RED SOX (3-2)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Jonny Gomes LF
Stephen Drew SS
Xander Bogaerts 3B
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (12-1, 1.74; 0-0, 6.17 in the postseason).
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Jhonny Peralta LF
Alex Avila C
Omar Infante 2B
Austin Jackson CF
Jose Iglesias SS
Pitching: RHP Max Scherzer (21-3, 2.90; 2-0, 2.25 postseason).
Game time: 8:07 p.m.
TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI, ESPN Radio.
Red Sox vs. Scherzer: Ortiz 7-17, Pedroia 5-20, Ellsbury 5-11, Saltalamacchia 5-15, Drew 2-13, Napoli 1-13, Victorino 3-12, Carp 2-11, Nava 1-9, Gomes 2-9, Middlebrooks 1-8, Ross 1-4.
Tigers vs. Buchholz: Hunter 4-27, Cabrera 6-24, Jackson 5-22, Peralta 6-20, Avila 5-11, Infante 3-11, Fielder 2-9, Martinez 2-8, Dirks 2-5, Kelly 1-5, Santiago 0-5.
Stat of the Day: The Sox are 5-0 in sixth games of the ALCS, 2-0 at home.
Key matchup: The Sox have done a good job of containing Cabrera, who is 5 of 18 in the series with one extra-base hits and four RBIs. Cabrera was 1 for 3 against Buchholz in Game 2 with a solo home run that started a four-run inning.
Bullpen dominance: Red Sox relievers have allowed three runs over 28 innings in the postseason. In the ALCS they have given up one run on 12 hits over 17 innings with eight walks and 12 strikeouts. Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa and Craig Breslow have allowed one run over 9.2 innings in the series. Rookie Brandon Workman has thrown 3.2 scoreless innings in three postseason appearances.
Notes: The Sox are a win away from the World Series and have two chances at home to win one game. ... Buchholz and Scherzer met in Game 2 at Fenway. Buchholz allowed five runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings. Scherzer gave up one run on two hits over seven innings and struck out 13. Scherzer left with a 5-1 lead that the Detroit bullpen lost. ... The Sox are 6-3 in the postseason, outscoring the Rays and Tigers 40-28. ... Fielder is 9 for 37 in the postseason with one extra-base hit and no RBIs. He has gone 17 postseason games without driving in a run. ... Detroit's starters have a 1.64 ERA in the first five games, allowing six earned runs over 33 innings. ... The Red Sox offense is 22 of 75 (.293) in the last two games with seven runs and nine extra-base hits. The Sox were 12 of 90 (.133) in the first three games of the series with seven runs and four extra-base hits. They also struck out 43 times. ... Napoli is 6 of his last 10 with two doubles and two homers. ... Drew is 1 of his last 25.
Red Sox in the postseason: Ellsbury 15-37, Victorino 8-35, Pedroia 9-36, Ortiz 7-32, Napoli 8-29, Nava 3-11, Gomes 4-21, Salty 6-22, Drew 3-32, Middlebrooks 4-23, Ross 3-9, Bogaerts 2-5, Carp 0-6.
Song of the Day: "Future Days" by Pearl Jam.