Red Sox activate 2B Pedroia from DL

Red Sox activate 2B Pedroia from DL

He will be replaced on Boston's 25-man roster by left-handed pitcher Brian Johnson, who will start Friday night's game against the Detroit Tigers.

Nicholas Castellano and Mikey Mahtook homered and Martinez and Jose Iglesias both had three hits for the Tigers (29-31). Smith's return is important for a Red Sox bullpen that has seen a lot of innings pitched. Bradley also chipped in with a RBI single in the fourth inning.

The inning started when right fielder J.D. Martinez failed to catch up to a Xander Bogaerts pop fly in short right before Bogaerts took second on Wilson's wild pickoff throw.

"We come off two tough games nights where not much offensively is taking place and it took us half a game to get on track tonight", Boston manager John Farrell said.

Red Sox activate 2B Pedroia from DL

An infield single by Victor Martinez knocked Johnson out of the game with one out in the fourth and Heath Hembree was greeted by a long double from J.D. Martinez. The two have essentially split duties at first since then, and Travis hit.471/.526/.588 with a pair of doubles in 19 plate appearances. "Unless his leg's severed, he's not coming out".

Tigers: Detroit activated C James McCann from the 10-day disabled list Friday and had him back in the starting lineup in the series opener.

The Tigers left the top of the first with a 2-0 lead, with Johnson already having made 27 pitches after some grounders made their way out of the infield, and the pitcher's fate this night was already showing itself. They won the first game with a score of 5-4. Sandoval had started six of the last seven games but is just 2-for-21 in that stretch.

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