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October 17, 2013

Detroit shakes up lineup, beats Boston

DETROIT — Jim Leyland had no big plans for Detroit’s oddest lineup card of the year.

“I’ll throw it away, unless I can sell it to some bar on the way home,” the Detroit manager said.

Torii Hunter batting leadoff and Miguel Cabrera hitting second worked well enough Wednesday night for the Tigers, who beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 to even the AL Championship Series 2-all.

Leyland used his new lineup in an effort to boost the offense after the Tigers lost 1-0 in Game 3. Slumping leadoff hitter Austin Jackson was dropped to eighth in the order, and he responded with two hits and two walks.

Detroit scored five runs in the second inning, the first coming home on a bases-loaded walk by Jackson. Hunter had a two-run double and Cabrera drove in two runs.

Jackson was 3-for-33 with 18 strikeouts in this postseason before Wednesday. He said the walk in the second inning that brought home a run put him at ease a bit.

“It was a big situation right there to try to get something done,” Jackson said. “I think after I’d seen a couple of pitches I was able to kind of just take some deep breaths and relax a little bit — and not worry so much about the result, just try to get a good pitch.”

Leyland was quick to deflect credit for the lineup switch.

“This has nothing to do with Jim Leyland; this is about the players,” Leyland said. “They executed, they came out, they played well.”

Doug Fister provided another fine outing for Detroit. He allowed a run in six innings, and the Tigers’ starting pitchers have yielded only three runs in 27 ALCS innings while striking out 42.

After blowing a 5-0 lead in Game 2, Detroit kept the Red Sox at bay Wednesday.

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