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BOSTON - Teams that advance this deep into the post-season rarely have glaring deficiencies and when it comes to their respective starting staffs and in the offensive lineups of the Red Sox and Tigers, theyre difficult to find. That also goes for each clubs closer in Detroits Joaquin Benoit and Koji Uehara of Boston. Dig a little deeper into those bullpens, though, and you understand why both managers expect their stud starters – Bostons Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey and Jake Peavy and Detroits Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Doug Fister – to pitch deep into each game. Quite frankly, their managers need them to. “Hopefully our starters match up to theirs and I think that will be one of the keys in this series for us,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “I cant speak for what Jim is thinking about with his own team. Our ability for our starters to keep the game under control will be pivotal for us.” “I think this series, like most series to be honest with you, everybody talks about the bullpen but when you get in the short series, just like the other night, we didnt use our bullpen,” said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. “I think this will be a starting pitching series, with the exception of the ninth inning, most likely. Youre going to see Lester and Lackey and Peavy and those kinds of guys.” Despite the success of the back end, Detroit and Boston each sported relief corps which finished in baseballs bottom 10 in bullpen ERA. The Red Soxs 3.70 ERA came in at 21st and the Tigers were even worse, finishing 24th with a 4.01 ERA. Theres a reason Leyland went to ace Max Scherzer late in the crucial fourth game of the Tigers Division Series against Oakland, facing elimination. “They might have a little more depth, maybe,” said Leyland. “A little more – maybe a slight edge in getting to (the closers,) although I feel very comfortable with our bullpen.” “Weve got some guys that we trust late in the game,” said Farrell. “Whether its Craig (Breslow,) or Junichi (Tazawa) and certainly Koji at the end. But we feel weve got matchup ability and guys tested more recently in this series.” Canadian Ryan Dempster, 36, agreed to a move to the bullpen in mid-September and is an option available to Farrell. Dempster spent four seasons (2004-2007) as a closer for the Cubs. The Tigers like left-handed set up man Drew Smyly and with good reason. He posted a 2.37 ERA and 1.039 WHIP in 63 appearances this season. Hell be tested in this series, however, with Bostons solid right-handed nucleus of Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli and Jonny Gomes, possibly off the bench. Beyond Smyly, its a hodgepodge. Right-hander Al Alburquerque has the stuff but he walked 34 hitters in 49 innings. Left-hander Phil Coke, added to the roster in time for the ALCS, had a disastrous season. Fifth starter, right-hander Rick Porcello, will be available in a long role. Benoit locked down 24 of 26 save opportunities this season. Uehara converted 21 of 24 on the year and was a virtual lock after taking over as closer when Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey got hurt. Each has two saves in the post-season and neither has blown a game, although Uehara did surrender the walk-off home run to Tampa Bays Jose Lobaton, breaking the 3-3 deadlock in the third game of Bostons division series with the Rays. “I think both managers are hoping that the bullpen, unless its real late, is not as significant maybe,” said Leyland. Then Leyland added perhaps the most obvious statement. “If our starters arent good, were not going to win this series and probably the same for them.” دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
. Dallas (2-0-1) sits atop the Western Conference with an MLS-best seven points. Castillo opened the scoring in the 71st minute off a Mauro Diaz set piece, and Watson outran defender Tony Lochhead on a long ball and then juked goalkeeper Ian Kennedy for the eventual game-winner in the 78th minute. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
.ca. Kerry, In Mondays Habs/Bruins game, there were three questionable/brutal calls against the Habs late in the game - Tomas Plekanec, then Douglas Murray, then Brendan Gallagher. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
. And while taking highly-touted Simon Fraser offensive lineman Matthias Goossen second overall on Tuesday night will definitely help in an area of need for the club, it was a swap of draft picks that may prove to be his most shrewd move. "When Jesse Briggs started to fall a little bit, you could just see Kyle perk up in his chair. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
. The game got off to a less-than-ideal start for the Jets as Oliver Ekman-Larsson found a wide open net from the slot and opened the scoring for the Coyotes a lead in the first period, but Olli Jokinen answered back just over half a minute later. دیدن لینک ها برای شما امکان پذیر نیست. لطفا ثبت نام کنید یا وارد حساب خود شوید تا بتوانید لینک ها را ببینید.
. CEO Steve Koonin on Tuesday told the Hawks flagship radio station that he made the decision to discipline Ferry but allowed him to keep his job managing the team. He did not say what the punishment was, but noted that he relied on a law firms three-month investigation of Ferry and him describing Deng as someone who has a little African in him.It looks like star Canadian running back Jon Cornish will make his much anticipated return to the Calgary Stampeders lineup this Sunday against the Ottawa Redblacks. Cornish as well as fellow Canadian running back Matt Walter participated in full practice for the first time on Friday and both are expected to return this weekend barring any setbacks. The 29-year-old Cornish has been out of the lineup since Week 1 when he suffered a concussion from a hit by Montreal Alouettes linebacker Kyries Hebert. He was knocked out for a short time on the play. Walter, 25, also suffered a concussion earlier this season against the Edmonton Eskimos. Cornish won the CFLs most valuable playeer award last year after leading the league in rushing.dddddddddddd With the return of the Canadians to the lineup, slotback Nik Lewis is expected to be back as well. Lewis was listed as a healthy scratch the past two weeks due to national-international ratio rules. In other injury news, Demonte Bolden will replace Micah Johnson on the defensive line after he injured his knee against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week. Wide receiver Maurice Price is a "maybe" according to head coach John Hufnagel while Jeff Fuller will miss the game after suffering a dislocated shoulder against Hamilton. Sederrik Cunningham might get a chance to play in his absence. ' ' '


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