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BOSTON -- David Ortizs line drive sailed just beyond Torii Hunters reach and into the Boston bullpen, sending the Tigers right fielder flopping headfirst
over the wall after it. Jordan Lukaku Jersey . With one swing, the Red Sox slugger turned everything upside-down. Ortizs grand slam erased an
eighth-inning deficit and ended Detroits unprecedented run of pitching
dominance, and Jonny Gomes scampered around the bases with the game-winning run
in the ninth Sunday night to give Boston a 6-5 victory over Detroit and knot the
AL championship series at one game apiece. "Thats what he does. Hes an amazing
hitter," said Max Scherzer, who took a no-hitter and a 5-0 lead into the sixth
inning but could only watch as the Detroit relievers blew it. "Hes an amazing
post-season hitter. Hes clutch. Any given moment, a swing of the bat he can
always take you deep." One night after Anibal Sanchez and four relievers came
within two outs of the first combined post-season no-hitter in baseball history,
Scherzer struck out 13 and held Boston hitless for 5 2-3 innings. But the Red
Sox loaded the bases against three relievers in the eighth and then closer
Joaquin Benoit came in to face Ortiz. The Red Sox designated hitter lined the
first pitch into the glove of the Red Sox bullpen catcher. Hunter went down hard
and came out only after his teammates had waved for the Detroit medical staff to
come out and help him. "I jumped up. I thought I had a beat on it," said Hunter,
who came up in the Minnesota Twins organization with Ortiz and remains friends
with the Red Sox slugger. "Next thing, I know Im falling over the fence." The
fans waited until the trainers verified that Hunter was OK to start chanting,
"Papi!" and call Ortiz out of the dugout for a curtain call. It was the first
career post-season grand slam for a star of the 2004 playoff run that ended in
Bostons first World Series title in 86 years. "The guys an actor at work," Red
Sox outfielder Shane Victorino said. "Its fun to watch. Its great to see. Hes
always upbeat and always positive. He always likes to go up and swing the bat.
Thats what he always wants to do." Koji Uehara pitched a perfect ninth for the
win. Rick Porcello gave up a leadoff infield single that left Gomes at second
when shortstop Jose Iglesias threw the ball into the Boston dugout.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a foul popup that glanced off first baseman
Prince Fielders glove when he got tangled up with a fan. Gomes moved to third on
a wild pitch, and then Saltalamacchia hit one through the drawn-in infield to
drive in the game-winner. "Its playoff baseball," Tigers manager Jim Leyland
said. "Looked like we had one in hand and we let one get away, theres no
question about that. But there have been two great games." Bostons comeback came
a few hours after Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass with 5 seconds left to
complete the New England Patriots comeback over the New Orleans Saints. The
score was greeted with cheers by Red Sox fans waiting for the baseball game to
start. Game 3 of the ALCS is in Detroit 3 on Tuesday, when Justin Verlander will
face Bostons John Lackey. "We need it, man. We need start some momentum going
on," Ortiz said. "The whole regular season, you havent seen a team shutting us
down for 14, 15 straight innings like they have the past couple of days. If you
look at the way theyve been pitching, (its) unbelievable. Its up to us make an
adjustment." Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila homered off Clay Buchholz as Detroit
scored four in the sixth inning to open a 5-0 lead. The Red Sox got one in the
bottom half but were four outs from falling behind 0-2 in the series when Ortiz
tied it. Scherzer, who led the majors with 21 wins, did not allow a hit until
Victorino singled to left with two outs in the sixth. It was an unprecedented
third consecutive playoff game in which a Tigers starter took a no-hit bid into
the sixth inning. That had never been done even twice in a row before this years
Detroit staff, which boasts the AL ERA leader, the major league leader in wins
and the 2011 AL Cy Young winner and MVP. "Scherzer was terrific. He was spent,"
Leyland said. "Last night our bullpen was flawless, and tonight it just wasnt
quite as good." In his first career ALCS start, Buchholz allowed five runs on
eight hits in 5 2-3 innings while striking out six. One night after Jon Lester
absorbed a 1-0 loss, Buchholz kept the Red Sox in the game despite allowing
three straight hits in the second and spotting Detroit to a 1-0 lead. But
Cabrera hit a solo shot off the light tower above the Green Monster in the
sixth, then Fielder lined a double off the left-field wall. Victor Martinez
followed with an RBI double to right-centre and Avila hit a two-run shot over
the Tigers bullpen to make it 5-0. Scherzer continued to coast, striking out at
least one batter in every inning. The favourite for the AL Cy Young Award after
going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA in the regular season, Scherzer allowed one run on
two hits and two walks before leaving after seven innings with a 5-1 lead.
