ALCS 2013: Red Sox announce starting rotation

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Clay Buchholz will start in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers.

Boston Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz will start Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS against the Detroit Tigersreports Buster Olney of ESPN. Left-hander Jon Lester will start Game 1 at home, and right-handers John Lackey and Jake Peavy are scheduled to take the hill in Detroit's Comerica Park in Games 3 and 4, respectively. Red Sox manager John Farrell announced his rotation on Friday, one day before the start of the series.

Buchholz, 29, missed three months of the regular season with a neck strain, but posted fantastic numbers when he did pitch. He went 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 16 starts, and allowed only four home runs in 108⅓ innings. In Game 3 of the ALDS against Tampa Bay, he allowed three runs in six innings, with all three coming on a home run by Evan Longoria; the Rays eventually won the game in the bottom of the ninth. Buchholz's only other postseason start came in the 2009 ALDS against the Los Angeles Angels, when he received a no-decision after five innings of work.

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Lackey will have to overcome his season-long struggles on the road in Game 3. The 34-year-old was 6-3 with a 2.47 ERA in 13 starts at home in 2013, but went 4-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 16 starts on the road. He did, however, perform well in two starts against the Tigers this year, allowing five runs in 14⅓ innings (3.14 ERA) overall and just two runs in seven innings in a start at Comerica. Peavy also struggled away from home this year, though part of his 5.27 road ERA came as a member of the Chicago White Sox. The series kicks off on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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