The Pistons used to go through this in the 1980s. Arrive in New England and watch strange things unfold. The Tigers can relate.

In late May, when the Tigers played at Fenway Park the first time this season, an umpire missed a crucial call and series of fluky bounces. The Tigers lost three of four that series.

Now here they were again, having lost two more times at Fenway, desperate to avoid the sweep and limit the damage of a dismal, nine-game trip. It didn't look good either when the first batter Rick Porcello faced -- Jacoby Ellsbury -- hit a ground ball down the first-base line that hit the bag and bounced high over Prince Fielder's head and into the outfield.