BOSTON (AP) – Jarren Duran and Josh Winckowski live outside of temporary metal lockers in the middle of the club in Fenway Park, a sign that the two Triple-A calls may not be in Boston for long.
But for now it’s hard to imagine the Red Sox winning without them.
Duran had two hits, two steals and two runs, and Winckowski had the biggest start of his short career Monday night to help Boston beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2. In three major league appearances, Winckowski made three appearances, five appearances and seventh.
“Last exit, I drove this day on the day of the game,” said the 23-year-old right-hander, who won another turn through rotation. “Being able to be here for the last five days has been huge.”
Francchy Cordero had three hits, including a two-game single, and Boston won for the sixth time in eight games to climb over six,500 in six games. Duran doubled and scored in Rafael Devers’ double to break the tie in the third match.
“It was like that all year,” said Winckowski, who was also with Duran at Triple-A Worcester. All the guys in Triple-A watch him and say, “How do you keep that guy here?”
Duran could return to the juveniles when Christian Arroyo and Kiké Hernández return from injury list.
“Kiké is a nail. “Arroyo is a nail,” Duran said. “They deserve to be here.”
Winckowski (2-1) allowed two innings of seven hits and one walk, scoring two in 6 2/3 innings. Tanner Houck made the ninth for his fifth save.
Alex Faedo (1-4) held just 4 1/3 innings for the Tigers, who had won two straight after losing six in a row. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed five runs – four wins – in eight hits and two runs, scoring two.
The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first when Duran equalized the lead, stole second and scored JD Martinez’s single. After the Tigers equalized at the top of the second, Duran and Devers scored doubles to make it 2-1.
Boston added one in the fourth before Alex Verdugo stood out with one in the fifth and Trevor Story doubled it in the third to chase Faedo. Cordero put Tyler Alexander’s first court in the center and made it 5-1.
With the new limit of 13 pitchers, the Red Sox called the field candidate Jeter Downs from Triple-A Worcester and appointed right-hand man James Norwood for the assignment. The Red Sox acquired Norwood for cash from the Phillies on Saturday, but did not play.
Downs, who did not play, was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Mookie Betts trade. Hit.180 in Triple-A.
Former Red Sox left-back Manny Ramirez was in the race to receive the’s Hall of Fame. Teammate David Ortiz introduced it to Ramirez on the pitch before the game. Ramirez also sat on the television broadcast, while Ortiz sat next to the Red Sox boat and did everything he could to distract coach Alex Cora.
“At some point we have to put David somewhere else,” said Cora, who gave Ortiz bags of sunflower seeds to slow down the chatter. “It’s unstoppable. It’s not Fort Myers, bruh.
Ramirez played for the team from 2001-08 and was the MVP of the World Series in 2004, when the Red Sox won their first league title in 86 years. He was not in town when the Red Sox introduced him to the Hall of Fame franchise, along with Ortiz, in May.
“He’s the only guy missing out on the Hall of Fame and he’s coming to a first stadium on Monday,” Cora said.
But while Ortiz won the Cooperstown Hall of Fame entry in the first ballot, Ramirez never received more than 28.9% of the vote, most likely due to two suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs.
Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale kicked off detox against the Rays at the training championship in Port Charlotte, Florida. A period went by, allowing a run on a hit and a walk and a wild field.
The hit was Rays star Wander Franco, who is also on a detox mission. Sale, who broke a rib during the padlock, has not faced a blow to the big companies since October.
LHP Rich Hill (2-4) will start for Boston against Detroit RHP Beau Brieske (1-5) in the middle of a three-game series.
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