Found October 17, 2013 on Universal Takeover Sports Network:
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland  juggled his lineup for game four Wednesday night at Comerica Park and it produced immediate results. The Tigers slumping bats came alive and helped then to tie the American League Championship Series at two games a piece with a, 7-3, win. The Tigers new lineup didn’t automatically mean they would score runs but it did increase their probability to be successful. Center fileder Austin Jackson was dropped from his familiar spot at the top of the Tigers lineup to the eight hole. He was in such a slump that his postseason batting average was below .100 and he was striking out at an alarming rate. A more relaxed Jackson responded with a huge game. He had two hits, two walks, two RBIs and scored a run. As Jackson goes so goes the Tigers as they are far more successful when he is hitting the ball well. With the ALCS now tied at two games each the Tigers again host the Boston Red Sox in a pivotal game five tonight.  The game features a rematch of game one starters; Anibal Sanchez(15-9, 2.67 ERA) of the Tigers and Jon Lester(16-9, 3.84 ERA) of the Red Sox. Leyland made a minor change to the Tigers lineup for game 5 switching catcher Alex Avila and second baseman Omar Infante. Avila will now bat seventh and Infante sixth against Lester. In game one Sanchez was borderline wild walking six batters but he struck out 12 and didn’t give up a hit in his six innings of work. With the Tigers inconsistent bullpen Sanchez has to have better control to pitch deeper into the game. If he is able to be successful it will limit the exposure of the Tigers bullpen. That is much easier said than done against the Red Sox and their lineup.  The Red Sox are not only the best hitting team in the American League they take the most pitches as well.  The numbers of pitches they see decrease the amount of innings a starter can work.  This is the match up to watch as game five unfolds. With Tigers second baseman Omar Infante, Jackson and shortstop Jose Iglesias at the bottom of the lineup it gives them a new look. Long have the Tigers been referred as a station-to-station lineup meaning it may take three or four hits to score a run.  With these three making up the bottom third of the Tigers lineup it brings a speed element to it. Lester nearly equaled Sanchez’s effort in game one giving up just one run in six and two thirds innings. The Red Sox will have Gomes in left field, David Ross at catcher and Xander Bogaerts at third base tonight.   Gomes will bat sixth, Bogaerts eighth and Ross ninth for the Red Sox. Fox will carry game five tonight at 8pm EDT. You can follow me on twitter @mullysalt     The post ALCS Game 5: Teams Seek Edge With Series Tied appeared first on UTSN - The Universal Takeover Sports Network.

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