Found October 17, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
Aside from Shane Victorino the Red Sox went into Game 1 of the ALCS blind against Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez. Victorino had seen him plenty of times dating back to their Phillies-Marlins days but the rest of the Boston roster had a combined 43 plate appearances against the veteran right-hander. There was very little history and it showed. With his kitchen sink approach Sanchez held the Red Sox hitless for six innings in Game 1 striking out 12 in the eventual 1-0 win. He did walk six batters in those six innings something he attributed to having a ton of movement on his pitches that night. "My pitches moved really good that day" said Sanchez on Wednesday. "When they didn't swing the ball went down ... I was ahead in the count which helped me strike them out. I think that was the key. That helped me that day." Sanchez threw a first pitch strike to only 11 of 25 batters faced in Game 1 (44.0-percent) a rate that was well below his season average (61.5...

Shane Victorino Has a Few Choice Words For Fans Before Leaving the Game

Game Four of the ALCS has not gone like the Boston Red Sox would have hoped. Detroit jumped out on top early and has not looked back. When situations like this arise there is one thing you can count on. With the safety of a big lead giving them courage the home town fans are going to be brutal to the visiting losers. @cjzero/Twitter Now I don't know for certain...

MLB Game Picks - Thursday: October 17, 2013

I did not get anything correctly yesterday. In fact, I was about as wrong as wrong could be. My faith in Joe Kelly was misplaced. And that got me thinking about why Shelby Miller is even on the Cardinals' roster. The guy did win fifteen games during the season and is more talented than Kelly. And then not to remove Kelly early and insert everybody but Miller the rest of the...

RSL Poll: Will Victorino get beaned today

The Guru Contributing Writer With the ALCS tied 1-1, great starting pitching performances from the Tigers and dramatic comebacks from the Red Sox, the series got some added juice Monday courtesy of today's Game 3 starter Justin Verlander. Shane Victorino led the league this season in hit-by-pitches with 18 during the regular season and he has been hit five times in seven...

Mike Napoli hit a 460-foot home run off Anibal Sanchez (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Mike Napoli hit a moon shot off Detroit Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez during Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday, marking his second home run of the series. Napoli’s home run came in the second and was the first run of the game. Boston added three more runs and […]

Verlander-Victorino feud brewing?

Shane Victorino has been lauded for making hay from the batter's box ever since he started hitting exclusively right-handed. But that righty stance -- or just the way Victorino stands in the box -- has some people thinking that's also why Victorino has been hit by pitches five times this postseason and an American League-leading 18 times this year (11 of which came in the...

Game 2013. Playoffs 11: Tigers at Red Sox

ALCS: Boston 3, Detroit 2. Game 5: Red Sox 4, Tigers 3. Not as close as the score would indicate… or was it? It doesn’t take much to lose a game, and in this instance I’m not talking about late-inning drama. For a game that looked like it was over after 3 innings, the Tigers had their chances. Upon chances. Let’s get the hat-tipping out of the way right away, shall we? A...

Four Real? Sox tame Tigers in ALCS Game Five 10-17-13

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) Jan-Christian Sorensen Contributing Writer Start the chant, Beantown: One! Win! Away! The Red Sox topped the Tigers 4-3 in Game Five of the American League Championship Series...

ALCS Game 5 preview

Each of the Detroit Tigers' starting pitchers has contributed a solid performance through the first four games of the AL championship series, but Anibal Sanchez was unhittable -- literally -- in Game 1. After manager Jim Leyland's lineup adjustment helped the Tigers even their series with the Boston Red Sox at two games apiece, Sanchez opposes Jon Lester in crucial Game...

ALCS: Red Sox win Game 5, take 3-2 series lead

DETROIT, MI- The most important game of the series so far, Game 5 would put the loser on the brink of elimination and give a serious advantage to either team. The Tigers looked to Game 1 winner and no-hit bidder, Anibal Sanchez while the Red Sox gave the ball to their ace, Jon Lester to deliver a key win. Things didn’t look good for the Tigers as Sanchez struggled giving up 3 runs...

Red Sox and Detroit Have Another One-Run Affair in Game 5 of the ALCS

Coming from a 7-3 win last night, the Detroit Tigers with Anibal Sanchez and Boston Red Sox with Jon Lester battled in game 5 of the American League Championship Series. Like in game 4, the scoring would start early. In the top of the 2nd inning, Boston took a 3-0 lead with a Mike Napoli homered to center field. Followed by a David Ross double scoring Jhonny Peralta. And finally Jacoby...

ALCS Game 5 Preview: Red Sox at Tigers

American League Championship Series – Game 5Boston at Detroit8:07 ET FoxJon Lester (15-8, 3.75) vs. Anibal Sanchez (14-8, 2.57)Manager Jim...
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