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Tigers play stellar defense, have just enough offense to take opener at Boston 3-0

Detroit Tiger pitcher Doug Fister.  Fister picked up the win vs. Kansas City on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.
Detroit Tiger pitcher Doug Fister. Fister picked up the win vs. Kansas City on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.

BOSTON, MA (WTVB) - The Tiger’s defense turned a trio of double plays and Andy Dirks tripled in a run to break a scoreless tie in the seventh inning as Detroit blanked the Red Sox 3-0 in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park. The Tigers are now just a half-game behind Boston for the best record in the American League while Detroit’s Central Division lead is 8 1/2 games over the second place Indians, who lost Monday to the Orioles.  Doug Fister fired seven shutout innings for the Tigers yesterday as he improved to 12-and-7. Fister was able to settle down after he walked three and nicked a hitter in the first seven batters he faced.

Detroit won despite Miguel Cabrera missing his third straight game with an abdominal strain and a groin injury. He took batting practice yesterday and said he feels a lot better and hopes to play tonight when Max Scherzer starts for the Tigers and bids to become the second pitcher ever to win 20 of his first 21 decisions in a season.

The Chicago White Sox 6 game winning streak against the Yankees ended yesterday with a 9-to-1 loss at New York while the Cubs fell 4-to-3 to the Marlins at Wrigley Field.                                                   

                              

 

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