Zimmermann sharp as Tigers beat Red Sox 4-1

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 20, 2017

But this version of Castellanos is different than the one Sale had seen in the past. If the Red Sox avoid the long ball though, they'll be in great shape.

Farrell said: "There's three different things that are going around. That was his opportunity to shut the game off".

And that's absolutely the way it should have been. On Wednesday against Seattle, he entered in a tie game in the eighth and kept things even, striking out seven and holding the Mariners without a hit. Either he gets the third out or he doesn't, but you put the game in his hands. His designated hitter was sick with the flu. The bullpen was irrelevant at that point. "He had that game under control".

The three at-bats that made a difference?

With Andrew Romine on second and two outs, Sale hadn't exactly invoked the new intentional walk signal, sending Ian Kinsler to first base automatically.

"There'll be a time in this season when you look to go to (closer Craig) Kimbrel for four outs", Farrell said, "but not in Game 3". It was his fourth double and sixth hit of this series. He knew the margin of error was small, given how well Sale was pitching.

"I would be lying if I said I didn't know that giving it up in the second, I would have assumed the game would've been over", he said. After a walk to Kinsler - Sale's first and only of the game - Castellanos came through with a big single through the left side to score the go-ahead run. Sale was still in the game for the Red Sox, as he had been quite efficient for the entirety of the game. The injury does not appear to be anything that will keep him out for an extended time.

"Obviously not", he said. Instead, the eighth continued with Sale being taken out for Heath Hembree, who had the pleasure of facing Miguel Cabrera.

Red Sox: Chris Sale goes Monday in the series finale. Xander Bogaerts couldn't make it back from bereavement in Aruba because of a canceled flight, and Hanley Ramirez stayed in Boston after battling the flu that has infected a number involved with the team. Or a quick left-handed hitter like Jackie Bradley Jr. Pablo Sandoval, who has vexed Verlander in the past (2012 World Series), was next. With this offensive outburst, Sandy should remain in the lineup for the time being, and continue to give the Red Sox a boost at the bottom of the order.

Rodriguez, who turned 24 Friday, hopes to pick up on his strong second half to 2016 when he makes his first start of the season for Boston.

"It's tough. It's part of it though", Sale said. "I was kind of waiting for it (the dead arm) because I get it every year".

Farrell's been quoting an old saying the past few days: You do what you can with what you have where you are.

True, there was more stumbling than a runner on a chipped-up sidewalk but the relief staff Dombrowski largely built when he was general manager of the Detroit Tigers came out on top of the one he has fashioned as president of the Boston Red Sox.

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