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A.L.C.S. Game 5: Red Sox vs. Tigers, 7 p.m. CT

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Just one baseball game tonight, in a series that has had three one-run games and two 1-0 games among its first four.

Mike Ehrmann

So the ALCS has become a best-of-three series, with one game remaining in Detroit and at least one more left in Boston.

Tonight is a rematch of the Game 1 starters, with Jon Lester facing Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez and Tigers relief pitching outdueled the Red Sox 1-0 in Game 1, giving up just one hit, but I'd think Sanchez would want to not throw 116 pitches in six innings again.

And for all that's holy, can we stop Jim Leyland from those constant trudges to the mound to get the platoon advantage? He's starting to remind me of Dale Sveum in his bullpen management. Sometimes it works (Game 4), sometimes it doesn't (Game 2). Just stop already. Maybe Sanchez can throw a complete game tonight.

If the Tigers win, the series momentum (for whatever that's worth) belongs to them, with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander scheduled for Games 6 and 7.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Jon Lester 15-8 33 33 1 1 0 0 213.1 209 94 89 19 67 177 3.75 1.29


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Anibal Sanchez 14-8 29 29 1 1 0 0 182.0 156 56 52 9 54 202 2.57 1.15

Red Sox/Tigers game time: 7 p.m. CT. TV: Fox. Announcers: Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, Ken Rosenthal, Erin Andrews.

MLB.com Gameday for Tigers/Red Sox

Baseball-reference.com game preview for Tigers/Red Sox

SB Nation game preview for Tigers/Red Sox

SB Nation Tigers site: Bless You Boys

SB Nation Red Sox site: Over The Monster

This will serve as your one and only game thread for today's game. Enjoy, and discuss amongst yourselves.