ALCS: Welcome to Fenway Park

ALCS: Welcome to Fenway Park
October 19, 2013, 4:15 pm
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BOSTON -- The lights are on at Fenway Park, the air is crisp, and anticipation is high as the Red Sox get ready for Game 6 of the ALCS against the Tigers and a chance to win the 13th American League pennant in franchise history.

The Sox lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2, and can clinch a World Series berth -- their third in the last 10 seasons -- with a victory tonight.

So as we wait for the first pitch, here are some tidbits to pass the time . . .

-- Mike Napoli has 6 hits in last 10 at-bats, starting with his seventh-inning home run in Game 3. Those six hits include two doubles and two homers.

-- Jon Lester's victory in Game 5 Thursday night was his fourth postseason win, enabling him to break a tie with Babe Ruth and Bruce Hurst for most postseason victories by a Red Sox left-handed pitcher.

-- Koji Uehara's five-out save in Game 5 was the second five-out save in Red Sox postseason history. Jonathan Papelbon recorded the first, in the clinching fourth game of the 2007 World Series against the Rockies.

-- The Sox, who scored an MLB-best 5.3 runs per game in the regular season, batted .293 and scored seven runs in Games 4 and 5 in Detroit, after going 12-for-90 (.133 AVG) with seven runs scored in Games 1-3.

-- This is the first time the Red Sox have ever held a 3-2 lead after five games of an ALCS. They were swept by the A's in 1988 and '90 and never got to a fifth game; they lost the 1999 ALCS in five games to the Yankees; and they trailed 3-2 in 1986 against the Angels, in both 2003 and '04 against the Yankees, in 2007 against the Indians and in 2008 against the Rays.

-- Heading into tonight, the Sox are 5-0 all-time in Game 6 of an ALCS. Two of those games -- '86 against the Angels and '07 against the Indians -- were at Fenway Park.

-- In their postseason history, including World Series, the Sox are 9-3 in Game 6. Their three Game 6 losses were to the Mets -- the Bill Buckner game -- in the 1986 World Series, to the Cardinals in the 1946 World Series, and to the New York Giants in the 1912 World Series.