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“I probably would have never made it through college without baseball, so I’m thankful for that. I really am proud that I got to play on that level.”
Only Wil Nieves and Chase Utley managed hits off Tigers pitchers, both singles, for the Phillies.
Drew Smyly, a strong setup man in the Tigers’ bullpen, moves back into the starting rotation.
Domonic Brown and Carlos Ruiz each had RBI singles for the Phillies while bench hopeful Darin Ruf had a pair of RBIs.
Shane Victorino’s seventh-inning grand slam propelled Boston to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.
Austin Jackson was dropped from first to eighth in the batting order, and suddenly the Boston Red Sox couldn’t get him out.
Once again this October, one run was enough.
David Ortiz revived the Red Sox with a tying grand slam in the eighth inning and Boston stunned the Detroit Tigers 6-5 Sunday night.
In the sixth, the Tigers scored eight runs on only two hits. The Phillies made three errors and walked three batters in the inning.
Detroit scored five runs in the 1st and three in the 2nd off Raul Valdes, who started because Cliff Lee was out.
Cole Hamels (4-13) was trying to protect a 1-0 lead for the Phillies when he allowed the bottom of Detroit’s batting order to break through. After a one-out walk to Hernan Perez, Ramon Santiago and Avila hit back-to-back doubles.
Lee will be replaced by left-hander Raul Valdes, who has gone 1-0 with a 7.59 ERA in 11 relief appearances this year.
Cole Hamels tuned up for his first opening day start by pitching three scoreless innings as the Phillies beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1.
Ramon Santiago hit a grand slam and Don Kelly also homered off Roy Halladay, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 10-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.