Found October 16, 2013 on Universal Takeover Sports Network:
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 out 8 Tigers batters.  While Lackey may have struggled on the road this season for the Red Sox he was brilliant when it matter the most. Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander now has given up just that Napoli home run in 23 postseason innings and has just one win to show for it.  If not for a single by Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes in the fifth inning, Verlander would have added to the Tigers postseason record of not allowing a hit through the first five innings of a game which still stands at three. The game four pitching match up features Jake Peavy(12-5, 4.07ERA) on the mound for the Red Sox.  Doug Fister(14-9, 3.69 ERA) will toe the slab for the Tigers. Peavy is quite familiar with the Tigers having pitched for the Chicago White Sox for several seasons before being traded to the Red Sox in July.  In a fairly uncommon three team trade Chicago sent Peavy to the Red Sox.  As part of the deal the Red Sox sent shortstop Jose Iglesais to the Tigers.  The Tigers sent outfielder Avisail Garcia to the White Sox.  Some minor league players were also involved in the deal. Even though the ALCS matches the two top scoring teams in the American League runs have been at a premium. The Tigers especially have had trouble generating runs. Tigers lead off  hitter Austin Jackson is once again mired in a deep slump at exactly the wrong time.  He’s hitting less than .100 in this postseason. In the eighth inning of game three of the ALCS  Jackson and outfielder Torii Hunter were on first and second with one out for the Tigers. Due up were Tigers sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.  It took the Red Sox relievers just seven pitches to strike them out and end the Tigers best threat at scoring. In an attempt to get more run production Tigers manager Jim Leyland has shuffled the lineup for game four. Right fielder Torii Hunter now is batting in the lead off position followed by third baseman Miguel Cabrera, first baseman Prince Fielder, designated  hitter Victor Martinez, left fielder Jhonny Peralta, catcher Alex Avila, second baseman Omar Infante, center fielder Austin Jackson and shortstop Jose Iglesias.  Essentially Jackson is dropped to eighth in the batting order and everyone else moves up a spot. The only change in the Red Sox lineup for game four is that Daniel Nava replaces Jonny Gomes in left field. Game four of the ALCS will be on FOX at 8pm ET tonight. Follow me on twitter @mullysalt     The post ALCS Game 4: Fister and Tigers Try to Even the Series appeared first on UTSN - The Universal Takeover Sports Network.
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