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ALCS 2013: Red Sox beat Tigers in 6 games to capture AL pennant

Shane Victorino hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, leading the Red Sox to a 5-2 win over the Tigers in Game 6 of the ALCS, eliminating Detroit and sending Boston to their first World Series in six years.

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GIF recap: Victorino's slam sends Sox to Series

GIFs from Game 6, including Max Scherzer's mastery of nonverbal communication and Shane Victorino's grand slam.


Uehara named ALCS MVP

Uehara went 1-0 with three saves during the ALCS.


Victorino grand slam sends Red Sox to the WS

The Red Sox are headed to their first World Series since 2007.


Torii Hunter isn't loving it

And this was before Shane Victorino hit a grand slam to put the Red Sox ahead, 5-2.



Shane Victorino's slam puts Sox on cusp of Series

Jim Leyland loses the matchup game when Shane Victorino drives a grand slam over the Monster.


Stephen Drew robs Miguel Cabrera

The Detroit Tigers were threatening to add to their 2-1 lead over the Boston Red Sox in the top of the seventh inning. Detroit had Miguel Cabrera up at the plate with two runners on, but Stephen Drew made a great play on a grounder up the middle, robbing Cabrera of a hit and RBI:


Drew has played impressive defense at shortstop all season for Boston, and rewarded John Farell for placing him in the lineup despite his offensive struggles.


Tigers lead Red Sox 2-1 through 6

Victor Martinez gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead with a RBI-single in the sixth.


Prince Fielder belly flops his way to third

The Detroit Tigers took a 2-1 lead over the Boston Red Sox in the top of the fifth, but had a chance to score more runs. Brandon Workman was facing Jhonny Peralta with runners on the corners and nobody out when Peralta hit a groundball to Dustin Pedroia.

Pedroia tagged the runner heading to second base, then fired the ball home. Prince Fielder, who had been on third base, was caught in a rundown between bases.

Fielder attempted to make it back to third, but fell just short of the bag.


Not much of a slide from Fielder, more of a belly flop.


Tigers grab 2-1 lead in the sixth

The Red Sox strike first on the scoreboard, but the Tigers are quick to draw blood in the sixth inning.


Red Sox take 1-0 lead on Jacoby Ellsbury single

The Boston Red Sox struck first in Game Six of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers, scoring the first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth on a Jacoby Ellsbury two-out single.

Xander Bogaerts started the rally with a two-out double against Max Scherzer. Bogaerts crushed a two-strike offering from Scherzer to left-center field, putting a runner on second with two outs. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was impressed by the at-bat:

Ellsbury followed with the single to right field, and Bogaerts beat out the throw from Torii Hunter to score the first run of the game.



Pedroia misses home run by inches

Pedroia nearly gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead, but grounded into an inning-ending double play instead.


Red Sox, Tigers scoreless after four innings

Max Scherzer has a bumpy third inning, but he's back in strikeout shape.


Max Scherzer makes a sliding catch

Max Scherzer walked the first two batters in the bottom of the third inning, bringing Shane Victorino to the plate with two runners on. Victorino squared up to bunt, but popped the first strike he saw in the air. Scherzer made a nice sliding catch on the play, giving the Tigers their first out of the inning:


Scherzer with the face of a man working hard at his craft:



Red Sox, Tigers scoreless after 2

The Tigers set a record for strikeouts by a starting rotation in the bottom of the second.


2013 ALCS: Game 6 lineups

Alex Avila will start behind the plate for the Detroit Tigers despite sustaining a knee strain in Game 5.


Doug Fister available out of bullpen for Game 6

Max Scherzer is starting for the Detroit Tigers in Game 6, and Justin Verlander is scheduled for Game 7. Therefore, Doug Fister's schedule is pretty much clear for the rest of the weekend.

Doesn't hurt to have one more option available.


Tigers catcher Alex Avila will start in Game 6

The Detroit Tigers announced that catcher Alex Avila is good to go for Game 6 on Saturday.

Avila suffered a patellar tendon strain in his left knee after a big collision at home plate in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.



ALCS Game 6 TV info, more

The Red Sox can earn a date with the Cardinals in the World Series with a win on Saturday.


Victorino will hit right-handed remainder of ALCS

Victorino hit left-handed for the first time since Sept. 3 during Game Five of the ALCS.


Avila expects to play Saturday

Avila left Thursday's game after a collision at home plate with David Ross.


Red Sox seize 3-2 ALCS lead. GIFs inside!

Jose Iglesias was a wizard with the glove, but it wasn't enough to overcome Mike Napoli and the Red Sox.


2013 ALCS Game 5:

The Red Sox finally managed to score early, but that didn't stop Game 5 from becoming another one-run thriller.


Brayan Pena tags out the umpire, not the runner

A strong throw spins Brayan Pena around, preventing him from tagging out a hustling Will Middlebrooks.


