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ALCS Preview from The Sports Network



Thursday, October 17th (All times Eastern)

Boston Red Sox (5-3) at Detroit Tigers (5-4), 8:07 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Jon Lester (1-1, 1.93) Detroit - Anibal Sanchez (1-1, 4.35)

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Tigers finally got some offense going in their American League Championship Series with the Boston Red Sox. Now, they'll try to seize control of the series when they play a pivotal Game 5 at Comerica Park.

After managing just six runs through the first three games, Detroit manager Jim Leyland shook up his lineup on Wednesday and the moves paid off, as the Tigers erupted for five runs in the second inning, knocked Jake Peavy out in the fourth and let Doug Fister and the bullpen do the rest in a 7-3 triumph.

Torii Hunter replaced Austin Jackson in the leadoff spot and contributed a two-run double, while Jackson, perhaps motivated by the demotion to the No. 8 spot in the order, went 2-for-2 with two walks, two RBI and a run scored to help the Tigers even the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.

Miguel Cabrera, batting second instead of third, also had two hits, knocked in a pair and even stole a base for the reigning AL champs, who saw Fister (1-0) scatter eight hits and a walk over six innings of one-run ball.

"I think something had to be done (but)...this has nothing to do with Jim Leyland, this is about the players. They executed, they came out, they played well," Leyland said.

One Tigers player who couldn't get it going was Prince Fielder, who was 0- for-4 and failed to drive in a run in 16 straight postseason games dating back to Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS. It is the 16th longest streak of all-time.

The first LCS start for Peavy (0-1) was a forgettable one. The former Cy Young Award winner surrendered seven runs on five hits and three walks and was pulled without recording an out in the fourth.

"No excuse. It's on me," Peavy said of his rough start. "I can promise you this, we'll be back tomorrow as a ballclub, as a unit."

Boston's bullpen, though, did not allow a run after that, stretching its scoreless streak to 16 2/3 innings. The unit is pitching to a 0.74 ERA this postseason.

The Red Sox managed 12 hits -- four from Jacoby Ellsbury -- but they were 2- for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base.

Hits may be harder to come by for the Red Sox on Thursday when they go up against right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who didn't allow one over his six scoreless innings of work in Game 1.

He also struck out 12, but walked six and became the first pitcher to do that in a playoff game since Hall of Famer Walter Johnson did so in 12 innings for the Washington Senators against the New York Giants in Game 1 of the 1924 World Series. Sanchez was also only the second pitcher with at least 12 strikeouts in no more than six innings in a postseason game.

"My pitches were moving really good that day," said Sanchez, who led the AL with a 2.57 ERA this season. "I was ahead in some counts, that helped me striking them out. That was the key. That helped me that day."

The walks were a bit out of character for Sanchez, as he averaged 2.67 walks per nine innings during the regular season. In fact, over 173 career starts, he has walked five or more batters just 11 times.

"Every game is different, the pitches could be moving a lot or something like that," Sanchez said. "But I need to work on throwing strikes. The last time I threw too many away, and I don't want to do that in my next outing."

Boston, meanwhile, will hand the ball to lefty Jon Lester, who was outdueled by Sanchez in Game 1. Lester gave up just one run in 6 1/3 innings of that one, but was tagged with the loss.

He is now 0-3 lifetime in five ALCS games (3 starts) with a 3.97 ERA.

Lester has been one of the best pitchers since the All-Star break, going 7-3 with a 2.68 ERA in his final 14 starts of the season, then allowing three runs over 14 innings (1.93 ERA) against the Rays and Tigers in two postseason starts.

"Not to make it too simple, but it's been his fastball command," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "And as he's gained that consistency and the confidence with it, I think he's become a more relaxed pitcher on the mound, which enables him to pitch more freely from a physical standpoint. I think that's why we're seeing the velocity climb, and it's made his pitches more effective."

The Tigers were 4-3 against the Red Sox in 2013, winning three of four at Comerica Park in June.

10/17 10:16:27 ET

  • NFL: San Diego at San Francisco

    Tonight at 8:25 on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Monday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: NC State at West Virginia

    Tonight at 9:30 on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
Final
MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
2nd
UNCW 42
ECU 28
 
2nd
CAR 1
NYR 0
 
Half
CHA 52
UTA 39
 
9:30pm Tonight
WVU
NCSU
Final
NYK 90
PHO 99
Half
NOP 44
POR 62
 
Half
CHA 52
UTA 39
 
1st
HOU 2
ATL 0
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
SAN
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
IND
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
MIL
Final
LALAF 16
NEV 3
Final
UTEP 6
UTST 21
Final
COLST 10
UTAH 45
3rd
AFA 23
WMICH 10
 
