Season starts to hot up for two top teams in the American League.
Where: Fenway Park, Boston
When: 02.00 (BST)
Boston red Sox Manager John Farrell kept his cards close to his chest when asked about his pitching rotation for the upcoming American League Championship series.
However, he did hint that Jon Lester was likely to get the nod as his starter for the first game against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park.
“After we go from there, I think we’ll take a look at things as we move forward,” Farrell said
The Red Sox started Lester in Game 1 of the ALDS, followed by John Lackey, Clay Buchholz and Jake Peavy. Lackey’s home-road splits (2.47 ERA at home, 4.48 ERA on the road) were a major factor in why he started Game 2 at Fenway as opposed to Game 3 in Florida, Farrell said last week.
The Tigers proved too good for the Oakland Athletics in the fifth game of the series with Justin Verlander starring on the mound for the victors.
Verlander allowed just two hits in eight shutout innings as the Detroit Tigers defeated Oakland 3-0 to reach the American League Championship Series for the third consecutive year.
Verlander had his no-hit bid broken up by A’s Yoenis Cespedes’ two-out single in the seventh inning.
“I can usually tell by the look on his face and his demeanor prior to a game when he’s zeroed in and locked in,” said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. “He was locked in tonight.”
The Tigers will travel to Boston’s Fenway Park to face the Red Sox in Saturday’s game one as the Major League Baseball post-season is now down to just four teams.