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When the scheduled pitching matchups for the ALCS were announced, Game 3's slate of Justin Verlander versus John Lackey looked like one to circle. This could be a potential mismatch, right? Verlander is one of the best pitchers in baseball and has been dominant during the playoffs. Lackey was the Red Sox's third-best starting pitcher and gave up four runs to the Rays in his previous postseason outing.  So naturally, Lackey won the pitching duel with Verlander Tuesday afternoon at Comerica Park. Just as anyone would've guessed. The right-hander didn't allow a run, gave up only four hits, had no walks and eight strikeouts over 6.2 innings. That led Boston to a 1-0 win over the Tigers and a 2-1 series lead in the ALCS.  Yet Lackey's performance shouldn't have been completely unexpected. He had a 3.52 ERA during the season, the lowest mark in his past five seasons. The Tigers are a free-swinging team that doesn't work counts, nor do they present any...
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