHP Andrew Chaffin (groin strain) bowled a bullpen on Monday. “It’s a big week for Chaffin,” said manager AJ Hinch. … Derek Hill’s, on 10-day IL with a strained right hamstring, has begun a running schedule.

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42-year-old LHP Rich Hill is set to make the first start of his third stint with the Red Sox in the second game of the three-match series on Tuesday afternoon. Detroit plans to compete with LHP Tyler Alexander in his first outing of the season.

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