After allowing a home run on the second pitch of the game and running into more trouble in the third inning, Clay Buchholz pitches the Red Sox to a 7-3 victory over the Tigers.
Manager Bobby Valentine said Buchholz was "spectacular" after his early troubles.
The Red Sox righthander improved to 9-3 and could be poised to become the ace of a staff that could be without Josh Beckett after Tuesday. Beckett has been the subject of trade rumors leading up to Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline for deals.
Meanwhile, another player mentioned in trade rumors, outfielder Ryan Sweeney, injured his hand when he apparently punched a wall when he came back to the dugout after making an out late in the game Monday.
CSNNE.com Insider Sean McAdam says that's the kind of season it has been for the Red Sox.
CBS interviewed Patriots coach Bill Belichick and 1960 Heisman winner Joe Bellino from Navy as part of its Army-Navy Game coverage Saturday.
Belichick's father, Steve, was an assistant coach at Navy when Bellino played there, and little Bill, then 7, took it all in. So much so, that 57 years later, Belichick can still diagram the 27 F Trap play that his dad used to drew up in the 1959 season for Bellino.
More from NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk here.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while doing some early Christmas shopping ahead of the late rush.
*Mike Zeisberger sits down with a quartet of NHL governors and discusses a number of hot topics including the Vegas franchise and scoring around the league.
*Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos has been removed from the NHL Board of Governor’s Executive Committee amid rumors that the Canes might be a prime candidate for relocation.
*Pierre McGuire weighs in on Connor McDavid’s war of words on the ice and Carey Price losing his mind in the crease against the New Jersey Devils. To that end, Wayne Gretzky liked seeing McDavid get a little combative at such a young age.
*The New York Islanders signed Cal Clutterbuck to a five year contract extension, and some are skeptical it will turn out well for the Isles.
*David Pastrnak is a premier scoring threat in the league, and Scott Cullen has some details behind that. I will say this: his stock falling in the draft had less to do with his size or heaviness, and more to do with him being concussed for a long stretch of time during the year leading up to the draft.
*The Florida Panthers are really struggling to stay positive with a 1-5-0 record since the ownership group and management decided to fire Gerard Gallant.
*For something completely different: Baywatch stars then and now.