Start and stop with Reggie Smith as the only guy who didn’t get up too early yesterday while the Red Sox were losing, 9-7, to the Tigers in one of those annual 11 a.m. Patriot’s Day games at Fenway Park.
The rest of the story would have to concern sifting through all the mistakes that were made while the Red Sox tried to come back after being behind, 8-0, with the great Mickey Lolich on the mound.
Reggie hit two homers, one right-handed the other lefthanded, the fourth time he has done it. Mickey Mantle did it 10 times in his career.
But the 29,006 saw the Red Sox with two men on in the last inning, Lolich long gone to the showers. Righthander Lerrin LaGrow was pitching for the Tigers and Danny Cater at bat – with Reggie in the on-deck circle.
Cater hit a grounder to shortstop Eddie Brinkman and Cater was nipped at first to end the game, amid a lot of squawking by the Red Sox, who thought first base umpire John Flaherty had blinkers on when the decision was made.
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