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BOSTON -- Drew Pomeranz is looking for a do-over after his rocky Boston Red Sox debut last Wednesday. Niklas Hjalmarsson Jersey .The former San Diego Padres southpaw was all but sharp in his first start after being traded to Boston July 14, giving up five runs on eight hits in three innings against San Francisco.I was going along pretty good there through the first three (innings), Pomeranz said. I made some bad fastball-location pitches, and they made me pay for it.On Monday, the first-time All-Star faces an easier challenge as the Detroit Tigers come to town in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.Pomeranz (8-7, 2.83 ERA) would certainly like to borrow some of the run support Boston gave Rick Porcello in Sundays 8-7 win over Minnesota.Porcello wasnt at his best, giving up five runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings, but three-run homers from Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw helped him improve to 10-0 at home this year.Boston (55-41) couldnt gain any ground on American League East-leading Baltimore, which earned a 5-3 win over Cleveland to remain 1 1/2 games up in the standings.The Red Sox have been the majors hottest team in July, going 13-5 in the month while homering in 15 consecutive games.Pomeranz has never started against the Tigers, but has made one relief appearance against them, pitching a scoreless inning.No current Detroit batter has more than five at-bats against Pomeranz, with Justin Upton going 2-for-5 with two walks and a pair of punch outs.Detroit lost not once, but twice Sunday after dropping a pair of one-run contests against the Chicago White Sox.The Tigers fell 4-3 in the conclusion of a suspended game earlier Sunday before losing 5-4 on Melky Cabreras walk-off single in the second game, 5-4.Meanwhile, Tigers star Miguel Cabrera was hitless in six at-bats in the last two games against Chicago.Its nothing different than what happens to other hitters, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said, it just happens to Miguel Cabrera less often than it does with other hitters.Despite the losses, Detroit (51-48) remains in striking distance of Cleveland in the AL Central, trailing the Indians by six games.In the wild card race, the Tigers face only a four-game deficit, with three teams -- Boston, Toronto and Houston -- ahead of them.Justin Verlander (9-6, 3.74 ERA) counters Pomeranz for the Tigers and hopes he can reignite the Fenway magic he experienced last season.Verlander threw eight one-run inning in a no-decision at Fenway last July 24, and hes been strong ever since, posting a 14-11 record with a 3.11 ERA in 231 2/3 innings dating back to that outing.Last time out, Verlander gave up one run on two hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in an eight-inning no-decision Wednesday against the Twins.Prior to that, Verlander notched his fourth 10-strikeout game of the season in a win at Kansas City, lasting seven innings while surrendering two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and two free passes.The former AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner is 3-5 with a 3.16 ERA in 13 career starts against Boston. At Fenway, Verlander is 2/3 with a 3.56 ERA in eight starts.David Ortiz has hit Verladner particularly well, going 11-for-29 (.379) with two home runs and four RBI, but has nine strikeouts against him.Aaron Hill is 5-for-16 (.313) with two RBI lifetime against Verlander, while Dustin Pedroia has struggled to the tune of a 1-for-18 (.056) clip vs. Verlander. Brett Hull Jersey . All of the scoring came in the final 20:04. Lucic scored on a power play at 15:46 of the third period, when he tipped a shot over Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for a 3-1 lead. Jakob Chychrun Jersey . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. . -- There were so many positives from the Orlando Magics first victory of the season that it was hard for coach Jacque Vaughn to stop praising his players. MADRID -- Barcelona players are unusually downbeat ahead of one of their most important games of the season.The Catalan club will enter the first clasico of the season against Real Madrid filled with doubts after a couple of disappointing performances in the Spanish league.Barcelona was outplayed throughout the 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad on Sunday for its second consecutive setback in the league. It had also been held to a 0-0 home draw against Malaga in the previous round.The results left the two-time champions six points behind Madrid ahead of Saturdays much-anticipated game at Camp Nou.It was a day when very few things worked, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said after the draw against Sociedad. The team didnt play in the first half. We improved in the second, but it will be very difficult to win La Liga playing like this.Sundays performance left Enrique welcoming the draw, while admitting that Barcelona was dominated by its opponent, something that doesnt happen very often to the European powerhouse.We played our worst match of the season. The opponents were far superior, he said. Football is so special that we almost won with a chance ... but it wouldnt have been fair.Barcelona escaped an even worse result because a second-half goal by Sociedad was incorrectly disallowed for offside. The hosts also were denied by the woodwork twice near the end of the game.When an opponent plays better we have to admit it, Barcelona defender Jordi Alba said.Enrique said things must change for the clasico, when a loss would leaave Barcelona nine points behind Madrid and in a difficult position to try to win the title for a third straight time. Jason Demers Jersey. Even a draw would not be a good result considering the rivals advantage.We are still in the 13th round, you cant discount the two-time defending champions. There is still a long way to go, Enrique said. We will play against the leader and the direct matchups could be decisive. We will be at home and things will be different.Barcelona lost to Madrid the last time the teams played at Camp Nou, a result that brought Madrid back into the title hunt with only a few rounds left last season. The loss also put an end to Barcelonas 39-game unbeaten streak.Now its Madrid coming in with the league lead and an unbeaten run. Zinedine Zidanes team hasnt lost in 31 matches, dating back to a 2-0 setback at Wolfsburg in the Champions league last season.The game against Madrid is one everybody wants to win, Alba said. If we win it, we are right back in the fight for La Liga.Before the clasico, Barcelona makes its Copa del Rey debut by playing at Hercules in the first leg of the competitions round of 32 on Wednesday. Luis Enrique is expected to rest nearly all of his top players.Madrid plays the second leg against Cultural Leonesa on the same day and is also expected to play with second-stringers. It won the first game 7-1.---Tales Azzoni on Twitter: ' ' '