9:15pm Tonight
BGU
SALABAMA
Final
GEOR 81
CHAR 78
Final
WKENT 67
LOU 76
Final
MICH 51
SMU 62
Final
CIN 47
VCU 68
Final
BSU 77
ABCHRIST 33
 
Final
PROV 85
UMASS 65
Final
AMER 46
MNTER 45
 
Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
Final
IUPUI 71
SALA 65
 
Final
VILL 82
SYR 77
Final
VT 64
CITA 61
Final
DUQ 79
MLOWELL 63
 
Final
FAIR 61
BEL 73
 
Final
YALE 60
GTDNS 64
 
Final
FD 76
DEL 74
 
Final
PSU 73
DREX 68
Final
UNCG 64
ELON 71
 
Final
ILL 62
MIZZ 59
Final
CAMP 90
MONT 64
 
Final
LONG 106
PSUBEAVER 74
 
Final
HOU 63
SCST 71
 
Final
FSU 75
SFLA 62
Final
BING 51
BONA 69
 
Final
RUTG 68
RFLSH 73
 
Final
MCNST 69
TOL 83
 
Final
JVU 84
TRUETT 55
 
Final
GT 65
VANDY 60
Final
INDST 56
EILL 60
 
Final
BUT 73
IND 82
Final
STEPH 94
ARTCH 57
 
Final
OREG 83
DELST 70
 
Final
Terriers 61
FATL 56
 
Final
TXARL 89
HPYN 50
 
Final
KU 96
LAF 69
Final
ARKST 67
MARS 58
Final
MEM 78
ORU 63
Final
KNST 53
UMBC 66
 
Final
NW 67
WMICH 61
Final
MIZST 65
EMICH 77
 
Final
CHIST 77
STJOE 54
 
Final
KENT 83
UCLA 44
Final
COC 68
DAVID 80
Final
RIU 69
DET 55
Final
UCR 78
HOUB 67
 
Final
MURST 89
ILLST 77
 
Final
NWST 89
LALAF 85
 
Final
WAGN 66
MON 74
 
Final
MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
Final
PITT 81
OU 77
Final
TENNM 77
PBY 60
 
Final
WYO 57
SOUTH 39
 
Final
AFA 75
UCD 81
Final
MSST 51
USCU 53
 
Final
JMU 71
HIGH 80
 
Final
TXST 90
HTILL 56
 
Final
DRAK 54
ISU 83
Final
SHU 73
UNH 60
 
Final
SCU 72
NE 78
 
Final
MSU 64
TXSOU 71
Final
UF 63
WAKE 50
Final
ND 94
PURD 63
Final
SHSU 61
PVU 44
 
1st OT
AUB 73
XAV 73
 
2nd
AKR 48
BLUFFTON 27
 
Half
DAY 39
BU 32
 
2nd
UNCW 42
ECU 28
 
2nd
CLMB 34
HOF 38
 
2nd
GMAS 45
IONA 38
 
2nd
TOWS 20
LAS 34
 
2nd
MAN 47
MRGST 48
 
2nd
CCST 45
YALE 56
 
2nd
PEPP 34
RICH 35
 
2nd
MAR 36
STJOE 47
 
2nd
KYST 39
TEXAM 32
 
2nd
MAST 49
VALPO 46
 
Half
UMKC 44
INCWORD 31
 
Half
IDST 29
CALST 32
 
1st
NIOWA 20
IOWA 24
 
1st
SIUE 17
UWMIL 18
 
1st
TEX 8
LBSU 5
 
1st
TCU 5
TXSA 5
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARK
SEMIZ
9:00pm Tonight
NCOL
JVST
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARST
LEH
 
9:00pm Tonight
NMST
NMU
 
9:00pm Tonight
WASH
OKLA
9:00pm Tonight
GRCN
STED
 
9:00pm Tonight
WEBER
WLVRN
 
9:30pm Tonight
WVU
NCSU
10:00pm Tonight
SDST
BST
10:00pm Tonight
GONZ
CPSL
10:00pm Tonight
PAC
FRES
10:00pm Tonight
PORT
MNTST
 
10:00pm Tonight
CSNO
TAMCC
 
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
SDKST
 
11:00pm Tonight
BYU
STAN
11:30pm Tonight
UNLV
UTAH
Final
LOS 4
ARI 2
2nd
CLB 1
CHI 0
 
2nd
BUF 0
COL 2
 
1st Intermission
PIT 2
FLA 1
 
2nd
CAR 1
NYR 0
 
1st Intermission
MON 1
OTT 1
 
1st Intermission
TOR 3
PHI 3
 
2nd
NYI 0
TAM 0
 
2nd
NJD 0
WAS 1
 
1st
MIN 1
NAS 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
CAL
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
STL
Final
WAS 27
PHI 24
8:25pm Tonight
SFX
SDC