Hard-hitting Red Sox rough up Faedo, down Tigers 5-2 in opener

Boston — Manager AJ Hinch doesn’t typically make a mound visit unless he’s changing pitchers. Which made his visit to starter Alex Faedo in the fourth inning of the Tigers’ 5-2 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park Monday curious.

There was nobody warming in the bullpen.

Hinch’s mission became crystal clear. It may have only been the fourth inning but it was a crisis point. The Red Sox had already scored a run and led 3-1. Jackie Bradley, Jr., and Jarren Duran stole third and second, respectively, without a throw.

Tiger Manager AJ Hinch #14 visits the mound during the fifth inning.

And with two outs, Faedo had fallen behind in the count to the dangerous Rafael Devers.

“I needed to make a pitch,” Hinch said. “We need to get out of this. They’ve obviously played very well this past month (14-4) and this ballpark is one of the better home field advantages in the game. We can’t let this game slip away.

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