ALCS Game 5: Red Sox 4, Tigers 2

Miguel Cabrera can't run, but he can still hit. Miggy's RBI -single put the Tigers on the board in the fifth and Brayan Pena helped Detroit pull with in two in the sixth.


Jon Lester glove flip nabs Jose Iglesias at first

Jon Lester is no longer teammates with Jose Iglesias, but it seems he was channeling the young defensive wiz's spirit when the pair faced off Thursday night.

Iglesias tapped a bunt back to the mound, and as he was busting down the line, Lester realized he was running out of time to nab the youngster at first base. After an initial attempt at gloving the ball resulted in a bobble, Lester managed to nip it in webbing and flip his glove up just enough for the ball to carry to Mike Napoli, beating Iglesias by a step.


Iglesias, of course, has been the human highlight reel of the game so far, but Lester is giving him a run for the money ... albeit in a slightly less graceful capacity.


Alex Avila strains knee in home plate collision

Tigers catcher Alex Avila left Game 5 of the ALCS with a left knee patellar tendon strain after a run-saving collision at home plate.


Jose Iglesias catch robs David Ortiz

Jose Iglesias reminds us just why he is considered one of the game's top defenders at shortstop with this catch.


ALCS Game 5: Red Sox 3, Tigers 0

Mike Napoli's second home run of the ALCS put the Red Sox on the board early.


Miguel Cabrera thrown out at home plate

The Red Sox looked like they were in deep trouble, as the Tigers had put a pair of runners on with Jhonny Peralta at the dish. With Miguel Cabrera standing on second, Peralta stroked a single to left fielder Jonny Gomes, who came up throwing. Tigers third-base coach Tom Brookens threw up a late stop sign, but Cabrera had already trundled around third, leaving him little choice but to run home.


He was about by about 10 feet.


ALCS Game 5 starting lineups

Detroit is sticking to what worked in Game 4, while Boston is hoping its top prospect can bring the offense to life.


Tigers set K record

Detroit is rolling along on the mound in the ALCS, showcased by its record-setting strikeout numbers.


Bogaerts in Game 5 lineup

The hottest Red Sox prospect might get a chance to change Boston's fortunes in their biggest game of the season.


ALCS Game 5 TV info, more

The Tigers have one of their strikeout artists on the mound in a game they need to win in order to avoid being faced with the task of taking two from the Red Sox in Boston.


Tigers even up ALCS. GIFs inside!

The Tigers scored all seven of their runs in the second and fourth innings. They even stole a couple of bases, which is a rare feat for the team. Well done.


Tigers find bats, even series

The Tigers scored more runs against Jake Peavy on Wednesday than they did against all of Boston's hurlers in the first three games of the ALCS.


Tim McCarver's birthday cake presentation

Cake, golf, cardboard boxes: All the ingredients to a wonderful birthday.


Red Sox on the board

The Red Sox finally got on the board, but the Tigers are still well on their way to evening the series.


Miggy steals a base

Miguel Cabrera just stole a base.

He had three during the regular season, so it's not exactly unheard of, but the guy is about as hobbled as it gets right now and still managed to walk into second base in the bottom of the fourth inning with Red Sox reliever Brandon Workman on the mound.


The Tigers entered Wednesday with no stolen bases in eight postseason contests. Cabrera's steal was their second of the inning.

In an event not quite as surprising, Prince Fielder struck out to end the inning, stranding the speedy Cabrera at second.

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Tigers extend lead

The Tigers added another couple of runs in the fourth inning with singles from a pair of struggling hitters.


Tigers open up 5-run lead

The Tigers put five on the board in the second inning as Jake Peavy's command betrayed him.


Tigers shake up lineup for Game 4

With Austin Jackson demoted to the eighth spot, Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera find themselves in unfamiliar territory for Wednesday's game.


Victor Martinez left Game 3 due to a cramp

It's good news for the Tigers as they escape a major injury to a key player.


Tigers hoping to pounce in Game 4

The Tigers will look to even the series at two apiece in Game Four.


Sox best Tigers 1-0 in Game 3

Pitching dominated most of the game, but a solo home run from Mike Napoli was the difference-maker in Game 3.


Napoli's HR breaks scoreless tie

The tense pitchers' duel was broken up by Mike Napoli, who launched a home run over the left field wall to give the Red Sox the lead, 1-0.


John Lackey does not want to come out

John Farrell and John Lackey had a difference of opinion.


Napoli HR gives Sox 1-0 lead

We have runs!

Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli broke the scoreless in the seventh with a thundering solo shot to left-center off of Justin Verlander:


The home run gives Boston a 1-0 lead and breaks a streak of 33⅓ scoreless postseason innings from Verlander.

