DETROIT — Bye, bye, Motor City. Later, Kid Rock.
The beard-happy, whisker-grabbing Red Sox soared out of town early Friday after they went back on top in the American League Championship Series thanks in large measure to a sensational son of Osaka, Koji Uehara, and his countryman from Yokohama, Junichi Tazawa.
Oh, and a guy who learned everything he knows about pitching and molecular physics in Connecticut: Craig Breslow.
Together, the trio helped nail down a 4-3 victory in Game 5 for a 3-2 edge in the ALCS, putting the Sox in position to secure an invitation Saturday to their third World Series of the young century. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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