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Napoli to start Game 3, and Gomes may, too

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DETROIT — Sunday night’s stunning comeback in Game 2 saved the Red Sox from what might have been a quick exit from the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers.

What it did not change was the fact that their potent offense has looked helpless against Detroit’s starting pitching.

The Sox scored one run through the first 16 innings of the series and were 3 for 51 at the plate with 30 strikeouts. Detroit starters Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer allowed one run on two hits over 13 innings and struck out 25.

Now the Sox get Justin Verlander in Game 3 Tuesday afternoon. He threw 15 scoreless innings against Oakland in the Division Series, striking out 21.

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