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Jim Leyland shook up the lineup. The Detroit Tigers broke out the bats.
Cause-effect? Or coincidence? The Tigers and their fans don't care. All they know is that the American League Championship Series is now tied at two games apiece.
And the Tigers have their best three pitchers lined up for the next three games.
Austin Jackson reached base four times and the Tigers scored five runs in the second inning Wednesday night on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Game 5 is set for Thursday night at Comerica Park with the series scheduled to return to Fenway Park in Boston for Game 6 on Saturday and if necessary Game 7 on Sunday. The Tigers have Anibal Sanchez Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander lined up to pitch those three games.
The Tigers beat up on right-hander Jake Peavy who the Red Sox acquired in the trade that brought Jose Iglesias to Detroit and sent outfielder Avisail Garcia to the Chicago White Sox. To be fair Peavy caused plenty of proble...
BEST OF MAXIM
Once the second inning rolled around Wednesday, Game 4 of the ALCS felt like a blowout. The Tigers put together a five-run inning, then shortly thereafter they added two more, and though the Red Sox did what they could to chip away, the Tigers at no point felt threatened as they coasted to a series-evening victory. But there is one interesting quirk: while the Tigers wound up winning...
Ah, so many things wrong with Game 4 of the ALCS, where do we begin? I for one think there’s some blame to place. So let’s place it.
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I normally stick up for Peavy, but I can’t stick up for last night. His ALDS performace led everyone to believe that he showed up for the postseason. But it’s pretty hard to watch a pitcher walk...
I wanted that one.
Having a 3-1 leg up on the Tigers and needing to win only one against Sanchez, Scherzer and Verlander sounded about right. We could do that, I figured. Especially with two of those games happening at Friendly Fenway, where the magic happens. Except when it doesn’t.
Instead, Jake Peavy picked the absolute worst moment to **** the bed, falling into an abyss in...
Three thoughts on the Detroit Tigers' 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series:
1. Lineup of the future?
Judging by the reaction on Twitter, some sabermetricians practically wept with joy when Tigers manager Jim Leyland dropped Austin Jackson from first to eighth and moved most of his other hitters up one spot...
Sure the Red Sox are batting .133 (12-for-90) in the ALCS.
Sure they only have two runs and six hits off Tigers starting pitchers (21.0 innings pitched).
Sure they have struck out 43 times in 90 at-bats.
But all that matters at this point is one stat: 2-1. That’s the series lead held by the Boston Red Sox.
They will attempt to extend that...
Detroit manager Jim Leyland is shaking up his lineup before Game 4 of the AL championship series.
Torii Hunter will bat leadoff for the Tigers and Miguel Cabrera is hitting second. Slumping outfielder Austin Jackson - the usual leadoff hitter - has been dropped to eighth in the order.
Detroit trails 2-1 in the series after losing 1-0 in the Game 3. The Tigers have gotten great...
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is considering using designated hitter Victor Martinez as the starting catcher in Game 6 of the ALCS in Boston on Saturday.
Leyland's usual starting catcher, Alex Avila, is day-to-day with a strained left knee suffered in a home-plate collision during Thursday's Game 5 loss to the Red Sox.
"That's been thought about, yes,"...
Churn, baby, churn.
Jim Leyland said Wednesday that he wanted to “churn up the butter a little bit,” which led to a shuffled lineup against Jake Peavy in Game 4 of the ALCS. Leyland’s batch of better butter wasted no time getting on a roll, as the Tigers scored five times in the second inning en route to a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox.
Leyland’s biggest change to Detroit’s...
Say this for Dustin Pedroia: The man stays in character even on a night an uncharacteristic bobble by the Red Sox second baseman figured prominently in Boston's 7-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night.
That became abundantly clear when Pedroia who'd already shouldered the responsibility for his failure to turn...
John Lackey pitched a heck of a game. No matter how unlikable the guy is to anyone outside of Boston for his body language, his past or his continued carping to the press about PED users, he beat Justin Verlander at his best. And Verlander was crazy good. Eight innings, four hits, ten strikeouts and one run. That one run though was enough for Lackey who completely shut down the...
By DANA WAKIJIFOXSportsDetroit.com
DETROIT -- As Tigers manager Jim Leyland said, "We had to do something."
That something was moving Austin Jackson out of the leadoff spot to eighth in the lineup for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday.
"I think I"m actually doing Austin Jackson a favor," Leyland said. "I think he's...
At first it appeared like it was going to be another hard fought, well-pitched game with Jake Peavy on the mound for the Red Sox and Doug Fister for the Tigers. Boston managed a hit in the first inning and another in the second, but failed to do anything with the runners.
Detroit was three up, three down in the first, but than the second; well, in the second it got a little...
Erin Andrews‘ job for the 2013 ALCS is, for the most part, to stand in front of a camera and chat with players or fellow broadcasters. There aren’t too many rules in place but one major no-no is getting names wrong.
Apparently, that’s too much to ask.
Andrews had a rough Game 3 in Detroit, first calling Detroit skipper Jim Leyland “Joe Leyland” and, in a postgame interview...
A revitalized Austin Jackson delivered in manager Jim Leyland's
revamped lineup as the Detroit Tigers built a big lead and held on
this time, beating the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Wednesday night to even
the AL championship series 2-2.