Javier Baez powers Detroit Tigers to 3-1 win over Boston Red Sox

Javier Báez took a swing.

On a 2-2 fastball from Boston Red Sox reliever Ryan Brasier, the new Detroit Tigers shortstop dropped the ball into the stands beyond the left field wall and beyond the bullpen , in the eighth round.

“It’s Javy Báez,” said Tigres veteran Miguel Cabrera. “He got it.”

The two-run home run by Báez, who signed a six-year, $140 million contract this offseason, traveled 396 feet and handed the Tigers a 3-1 win in the series opener. Monday against the Red Sox at Comerica Park.

“I was focused,” Báez said. “That’s the biggest key for me, being focused and trying to see the ball as much as possible. … For me the key is to slow everything down. I can be really focused or I can swing balls out of the Le just being focused and being patient with my plan is key.”

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