Red Sox advance to World Series

Boston Red Sox players Koji Uehara (right), Xander Bogaerts (72) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia...

Boston Red Sox players Koji Uehara (right), Xander Bogaerts (72) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrate after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:31 AM ET

The worst-to-first Boston Red Sox are going back to the World Series for the third time in the last decade.

With the stain of last season’s 69-win disaster now a faded memory, its place taken by a team populated with new heroes like Shane Victorino and Xander Bogaerts, the Red Sox dismissed the Detroit Tigers 5-2 in explosive comeback fashion Saturday to win the American League Championship Series in six games.

With the Red Sox trailing 2-1 in the seventh inning, Victorino’s second career postseason grand slam put Boston over the top and touched off a wild celebration in Boston’s Back Bay area.

Meanwhile rookie Bogaerts, who was inserted into the lineup after the fourth game, doubled and scored twice and proved to be a momentum changer in the series, going 3-for-6 with four walks in his three starts.


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