Of all the numbers that will remain attached to Game 1 of the ALCS, perhaps the one the Red Sox will remember most is this: .034. With a date out there to return to the World Series, they hit a combined .034 (1-for-29) against five Detroit pitchers in their 1-0 loss at Fenway.
The Sox were home for the holiday, but their hitting game was on vacation.
“Hey, you tip your hat and give credit where it’s due,’’ said Sox right fielder Shane Victorino, one of the 11 Boston hitters not named Daniel Nava to come up emptier than a politician’s promise against Tiger pitchers. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.