Red Sox's Lackey outduels Tigers' Verlander in Game 3

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey throws against the Detroit Tigers during Game 3 of the...

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey throws against the Detroit Tigers during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park in Detroit, Oct. 15, 2013. (RICK OSENTOSKI/USA Today)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:16 PM ET

DETROIT - It’s been hard to ignore the gaudy numbers that the Detroit Tigers’ starting pitchers have been putting up in these baseball playoffs but in the hours before Tuesday’s third game of the American League Championship Series, Jake Peavy decided enough was enough.

“It’s been funny for me to watch all the coverage of the game coming in,” said Peavy, who will start for the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 on Wednesday.

“I have heard John Lackey’s name mentioned three or four times. Almost like we didn’t have a starter going today. Our starter is pretty good, too. Everybody in our clubhouse loves John, loves his demeanor. He’s got that old school Texan makeup that we all love, a Nolan Ryan kind of attitude.”

Lackey then went out and made a soothsayer of his rotation-mate, matching Detroit ace Justin Verlander zero for zero. In the end, it was Verlander who blinked first, allowing a one-out, seventh-inning home run to Mike Napoli that was the difference in a 1-0 Boston win that gives the Red Sox a 2-1 series advantage.


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