Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 10/12/13
The American League Championship Series begins tonight at Fenway Park. The worst-to-first Boston Red Sox take on the defending AL champion Detroit Tigers. This is the first time Detroit and Boston, two of the major leagues most historic franchises, have met in the postseason. Detroit won the season series 4-3, but the Red Sox outscored the Tigers 43-35 including a 20-4 beat down Sept. 4 at Fenway Park. Here's how they match up: Catcher Red Sox: Jarrod Saltalamacchia led AL back stops with 40 doubles and 54 extra-base hits during the regular season. The 40 doubles set a single-season record for a Red Sox catcher. Tigers: Alex Avila hit just .227 and threw out a career low 12.2 percent of base runners this season. Edge: Red Sox First base Red Sox: Mike Napoli set career highs with 92 RBI, 129 hits, 36 doubles, 79 runs, 73 walks and 498 at-bats. Despite playing first base full time for the first time in his career, Napoli was a solid defender with 10 runs saved and a 9.7 UZ...
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