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Upton gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the first inning, following up a Castellanos two-run homer, with an RBI single four batters later. Upton struck again with an estimated 337-foot grand slam off Pesky’s Pole in right field during the fifth inning of the Tigers’ 8-3 win.
Detriot chased Boston left-hander Drew Pomeranz after 4 1/3 innings pitched. He was scored with six runs (five earned) allowed on eight hits after Heath Hembree served up Upton’s grand slam on a 96 mph fastball. Ian Kinsler added an RBI single to give the Tigers a five-run fifth inning and its eighth and final run of the game.
Boston managed six walks and 12 hits, including seven off starter Daniel Norris, but the Red Sox left 12 runners on base and were left with just three runs to show for it. With nearly a third of June complete, Boston trails the Yankees by four games in the AL East.
Upton’s grand slam was the third of the day in MLB, joining Paul Goldschmidt and Corey Seager with the memorable home runs in an exciting day of baseball.
Jaylon Smith Jersey White Sox second base prospect Yoan Moncada (our No. 1-ranked prospect) has recently been dealing with a bruised thumb, but he seems poised for a June call-up after a blistering start to the season at Triple-A (.331/.401/.504 with six home runs and 10 stolen bases in 34 games). The switch-hitting Moncada will need to improve his pitch recognition to succeed in the majors, but he’s shown the ability to make adjustments and should eventually adapt to the quality and sequencing of big league pitching. More fundamental are the flaws in his righthanded swing, which will require either significant mechanical changes or a decision to only bat lefthanded. In any case, he remains an electric talent with plus speed and tantalizing power potential. Once he’s healthy, it will be hard for the Sox to keep him out of their lineup.