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 Thursday night's game. "I get home, and I pass out. I never do that."
Even second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who lives to play in games like this, acknowledged the special intensity.
"There is probably a reason why I don't have any hair," Pedroia told me in a postgame interview on FOX. "It's stressful. You're trying to find a way. You're grinding."
Then there was closer Koji Uehara, who completed only his second five-out save of the season, retiring all five hitters he faced on 27 hitters.
How excited was Uehara by what he had done?
"I just felt exhausted," Uehara said through his interpreter. "I'm too tired to even look ...