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The Boston Red Sox are one more win away from their first trip to the World Series since 2007.
The Sox defeated the Tigers 4-3 in an exciting Game 5 of the ALCS in Detroit on Thursday night, and will now travel back to Fenway Park for the conclusion of the series over the weekend.
Boston’s offense was ignited when Mike Napoli blasted a home run that traveled 460 feet over the center field wall for the first run of the game in the second inning. The Sox added two more runs in the second frame, then took a 4-0 lead in the third inning when Napoli scored on a wild pitch.
Detroit made it interesting with a run in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but the Red Sox bullpen pitched a scoreless two innings to end the game.
Game 6 will be on Saturday at Fenway Park.
Check out the most memorable photos from Game 5 in Detroit >>
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including 0-for-6 with six strikeouts in the AL Championship...
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In the second inning of Game 5 of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers, Boston’s first baseman sent an Anibal Sanchez pitch deep to center field and over the fence for a home run. It’s his second home run of the series, and the blast gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, the ball...
The Red Sox head back to Fenway up 3-2 in the ALCS thanks to a 4-3 win over the Tigers tonight in Detroit.
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John Farrell has noted Mike Napoli’s streakiness at various points this season. And every time, the message has been the same.
Just keep swinging.
Napoli, whose seventh-inning home run off Justin Verlander was the difference in Game 3 of the ALCS, put Boston on the scoreboard in Game 5 with a monster home run off Anibal Sanchez in the second inning. The slugger finished Thursday’s...
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Mike Napoli is absolutely on fire. Not only did he provide the game-winning blast in Game 3, but he did hit another last night in the Red Sox' 4-3 Game 5 win. Napoli was 3-for-4 last night and was one triple short of the cycle (which has never been done in the postseason). Oh, and that homer he hit? IT WENT 460 FEET.
The Boston Red Sox are one win away from reaching the World Series following a 4-3 win Thursday night over the Detroit Tigers in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. Mike Napoli’s solo shot in the second started a three-run rally for Boston. But after scoring another run in the third, Boston’s offense went quiet, and the Red Sox relied on their pitching and defense...
Mike Napoli went 3 for 4 and hit a 460-foot homer off Detroit starter
Anibal Sanchez to lead the Red Sox over the Tigers 4-3 in Game 5
of the ALCS on Thursday night at Comerica Park (Getty Images)
Start the chant, Beantown:
One! Win! Away!
The Red Sox topped the Tigers 4-3 in Game Five of the American League Championship Series...
The Red Sox have struck out 43 times, have scored just one run before the seventh inning all series and haven’t been able to produce a hit prior to the fifth inning. Yet, the Red Sox are up 2-1 on the Tigers in the ALCS and sit just two wins away from the World Series.
It’s been a very strange series dominated by pitching, which is somewhat surprising given that the two teams...
Mike Napoli's majestic homer began a rare early Boston breakthrough, Junichi Tazawa again bested Miguel Cabrera in a crucial spot and the Red Sox moved within one win of reaching the World Series by edging the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Thursday night.
Boston returns to Fenway Park with a 3-2 lead in the American League Championship Series. Game 6 is Saturday, with the Tigers'...
Assorted notes from the Boston Red Sox's 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series:
Four of the five games in this series have been decided by one run. The Red Sox lead, 3 games to 2, and even their players are frazzled.
"It's been draining," first baseman Mike Napoli said in a quiet moment after...
Jose Iglesias has been a bit of a defensive wizard this season, and during the ALCS, but he got a taste of his own medicine Thursday night during Game 5.
Iglesias laid down a bunt in the fifth inning, and Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester hustled to glove the ball and ended up bobbling it, then scooping it up with enough time to make a hands-free toss to Mike Napoli at first base for...
Following the Red Sox 1-0 victory in Game 3 of the ALCS, Fox reporter Erin Andrews interviewed Mike Napoli, whose home run was the deciding factor. She was asking him about hitting the solo shot off of Tigers starter Justin Verlander, but listen closely to what it sounds like:Read more →
Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli smashed a solo home run into the Red Sox bullpen for all the scoring in game three of the American League Championship Series. The Red Sox now lead the ALCS two games to one with game four set for today in Detroit.
Starter John Lackey was dominate for the Red Sox. He went six and two thirds innings giving up four hits and no walks while striking...
Boston leads 3-2
Gametime: Saturday 4:00 | Fenway Park | FOX/WEEI
2013 reg. season vs. Tigers: 3-4 | +8 Run differential | -2 in ALCS
Game 6 Matchup:
Max Scherzer, RHP 2013: 21-3, 2.90 ERA, 0.970 WHIP | 2013 Postseason: 2-0, 2.25 ERA, 0.875 WHIP
Clay Buchholz, RHP 2013: 12-1, 1.74 ERA, 1.025 WHIP | 2013 Postseason: 0-0, 6.17 ERA, 1.543 WHIP...
This American League Championship Series has been a great one, but it’s taken a toll on the players involved.
With all but one game decided by one run, every move has counted, meaning extreme physical and mental focus for each member of the Red Sox and Tigers.
“This is probably a reason why I don’t have any hair,” Dustin Pedroia told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports after Thursday’s...