Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/13/13
8 a.m. ET: The Tigers won Game 1 behind a superb performance by Anibal Sanchez and four relievers. Detroit now has Max Scherzer going in Game 2 and Justin Verlander waiting in the wings for Game 3. For most teams, that would signify that the end is near. The Red Sox are unlike most teams, though, as Boston tends to play its best baseball when its back is against the wall. The Red Sox’ backs certainly are against the wall. Scherzer won 21 games during the regular season and is the favorite to land this year’s Cy Young award, while Verlander, who is considered one of the best pitchers in baseball, hasn’t given up a run in 27 innings. It’s a difficult spot for Boston, especially given its poor offensive performance in Game 1. “Resilient” is a key word that’s been attached to the Red Sox all season. Just when you think the Sox have been dealt a crushing blow, they manage to defy the odds and turn the tide in their favor. Clay Buchholz will look to spearhead another “resilient” effort Sunday, although it’s up to the offense to bounce back after posting a goose egg in Game 1. Sunday’s first pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. Be sure to keep it right here for updates throughout the day and into the night. Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Headlines, Live Blog, Ricky Doyle

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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