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Revisiting Boston’s April 8th Setback To The Detroit Tigers

By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Earlier today, we highlighted an epic (and crazy) game that took place on this exact date eight years ago. And that game featured both our hometown Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers.

Mike Aviles, Kelly Shoppach
Mike Aviles concluded his team’s epic 13-12 setback to the Detroit Tigers with three RBI, three hits, and two runs. (PHOTO COURTESY: NESN.com)

Detroit, which won the game in eleven innings by a score of 13-12, needed not one, but two rallies to beat Boston and clinch their first three-game series of the 2012 season.

Miguel Cabrera highlighted his team’s win with five RBI, three hits and three runs, while Alex Avila capped his team’s comeback effort with a two-run blast in the bottom of the eleventh inning.

“I’m too tired right now,” Avila said via the game’s report on ESPN.com following his two-run home run. “I’m glad we have an off day (Monday). This weekend has been crazy.”

Detroit plated 26 runs against the Red Sox and won two of the three contests during the team’s final at-bat. The Tigers, which would go onto represent the American League in the World Series, edged the Red Sox in their season-opener, 3-2, despite Jose Valverde blowing what would have been his initial save of 2012.

Boston’s offense, which was led by Mike Aviles and Nick Punto, did provide its pitchers (and defense) with an opportunity to win this particular game, not just in the ninth inning, but also in the eleventh. However, Alfredo Aceves and Mark Melancon surrendered the leads by giving up a home run to Cabrera in the ninth inning and Avila in the eleventh.

“This is a work in progress,” first-year Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said following his team’s third setback of the 2012 season. “We’re three days in after losing our closer, and we’re still trying to figure it out.”

Boston would erase memories of the Sunday setback, along with its Opening Day loss on Monday, April 9th when they beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2.

Unfortunately, 2012 was not Boston’s best season as they finished 69-93 overall, as well as 26 games behind the first-place New York Yankees. Boston never spent a single day during the 2012 season in first-place – in fact, their longest winning streak was just six games (Apr. 23rd to Apr. 28th).

Weeks after squandering their lead to the Tigers, the Red Sox would suffer a disappointing 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in 17 innings.

Daily Noontime – April 26, 2012

Joel Ward's overtime strike on Wednesday lifted Washington past Boston in Game No. 7, 2-1! (Photo Credit: CBC.ca)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Ah… it’s Thursday, which means we’re one day closer to the end of the work week. However, this is a rather solemn day, as Bostonians mourn the loss of the Boston Bruins, so let’s try to brighten the mood with headlines and news!

* As stated above, the Boston Bruins quest toward a seventh Stanley Cup championship ended on Wednesday evening at the TD Garden when the Washington Capitals defeated them, 2-1 in overtime. Joel Ward scored the clincher at 2:57 in the extra session, which punched the Capitals ticket to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

* After the seventh game concluded – James Murphy of ESPNBoston provided a ‘to-do‘ list of things the Bruins need to focus on during the offseason. Also, ESPN’s Barry Melrose provided his ‘two-cents‘ on the Caps 22-year-old goaltender Braden Holtby.

* The Boston Red Sox earned their first regular season series sweep of the season on Wednesday, as they defeated the Minnesota Twins, 7-6. Clay Buchholz earned second win of the season, while Alfredo Aceves registered his fourth save. As for the Sox offense, Mike Aviles his his fourth home run of the season, while Dustin Pedroia recorded a double and triple.

* The Sox will look to extend their three-game winning streak on Thursday when they travel to Chicago to face the White Sox at 8:10pm —Felix Doubront opposes Philip Humber.

* Finally, the Boston Celtics will conclude their 66-game regular season slate on Thursday when they welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to the TD Garden for an 8PM tip-off.

Daily Noontime – April 24, 2012

Cody Ross smacked two long balls, which helped Boston snap their five-game losing streak in Monday! (Photo Credit: ESPN)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Tuesday, which means this week is slowly motoring along. And while we anxiously await Game No. 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday, let’s jumpstart the day with some news, notes and headlines.

Cody Ross hit two home runs, and Daniel Bard recorded his first win as a reliever, as Boston snapped their five-game skid and defeated the Minnesota Twins, 6-5.

* Against the Twins, Adrian Gonzalez recorded his 10th RBI, while Ross registered his 13th. Also, Alfredo Aceves earned his third save of the season.

* Boston and Minnesota will return to the diamond on Tuesday for an 8:10pm start — Josh Beckett opposes Nick Blackburn.

* The Boston Celtics will play their second to last regular season contests on Tuesday, too, as they welcome the Miami Heat to the TD Garden for an 8PM tip-off. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett may not play against the Heat, as head coach Doc Rivers indicated during Monday’s practice that both players may one of the remaining contests.

Wes Welker apparently will be making a few appearances on various ESPN shows on Tuesday and will also be hosting a live online chat, too.

* Finally, the Boston Bruins seventh game of their quarterfinal series against Washington will begin at 7:30pm on Wednesday.

Boston Red Sox Recap: Game No. 4 vs. Toronto Blue Jays (Links)

Alfredo Aceves picked up his first save on Monday following a 1-2-3 ninth inning! (Photo Credit: Boston Herald)

By NoontimeSports.com 

For the first time this season, Boston won a baseball game, as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2 on Monday.

Darnell McDonald and Cody Ross recorded the team’s final two runs, while Alfredo Aceves picked up his first save after a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Here are some links, stories and recaps from Boston’s first victory.

* ESPNBoston provided a rapid reaction following the conclusion of Monday’s contest, which highlighted various key moments.

* Gordon Edes crafted an interesting piece about David Ortiz, who contemplated stealing base against the Blue Jays pitching staff.

* Yahoo! Sports published an AP recap, which regales readers about the Sox ninth inning rally.

* The Globe and Mail explained how the Red Sox ruined the Blue Jays home opener.

* The Boston Globe breaks down Bobby Valentine‘s first win in a Red Sox uniform.

Ryan Sweeney was the focus on a WEEI game recap, as he was the one who initiated the ninth inning rally.

Daily Noontime – April 10, 2012

Boston's Darnell McDonald slides safely into home plate! (Photo Credit: Hartford Courant)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Tuesday, which means this particular week is motoring along. And while we anxiously await for another weekend, let’s get the day started with some headlines and news from Boston.

* The Boston Red Sox needed a ninth inning rally to pick up their first win of the 2012 season, as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2. Darnell McDonald and Cody Ross scored the team’s third and fourth runs, while Alfredo Aceves picked up his first save after a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

* Boston will attempt to double their win total on Tuesday when Daniel Bard opposes Kyle Drabek at 7:07pm in Toronto.

* According to reports – Boston’s Kevin Youkilis is frustrated about his 12 plate appearances this season. The third baseman is currently 0-for-12 at the dish, and leads the team with five strikeouts, (Adrian Gonzalez also has five strikeouts, too).

* The Boston Celtics will look to earn a critical victory on Tuesday when they travel to Miami to face the Heat. The Green and White have 10 games remaining before the playoffs, and will certainly have their hands full during this final stretch.

* ESPNBoston confirmed on Monday that the Celtics were tabbed as the No. 6 team in basketball according to the recent ESPN rankings. Last week, the Celtics were slated at the No. 7 team, but recent victories bumped them up to their newest spot.

* Lastly, we’re two days away from the Boston Bruins first playoff contest against the Washington Capitals, which is scheduled for Thursday, Apr. 12 at 7:30pm.