FOXBORO - Between them, Brian Waters and Gerard Warren have spent 23 seasons in the NFL and played in 341 games. Neither has been to the Super Bowl. Until now. "This is what I've been dreaming of since I was a kid," Warren said Monday afternoon in a locker room almost devoid of players but crawling with media. "Now it's reality. I'm there. Been looking forward to this my whole life."A khaki colored fishing hat perched atop his head, Warren's smile broke widely as he reflected on the opportunity. "I've just been wishing I could be there, bro," he said when asked what it's been like all these years watching peers play in Super Bowls. "The stars were aligned and I'm here now."Warren, the third-overall pick in 2001, once made it to the AFC Championship game (2005with Denver). Waters? Three total playoff games. All losses. "Im overjoyed," Waters said Sunday night. "This is an unbelievable deal. This is probably the most excited I have been in a long time, since the birth of my children probably. God knows this has been unbelievable and I have been truly blessed. I appreciate my teammates and these guys welcomed me here and just gave me an opportunity to do something special.
BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:
"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.
"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.
"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.
* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.
* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.
* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.
* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.
* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.
* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.
* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.
* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.
1) Justin Verlander
Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.
2) Jose Iglesias
The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.
3) Drew Pomeranz
The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.
Jackie MacMullan thinks that if the Boston Celtics can’t make a big trade this year, Giannis Antetokounmpo is a player they could try and target next season.
Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald explains why he is more optimistic than most about the Red Sox pitching.