ALCS Game 5: Red Sox at Tigers


Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (2-2)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Jonny Gomes LF
Stephen Drew SS
Xander Bogaerts 3B
David Ross C
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (15-8, 3.75; 1-1, 1.93 postseason).

TIGERS (2-2)
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Jhonny Peralta LF
Omar Infante 2B
Alex Avila C
Austin Jackson CF
Jose Iglesias SS
Pitching: RHP Anibal Sanchez (14-8, 2.57; 1-1, 4.35 postseason).

Game time: 8:07 p.m.

TV/radio: Fox / WEEI (93.7), ESPN Radio.

Red Sox vs. Sanchez: Victorino 10-46, Drew 5-22, Ross 2-12, Ortiz 3-6, Gomes 1-4, Ellsbury 0-3, Napoli 0-2, Nava 0-2, Pedroia 0-1, Middlebrooks 0-2.


Tigers vs. Lester: Hunter 13-33, Peralta 10-30, Cabrera 11-21, Fielder 5-17, Martinez 6-17, Jackson 5-17, Pena 7-17, Avila 4-9, Infante 2-9, Iglesias 1-5, Santiago 0-3, Dirks 1-2.

Stat of the Day: Take out Jacoby Ellsbury (14 of 33) and the Red Sox are 48 of 229 (.210) in the postseason.

Key matchup: The Red Sox need to get more out of many players. But David Ortiz is 1 for 15 in this series. He has two career home runs against Sanchez, and some early runs could do wonders for the Red Sox.

Notes: The series is 2-2 and this is the final game in Detroit. It’s a rainy day here, but MLB hopes to get the game in … Lester and Sanchez met in Game 1, a 1-0 Detroit victory. Sanchez did not allow a hit over six innings. He walked six and struck out 12. His slider dominated the Red Sox. Lester allowed one run on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts over 6.1 innings … Lester is 3-4, 2.41 in 10 postseason games in his career … The Sox are hitting .186 in the series (24 of 129) with only 10 runs. They have struck out 53 times. Detroit’s starters have allowed three earned runs over 27 innings and struck out 42 … The Sox have had the lead for four innings in the series … The Red Sox bullpen has thrown 13.1 scoreless innings in the series.


Song of the Day: “Swing, Swing” by The All-American Rejects.

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