Fittingly, the dinger came just a few pitches after a replay from FOX of Napoli's first big-league home run (in his first at-bat) back in 2006. That one came off of Verlander too.

John Lackey has shut down Detroit through six, but the Tigers are just one good swing away from tying things up.


Game 3 still scoreless thru 6

Both teams have gotten runners into scoring position the last two innings, but no one has been able to bring a run home.


Gomes' grounder breaks up Verlander's no-no

The Tigers' starting pitching has dominated Red Sox hitting so far in the ALCS. Justin Verlander picked up Tuesday right where Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer left off this weekend, as he no-hit the Red Sox through 4⅔ innings. Then Jonny Gomes stepped to the plate.

With two out and nobody on, Gomes bounced a weak grounder up the middle to the shortstop side of second base. Jhonny Peralta ranged back and made the play and threw to first, but Prince Fielder was unable to make the scoop.


One could argue that Peralta deserved an error for his throw, or perhaps Fielder for his failure to make the catch. But the scorer gave Gomes the infield single and Verlander's bid for his third-career no-hitter was over. Many remarked that perhaps the more sprightly Jose Iglesias would have made the play, but he is sitting the bench in deference to Peralta's bat. Verlander didn't seem worried though, as he dispatched Stephen Drew by inducing a weak ground ball to second base to end the inning.

Despite Gomes' hit, the game is still scoreless.


Tigers, Red Sox still scoreless after 4

To the surprise of no one, Justin Verlander showed no ill effects upon his return to the mound after the brief lighting delay. The light malfunction, coupled with John Lackey's quick 1-2-3 effort in the bottom of the second, meant Verlander sat for a full 24 minutes. That's really not a big deal at all, as that's basically the amount of time a pitcher will sit when his lineup has a big inning at the plate. But the guys back in the studio had to talk about something while the lights were out.


Verlander looks absolutely frightening. At one point he struck out six in a row, which ties the MLB single-game postseason record. It's just a thing  the Tigers do: Tigers' starters (Anibal Sanchez in Game 1, Max Scherzer in Game 2 and Verlander today) have struck out 31 in 17 innings so far in this ALCS, giving up only two hits among them. David Ortiz has fared best against Verlander so far, drawing a two-out walk in the first and flying out to deep left field in the fourth.


Red Sox starter John Lackey doesn't think it's such a big deal, though. He struck out four Tigers in a row himself. All you baseball purists, you admirers of the pitchers' duel, take deep breaths. This is about as pitchers' dueliest as it gets.


ALCS Game 3 scoreless thru 2

Boston's struggle to do much of anything against Detroit's starting pitchers has continued early in Game 3.


Lights go out at Comerica

The starting pitching has been fantastic so far in the ALCS, but no one expected them to be so "lights out" that the actual lights would go out. But, here we are.

The stadium lights at Comerica Park went out after the top of the second, causing Game 3 to be delayed until they can power them back up. The reports seem to indicate that it will take somewhere between 15-20 minutes for the game to get going again.

It seems strange to delay a game because of lighting issues when the sun is still out, but it seems that the stadium seems much lighter on TV than it is in person:

In the meantime, starters Justin Verlander and John Lackey have gone back into their respective clubhouses to stay loose. When it picks back up, they'll have a scoreless tie heading into the bottom-half of the second.


ALCS 2013: Game 3 starting lineups

David Ortiz helped hand the Red Sox a Game 2 win. Boston and Detroit now look to Game 3 after posting their lineups.


Verlander: Victorino trying to get hit

Victorino has been hit by a lot of pitches the past two months, and the Tigers' starter believes he may be intentionally looking to be plunked.


ALCS Game 3 TV info, more

The ALCS shifts to Detroit for Game 3 on Tuesday afternoon.


Torii Hunter as Icarus in a 450-year-old painting

Art imitates life in Game 2 of the ALCS.


Prince Fielder misses ball, makes little kid's day

In the bottom of the ninth at Fenway Park in Sunday night's ALCS Game 2, the score was tied 5-5. Boston's Jonny Gomes reached to open the inning, making it to second on an infield hit/throwing error by shortstop Jose Iglesias. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was next up to face Detroit reliever Rick Porcello.

On the 2-0 pitch he hit a foul pop that hung between the field and the first base stands. Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder lumbered over and tried to make a play on the ball, but flinched as the fans shot their hands out to try to catch the ball. Although the fans made contact with Fielder, he had already missed the ball before they touched him. Fielder escaped the E-3 for prolonging Salty's at-bat, one which would eventually result in the game-winning hit.

Still, he looked rather nonplussed about the whole thing, even after a kid in the stands took the opportunity to give him a friendly wave:



ALCS Game 2 GIF recap

Game Two of the ALCS in GIF format.


Papi's slam dooms Tigers

David Ortiz's eighth-inning grand slam helps send the Sox to a 6-5 victory over the Tigers.


