The Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox have never previously met in the playoffs. Both teams are led by super sluggers in Miguel Cabrera and David Ortiz.
Thirty-one-year-old closer Joel Hanrahan has had a rough start to his tenure with the Red Sox after being acquired from the Pirates in the offseason. Now we know why.
Fans may have needed to consult their programs when the defending AL East champions took the field against the revamped Boston Red Sox for the 111th Opening Day in franchise history Monday.
At three games over .500, New York is in the wild card playoff hunt. Despite all the talk of getting injured players back, relievers Pedro Beato and Bobby Parnell could ultimately decide just how far the 2011 Mets go.
Paul Maholm pitched seven shutout innings, Brandon Wood homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Mets 3-1 on Monday night to split their four-game series.
James McDonald allowed two runs in six effective innings, Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run double and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Mets 3-2 on Saturday night.