The promise of a new season hasn't shown much inspiration for the Boston Red Sox, as the disappointment at how last season ended has been reflected in their first three games of 2012: all of them losses, and two of them in walkoffs.
That includes today's extra-innings affair, in which the Tigers' Alex Avila cranked his second homer of the season to bring back Detroit from a two-run deficit in the 11th. It came after a wild pitch put Miguel Cabrera in position to score on a Delmon Young sacrifice fly that drew the Tigers within one, setting the stage for Avila's two-run homer. In the end, Bobby Valentine was left with nothing but hands on hips. [NESN]