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BECKETT BREEZES.....Boston 10, TIGERS 5, W 6/3/09
Posted on: 06-03-2009

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>>caption:  BECKETT FLIRTED WITH
A NO-HITTER<<

@ COMERICA PARK:

    Boston RHander Josh Beckett
carried a No-Hitter through 6.2-IP
and led the Red Sox to a 10-5 win
over the Tigers Tuesday night.
    Beckett allowed only a 1-out
walk to Placido Polanco in the B-1st
until the B-7th. Then, Magglio
Ordonez drew a 1-out walk, Miguel Cabrera made a bid with a long fly to CField,
and Curtis Granderson ruined the No-No by hitting a 2-1 fastball through the
right side on the infield for Detroit's first hit.
    By that time the Tigers were already down 4-0. Both bullpens performed
miserably in the 8th-INN with the BoSox scoring 6-R and Detroit getting 5-R
to make the 10-5 final.
    Granderson was indeed Dedtroit's hitting hero. Not only did he break up
Beckett's gem. After a trio of Carmine errors in the B-8th, Grandy also stroked
a 3r3B to RCField to cap the too-late Tiger scoring.
    For the second straight night Boston's 1-2 hitters gave the Red Sox a lead
they'd never lose even before an out had been recorded. Dustin Pedroia singled
and J.D. Drew skied a 2rHR (#8) ten rows into the RField seats to make it 2-0.
It was the 200th homerun of Drew's MLB career.
    Beckett perhaps pitched longer than he needed to after losing the No-Hit bid.
Boston MGR Terry Francona left Beckett in for 7.2-IP and 119-pitches/80-strikes.
Because of the bad BoSox defense Beckett (W, 6-2) was charged with 3-R/0-ER on
2-H & 2-W with 9-K to lower his ERA to 4.09 on the season.
    Tiger starter Armando Galarraga (L, 3-6) dropped his sixth consecutive decision,
even though he settled down after the quick T-1st start by the Carmines. Galarraga
gave up 4-R/3-ER on 6-H & 2-W with 2-K in 7-IP, throwing 64 of his 96-pitches for
strikes.
    Zach Miner (4-R/4-ER on 0.1-IP) and Nate Robertson (2-R/2-ER in 0.2-IP) both got
beat up in the 6-R Boston T-8th where Kevin Youkilis' RBI-2B was soon followed by
David Ortiz & Jason Varitek with back-to-back 2r2Bs.
    Pedroia, Youkilis and Jacoby Ellsbury all had 2-H for the Red Sox.
    Granderson was 2-for-4 for most of the Tiger basehits. The only other safety
was a B-8th double by Brandon Inge.
    The Tigers fell to 28-23 and the Red Sox improved to 31-22 to re-tie the New
York Yankees for first place in the AL-East.
    Detroit has lost 7-of-11 games.

      BOS     10-13-3, 4-LOB     (W) Beckett, 6-2
      DET       5-3-1,  7-LOB       (L) Galarraga, 3-6

QUOTEBOOK...

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "(Galarraga) did pretty darn good -- he wasn't great,
but he gave us a chance. We just ran into one of the best pitchers in baseball when
he had outstanding stuff...That (T-8th) inning shows how important every pitcher
on your staff is. We let the game get away from us in that inning, and it ended up
being important at the end...Our offense hasn't really gotten going all year, though.
I'm kind of surprised."

TIGERS CF CURTIS GRANDERSON:   "(Beckett) finally gave me a pitch that wasn't on
a corner -- everything had been on the black all night. Everyone knows what is
going on -- there are scoreboards all over the stadium, so we could all see that we
didn't have any runs and didn't have any hits."

R-SOX SP JOSH BECKETT:   "The bullpen's mound had an off-center plate. But as soon
as I got out there for the first inning, I felt good."

R-SOX MGR TERRY FRANCONA:   "I thought he was tremendous. He had great stuff,
and the ball had great movement. It was fun to watch."

EXTRA INNINGS:

    Beckett's No-Hit bid game 91 years to the day after Dutch Leonard of the Red Sox
threw a No-Hitter against Detroit on 6/3/1918.
    Granderson is hitting .429 over his last nine games.
    Inge was instantly removed for pinch-runner Ramon Santiago when he pulled-up lame
going into 2Base on his two-bagger.
    Boston 3Bman Mike Lowell was ejected in the Mid-8th when HP umpire Bob Davidson
followed Lowell down the 1Base line to continue an arguement, them thumbed the
BoSoxer.
    Youkilis was removed from the game in the B-8th when Detroit's Josh Anderson
kicked Youkilis' right ankle attempting to beat a throw to 1Base.
    Many of the announced crowd of 29,240 were unaware of Beckett's No-Hit bid
until just before it ended because the LField scoreboard was out of order for several
innings.
    In the Thursday afternoon conclusion of the series Detroit LHP Dontrelle Willis
(1-2) is listed as the probable pitcher to oppose Boston RHanded knuckleballer Tim
Wakefield (6-3).

COACH KURT

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