Red Sox activate 2B Pedroia from DL

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Per Evan Drellich of CSNNE, the Boston Red Sox have chose to option first baseman Sam Travis back to Triple-A. They had scored just three runs in their previous 25 innings before erupting in the eighth.

"Oh my god, it's so exciting, because it's my dream", he said after the game.

The former All-Star southpaw limited the hot-handed Yankees to two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks while also fanning seven.

Mike Mahtook (3-for-5, two RBIs), Jose Iglesias (1-for-4, two RBIs) and James McCann (1-for-4, RBI) have all homered off of Pomeranz.

Verlander's night was done after that inning, having allowed three runs on five hits and four walks over five innings.

It was back-and-forth, with great defense, good pitching, some hitting and though it was close on the score board - at least through six innings - it showed how far apart the two teams are from one another in trying to contend in the American League.

Mitch Moreland also scored on Bradleys homer after driving in the tying run with a single to right after Xander Bogaerts leadoff single, a blooper that landed in shallow right. "The command was what caused him issues", Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Norris, who walked three in the third inning. “The first half went to us. The second half went to them. Entering play Friday, Boston sits at 32-27, good for second place in the AL East.

This will be just the second time Sale has started opposite Verlander as the home starter.

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Mahtook led off the fourth with his fourth homer of the season, but Moreland answered that leading off the bottom half. “Unless his legs severed, hes not coming out.”. He almost homered again to start the sixth with a deep fly off the center-field wall for a double.

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Their first lead of the game, after trailing 3-0 in the fourth inning.

Tigers LHP Daniel Norris (2-4, 4.48 ERA) is set to start the nationally-televised series finale Sunday night against LHP Drew Pomeranz (6-3, 4.02), who looks to extend his career-best three-game winning streak.

Here are more notes from Red Sox vs. Tigers. Verlander left his last start with right groin tightness but threw a 33-pitch bullpen session Thursday and reported no problems.

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia returned to the lineup after a stint on the 10-day DL with a sprained left wrist. In fact, it was a matchup we've already seen in 2017, as Chris Sale and Justin Verlander battled each other very early in the season to the results we expected.

Sale has a 2.89 ERA and 0.93 WHIP this season.

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