RED SOX (2-1)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Stephen Drew SS
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Pitching: RHP Jake Peavy (12-5, 4.17).
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 Doug Fister (14-9. 3.67).
Game time: 8:07 p.m.
TV/radio: Fox / WEEI, ESPN Radio.
Red Sox vs. Fister: Ortiz 5-20, Napoli 2-14, Nava 5-12, Pedroia 3-13, Ellsbury 3-8, Salty 5-11, Drew 1-9, Middlebrooks 2-5, Victorino 4-5, Gomes 1-3, Carp 0-2.
Tigers vs. Peavy: Cabrera 13-45 (3 HRs), Fielder 10-36, Peralta 7-34, Jackson 9-28, Avila 4-21, Dirks 4-18, Hunter 7-16, Santiago 2-13, Kelly 1-9, Pena 2-8, Martinez 2-7, Infante 1-5.
Stat of the Day: There have been four 1-0 games in this year’s postseason, two in the ALCS. That is tied with 1991 for the most ever.
Key matchup: Jacoby Ellsbury has been little factor in the series, going 1 for 10 and scoring one run. He has been on base three times and has yet to steal a base. If the Sox are going to generate some offense, it has to come from the top. How Fister handles Ellsbury early in the game will be significant.
Notes: The Sox lead the series, two games to one, despite scoring seven runs and going 12 for 90 (.133) at the plate with 43 strikeouts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the lowest batting average for any team through the first three games of an ALCS or NLCS. The Red Sox have not recorded a hit prior to the fifth inning in any of the first three games … Red Sox pitchers have allowed six runs over 27 innings and struck out 25. The Tigers are 5 for 27 with runners in scoring position … All three games have been decided by one run … Peavy is 4-5, 4.83 in 12 career starts against Detroit, 2-4, 6.18 in nine starts over the last three years. He faced the Tigers July 25 and allowed four runs over seven innings … Fister is 2-4, 4.36 in eight career starts against the Sox. The sinkerballer faced them twice this season and allowed six runs on 15 hits over 10.1 innings. In his last four starts against the Sox, Fister has given up 12 earned runs on 29 hits over 19 innings. But Fister did shut out the Red Sox for seven innings on Sept. 2, allowing four hits. Three double plays helped him that day … The Sox have had the lead in only four of 27 innings in the series … Prince Fielder is 8 for 29 in the postseason without an RBI. Going back to 2012, he does not have an RBI in his last 15 postseason games … Austin Jackson is 3 for 33 in the postseason with 18 strikeouts and is out of the leadoff spot. He is 1 for 13 in the ALCS … Jhonny Peralta is 10 for 24 in the postseason and Jose Iglesias 2 for 16.
Red Sox in the postseason: Ellsbury 10-28, Victorino 7-25, Pedroia 6-27, Ortiz 6-23, Napoli 3-21, Nava 2-8, Gomes 4-16, Salty 4-18, Drew 3-24, Middlebrooks 4-21, Ross 1-6, Bogaerts 0-1, Carp 0-4.
Song of the Day: “The Fourth Man In The Fire” by Johnny Cash.