Red Sox tie game on Ortiz slam

The Red Sox storm back to tie the game on David Ortiz's grand slam.


Pedroia drives in Boston's first run of the series

The Red Sox finally get on the scoreboard against Max Scherzer.


Adult steals home-run ball, throws it onto field

An adult wrestles Alex Avila's home-run ball away from a young woman, then tosses it back onto the field at Fenway Park.



Cabrera, Avila homer; Detroit leads 5-0

The Tigers score four runs to extend their lead to 5-0 and drive Clay Buchholz from the game.


Jarrod Saltalamacchia almost homers

With Max Scherzer demolishing the Red Sox' lineup so far, Jarrod Saltalamacchia's deep fly has provided Boston its lone offensive highlight of the evening.



Scherzer dominating early in Game 2

The Cy Young candidate has eight strikeouts through the first four innings.


Dustin Pedroia robs Austin Jackson

Red Sox second baseman makes a nifty play to steal a single from Detroit's Austin Jackson in the top of the third inning.



Tigers grab quick 1-0 lead in Game 2

Alex Avila's RBI single is the difference in the early going.


ALCS 2013: Game 2 starting lineups

Both teams will make changes to their starting lineups for Game 2 of the ALCS.


Tigers RP Bruce Rondon resumes throwing program

Rondon has a slim chance of returning if the Tigers make the World Series, but at least looks like he has avoided major injury.


ALCS 2013: Napoli to sit in Game 2

Napoli has struggled throughout the playoffs.


Tigers v. Red Sox: Scherzer vs. Buchholz in Game 2

Max Scherzer will attempt to give the Tigers a two-game advantage, while Clay Buchholz hopes to even the series with a win at home. First pitch is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET, with coverage of the game starting at 8 p.m. on FOX.


Tigers vs. Red Sox: ALCS Game 1 GIF recap

The only ALCS game recap featuring an Anibal Sanchez celebration, multiple Tigers baserunning gaffes and a Prince Fielder hug.


Tigers fan 17 in 1-0 win over Red Sox

Detroit set a franchise record for most strikeouts in a postseason game.


Tigers throwing a combined no-hitter through 8

Detroit pitchers have fanned 16 Boston hitters, tying the Tigers postseason record.


Tigers throwing a combined no-hitter through 7

Anibal Sanchez worked six no-hits innings, but was replaced by Al Albuquerque in the top of the seventh.


Peralta gives Detroit 1-0 lead through 6 innings

Anibal Sanchez has not allowed a hit through six innings and has struck out 12, but the Red Sox have drawn six walks.


Prince Fielder hugs Shane Victorino

Shane Victorino hit a groundout to first base to lead off the top of the sixth inning. Prince Fielder fielded the ball cleanly, and decided to give Victorino a hug instead of stepping on the bag.


Victorino did not seem to appreciate the gesture, but Fielder just needed some love, man.


Tigers make two baserunning mistakes in one inning

The Detroit Tigers squandered an opportunity in the top of the fifth, recording two outs on the basepaths and scoring zero runs despite two hits and a Red Sox error during the frame.

Jhonny Peralta led off the top of the inning with a double, but was caught in no-man's land during an Omar Infante groundout. Mike Napoli made a strong throw to second, picking off Peralta for the first out of the inning:


Alex Avila followed with a single, and Infante ended up at third thanks to an error by Shane Victorino. Jose Iglesias hit a groundball to third, and Will Middlebrooks gunned down Infante at the plate to keep the game scoreless.


Austin Jackson ended the inning with a flyout to right field.

Fans and writers following the game on Twitter were not impressed with the Detroit baserunning during the inning:

Game 1 of the ALCS remains tied at 0-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth.


Red Sox hitless through four, game tied at 0-0

Anibal Sanchez has fanned nine through four innings.


Tigers, Red Sox scoreless through 2

Anibal Sanchez has recorded five strikeouts through two innings, including four in the bottom of the first.


Sanchez strikes out four in bottom of the 1st

Anibal Sanchez pulled off a rare feat in the bottom of the first, striking out four batters against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALCS.

Sanchez punched out Jacoby Ellsbury looking, then Shane Victorino struck out on a pitch in the dirt. Alex Avila, however, couldn't handle the pitch and Victorino reached base on a dropped third strike.

Dustin Pedroia followed with a walk, putting two runners on for David Ortiz. Ortiz worked a 3-2 count, but was called out after he could not hold up on the check swing. The designated hitter disagreed with the call, but his bat appeared to go just a little too far over the plate:


Mike Napoli struck out swinging, stranding two runners. Sanchez is only the second pitcher in MLB postseason history to strike out four in the first inning, according to Mike Petraglia of WEEI. The other pitcher to strikeout four was Orval Overall, who recorded four strikeouts in Game 5 of the World Series in 1908.

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