Detroit Tigers defeat Boston Red Sox, 4-3

DETROIT -- The easy excuse would be to blame it on David Ortiz's nutty last month in Anaheim, Calif.

Maybe Ortiz could have made a difference last night if he were playing rather than finishing his five-game suspension somewhere in the Motor City. Ortiz hardly could have fared worse than Orlando Cabrera, who replaced him in the Red Sox batting order and went hitless in five at-bats as his Sox average plunged to .095 (2 for 21).

That would be the easy excuse. And maybe a...