Koji Uehara named ALCS MVP

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

Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara was named the 2013 ALCS MVP after closing out Game Six of the ALCS. The Red Sox won the deciding game 5-2, winning the series over the Detroit Tigers, four games to two.

Uehara played a key role in all four Red Sox victories. The reliever earned the first Red Sox win of the series in Game Two by tossing a scoreless top of the ninth. Boston trailed 5-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth, but David Ortiz cracked a game-tying grand slam in the eighth, setting up a Red Sox walk-off in the ninth.

The closer earned saves in the other three Red Sox victories, including two one-run saves in Game Two and Game Five. Uehara pitched more than one inning during both of those games, recording a five-out save in Game Two and a four-out save in Game Five.

Uehara worked around a two-out single during Game Six, striking out Jose Iglesias to end the game and send Boston to its first World Series since 2007:

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Overall, Uehara went 1-0 with three saves in three chances, striking out nine batters over six scoreless innings.

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