ALCS Schedule 2013: When and Where to Catch All the Action

Ryan DavenportContributor IOctober 12, 2013

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 04: Shane Victorino #18 of the Boston Red Sox hits against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game One of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 4, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Tonight, the 2013 American League Championship Series will kick off at Fenway Park, as the Boston Red Sox get set to host the Detroit Tigers for Game 1. 

For both teams, the road to get here hasn't been easy, as the Red Sox withstood a gutsy effort from the Tampa Bay Rays while the Tigers staved off elimination by defeating the Oakland A's on the road in Game 5 of their ALDS showdown. 

Heading into what's sure to be a very entertaining series, here's a look at everything you need to know in order to catch the action live. 


ALCS Television Schedule
Game (*If necessary)MatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Tigers at Red SoxSaturday, Oct. 128:07 p.m.FOX
2Tigers at Red SoxSunday, Oct. 138:15 p.m.FOX
3Red Sox at TigersTuesday, Oct. 154:07 p.m.FOX
4Red Sox at TigersWednesday, Oct. 168:07 p.m.FOX
5*Red Sox at TigersThursday, Oct. 178:07 p.m.FOX
6*Tigers at Red SoxSaturday, Oct. 194:37 p.m. (moved to 8:07 p.m. if NLCS does not go to Game 7)FOX
7*Tigers at Red SoxSunday Oct. 208:07 p.m.FOX

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How Boston Wins

First and foremost, for the Red Sox, one of the biggest points of emphasis defensively has to be containing Miguel Cabrera and doing their best to minimize his impact on the series. 

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers watches his two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics during Game Five of the American League Division Series at Coliseum on October 10, 2013 in Oakland, Ca
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Thus far in this postseason, Cabrera hasn't exactly been the dominant hitter that he was during the regular season, but as the undisputed best hitter in baseball, everyone knows that this can change in an instant. 

If the Red Sox can manage Cabrera, the next key will be to stay with the Tigers until the later stages of games. As great as Detroit's starting rotation is, their bullpen is almost equally as suspect at times. 

Furthermore, if the Red Sox continue to get clutch contributions from Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino, Boston will be in good shape to win this series. 

ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 08: Jacoby Ellsbury #2 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates scoring in the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game Four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 8, 2013 in St Petersburg, Fl
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How Detroit Wins

If the Tigers can get more pop offensively, they'll be in this series, but otherwise, this team will struggle to keep pace with Boston's array of potent offensive weapons. 

In addition, the pitching matchup on paper clearly favors the Tigers, so if Detroit's rotation does what's expected of them, they should be able to silence the Red Sox from the mound. 

The Red Sox are a team that feeds off momentum in huge amounts, so if Detroit can jump out to an early lead, on the road no less, the Tigers could make this a short series. 

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Oakland Athletics during Game Five of the American League Division Series at Coliseum on October 10, 2013 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderso
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If not, one can't discount the possibility of Boston continuing to build confidence and offensively overpowering the Tigers. 

Detroit's staff is good enough to win this series on its own, but after a grueling series with Oakland, whether they're well-rested enough to do so remains to be seen. 



Oct 8, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (left) and Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (right) celebrate in the locker room as they pour champagne on them as they beat the Tampa Bay Rays of game four of
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I think Boston continues its inspired ride through the postseason and takes both games at home but drops Game 3 with Justin Verlander on the mound. 

But the Red Sox have heart and proven postseason performers in the form of Ellsbury, Victorino, David Ortiz (two homers in the ALDS) and Dustin Pedroia, and they'll rally back to take Games 4 and 5 to advance to the World Series for the first time since 2007. 

Boston 4, Detroit 1