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Hoping for thumb's up.

Byline: Bill Ballou

RED SOX 7, TIGERS 4

FENWAY PARK, BOSTON

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

Detroit 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 7 0

Boston 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 x 7 13 0

Winning pitcher: Doubront (5-2). Losing pitcher: Fister (0-3). Att: 37,921.

The last thing the Red Sox need is another starter on the disabled list, and they're hoping that Dustin Pedroia isn't that player after hurting his right thumb yesterday.

He rolled over on it in the fifth inning while make what has become a typical Pedroia play - a diving stop on Danny Worth's grounder that appeared to be headed for right field. The play ended the inning, and also Pedroia's afternoon as he was replaced by Nick Punto to start the sixth.

The initial report was that Pedroia had a jammed thumb and he went for tests. Manager Bobby Valentine said he didn't think Pedroia would be able to play tonight, but did not rule out the possibility.

The Sox got one player back from the DL yesterday, outfielder Ryan Sweeney. They sent Che-Hsuan Lin back to Pawtucket.

Honoring our veterans

The Sox had several things going on to recognize Memorial Day, including a pregame introduction of team employees who are military veterans. An ensemble from the Coast Guard performed the national anthem.

No Red Sox player has died in combat, but many saw action in various conflicts. Ted Williams' duty in Korea as an airman is probably the most documented, but pitcher Earl Johnson fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II and earned several medals and a battlefield promotion to lieutenant.

Not as well known is the story of Sy Rosenthal, a native Bostonian who played for the Sox in the 1920s, then enlisted in the Navy at age 39 to join his son, Buddy, in service to their country. Buddy had earlier signed with the Marine Corps.

The Rosenthals paid a heavy price for their patriotism. Buddy Rosenthal was killed in action in the Pacific at age 17 in 1943. On Sept. 24, 1944, while on a minesweeper off the coast of France, Sy Rosenthal's ship hit a mine and sank with 58 sailors dying in the explosion. Sy survived, but was rendered a paraplegic by his injuries.

He lived out the rest of his life in the Boston area, spending time in veterans hospitals, and died of a heart attack in West Roxbury in 1969.

Struggling Bard

Daniel Bard is the Red Sox pitcher tonight as Boston takes on Justin Verlander. Bard is 4-5, 3-5 as a starter. Verlander is 5-2. This will be Bard's first career start versus the Tigers. Against Boston, Verlander is 3-2 in eight career starts, including 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA in five appearances at Fenway Park.

Bard has been a disappointment thus far in his transition from the bullpen to the rotation. Valentine has not used that term, but said yesterday he has been a bit surprised that Bard's problems have been with the physical part of the game - throwing the ball - as opposed to the mental part.

"He seems half a beat off in his delivery," the manager said.

Bard's velocity is way down, as are his strikeouts, from his bullpen days. However, he has had issues since the beginning of September 2011. He went into that month with a 2.03 ERA for the season and gave up 13 earned runs in 12 innings for the month. He walked nine in those 12 innings after walking just 16 in 61 innings before that.

He maintained his ratio of striking out a batter an inning, but this year has fanned just 28 in 48 innings.

Trot returns

Fan favorite Trot Nixon was on hand in the latest installment of Fenway Park's 100th anniversary celebration. It was the 12th anniversary of his ninth-inning home run at Yankee Stadium off Roger Clemens that broke a scoreless tie and provided Pedro Martinez with a 2-0 victory.

Nixon is living in his hometown of Wilmington, N.C., and coaches his two sons in youth baseball and youth football. He is interested in getting back into the game on a professional basis when the kids are grown, and as of yet has not talked to the Red Sox about those possibilities.

"I haven't pushed the envelope on that yet," Nixon said. "Right now, with my boys, I feel like I'm where I need to be."

Diamond Dust

Carl Crawford is increasing the duration of his sessions swinging a bat, and Jacoby Ellsbury has begun throwing, Valentine said. The return of Darnell McDonald from his rehab assignment in Pawtucket appears to be not far off. ... Adrian Gonzalez, in right field again, singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to eight games. David Ortiz had his first multi-hit game since May 19. ... Boston pitchers have allowed 12 home runs in the last seven games.

Box score

Detroit AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Berry cf 4 0 1 0 0 2 .360

Raburn rf 4 0 0 0 0 3 .146

Mi.Cabrera 3b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .306

Fielder 1b 4 1 1 0 0 0 .315

D.Young dh 4 1 1 1 0 1 .252

Jh.Peralta ss 3 1 1 2 1 2 .243

Dirks lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .318

Laird c 3 1 2 1 0 0 .316

Worth 2b 3 0 1 0 0 1 .182

Totals 33 4 7 4 1 12

Boston AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Nava lf 5 1 1 1 0 0 .278

Pedroia 2b 3 0 1 1 0 0 .295

Punto 2b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .128

Ad.Gonzalez rf-1b 4 1 1 0 0 1 .268

Ortiz dh 4 0 2 1 0 0 .309

Youkilis 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .238

Byrd cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .264

Saltalamacchia c 4 2 2 1 0 0 .273

Sweeney cf-rf 4 2 3 0 0 0 .325

Middlebrooks 3b 3 0 1 1 1 1 .308

Aviles ss 4 1 2 2 0 1 .265

Totals 36 7 13 7 1 5

LOB-Detroit 3, Boston 6. 2B-Fielder (11), Nava (5), Ortiz (16), Sweeney (15), Aviles (14). HR-D.Young (3), off Doubront; Laird (2), off Doubront; Jh.Peralta (3), off Aceves; Saltalamacchia (9), off Fister. RBIs-D.Young (16), Jh.Peralta 2 (14), Laird (4), Nava (12), Pedroia (21), Ortiz (31), Saltalamacchia (22), Middlebrooks (19), Aviles 2 (31).

Runners left in scoring position-Boston 4 (Ad.Gonzalez, Pedroia, Punto, Nava). RISP-Detroit 1 for 2; Boston 3 for 11.

Runners moved up-Nava. GIDP-Youkilis.

DP-Detroit 1 (Fister, Jh.Peralta, Fielder).

Detroit IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Fister L, 0-3 5 11 6 6 1 2 89 3.15

L.Marte 3 2 1 1 0 3 35 3.00

Boston IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Doubront W, 5-2 6 4 2 2 1 6 95 3.86

Atchison 2 1 0 0 0 4 30 0.93

Aceves 1 2 2 2 0 2 14 5.32

Fister pitched to three batters in the 6th.

Inherited runners-scored-L.Marte 2-0.

Umpires-HP, Jeff Nelson; 1B, Bill Welke; 2B, Chris Guccione; 3B, Tim Tschida.

T-2:37.

NAME: BOSTON RED SOX

ART: PHOTO

CUTLINE: Detroit manager Jim Leyland, left, argues with first base umpire Bill Welke after being ejected in the third inning.

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