Justin Verlander helps make it official: Red Sox to take on Tigers in American League Championship Series

October 10, 2013 - 7:34 pm

The Tigers earned the right to play the Red Sox in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series, beating the A'€™s, 3-0, behind a standout pitching performance by Justin Verlander. Detroit, which claimed a 4-3 advantage over the Red Sox in the teams'€™ regular season series, travel from Oakland to Boston, where it will prepare for Game 1 at Fenway Park Saturday at 8:07 p.m. Following the series opener '€“ which figures to pit Sox starter Jon Lester against the Tigers'€™ Anibal Sanchez '€“ the teams will play Game 2 at Fenway, starting at 8:15 p.m. The rest of the series will follow this schedule: Game 3, Tuesday at Detroit, 4:07 p.m.; Game 4, Wednesday at Detroit, 8:07 p.m.; Game 5, Thursday (if necessary) at Detroit, 8:07 p.m.; Game 6, Saturday, Oct. 19 (if necessary), at Boston, 4:37 p.m. (shifts to 8:07 p.m. if NLCS is completed); Game 7, Sunday, Oct. 20 (if necessary), at Boston, 8:07 p.m. Verlander finished his night pitching eight innings, surrendering just two hits while striking out 10 and walking one. The righty starter retired his first 16 batters before issuing a one-out walk to Josh Reddick in the sixth inning. Yoenis Cespedes notched the A'€™s first hit on a ground ball up the middle with two outs in the seventh inning. The Tigers'€™ first offensive strike came in the fourth inning, when Miguel Cabrera took Oakland starter Sonny Gray over the left field wall for a two-run home run. The blast scored Torii Hunter, who had managed the game'€™s first hit in the previous at-bat. The third Detroit run was plated in the sixth inning on Omar Infante'€™s fielder'€™s choice ground out to third base off reliever Dan Otero, scoring Victor Martinez from third. Gray was charged with three runs over his five innings, striking out three, walking four and giving up six hits. For more on how the Red Sox matchup with the Tigers, click here.