NOTES: Dave Roberts, whose stolen base sparked Bostons comeback in the 2004 ALCS
against the New York Yankees, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Ortizs
63rd post-season game tied Jason Varitek for the Red Sox franchise record. ...
Buchholz had a 1.20 ERA against the Tigers in four career starts at Fenway Park.
... Victorinos nine career hit by pitches in the post-season tie him with
Alex Rodriguez for the major league record. .. Scherzer lost 2-1 at Fenway Park
on Sept. 9 when going for his 20th win. Dedryck Boyata Belgium Jersey . This is the final meeting of the season between these teams.? The Capitals were 5-4 winners
in a shootout Oct. Toby Alderweireld Belgium Jersey . By then it was clear: The 76ers were going to win for the first time in two months, and
they were going to do it with ease. The 76ers snapped their NBA record-tying,
26-game losing streak, routing the Detroit Pistons 123-98 on Saturday night to
avoid establishing the longest skid in U. ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions
made it crystal clear to Golden Tate that he was their top target in free
agency. They booked a flight for the wide receiver on Tuesday -- when free
agency began -- and courted him the next day at team headquarters. The pitch
included a chat with team vice chairman Bill Ford, just three days after the
death of his father, team owner William Clay Ford. Tate, who was the top
receiver last season for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, liked what he
heard and saw and agreed to join the Lions as NFL free agency reached its second
day Wednesday. He got a five-year deal worth $31 million with $13.25 million
guaranteed, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on
condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. "Theres a ton of
upside to this organization," Tate said. "And one thing that really stood out to
me is that Mr. Ford found some time to meet with me. I know hes been going
through a lot lately with family issues. So for him to find time in his busy
schedule to meet with me and to have a conversation, that meant a lot. I felt
like I was wanted here." Tate said the Seahawks made him an offer to stay, and
that the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars also expressed interest. He
insisted it wasnt tempting to find out if the Jets or Jaguars would offer him
more than the Lions did, but acknowledged it was tempting to ask the Seahawks to
make another offer. "I had a great four years in Seattle," he said. "Im going to
miss that place to death. Great city, great people, great fans. But for me, it
just made more sense to come here." First-year Lions coach Jim Caldwell said
landing Tate was a big deal for the team, which has been looking to complement
All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson. "We were looking, from an offensive standpoint,
to find a guy who could go on the other side and be our No. 2 and play opposite
to Calvin and give us some work inside and out,&qquot; Caldwell said. Jordan Lukaku Belgium Jersey. "Golden Tate is going to be that individual." Tate led the Seahawks with 64 catches and 898
yards receiving last season, both career highs. The former Notre Dame star also
scored five touchdowns last season, giving him 15 in his four-year career. He is
expecting to flourish with quarterback Matthew Stafford throwing to him in
one-on-one coverage while defences assign two or three receivers to slow down
Johnson. Stafford threw almost 40 passes a game last season and Russell Wilson
threw an average of 25 for the Seahawks. "Im leaving a run-heavy offence to a
pass-happy offence and thats exciting," Tate said. "And, I can get to play with
one of the best to ever play the game." The Lions also signed running back
Joique Bell and confirmed they had hosted centre Phil Costa. They are expecting
to visit with fullback Henry Hynoski on Thursday. Costa was cut by the Dallas
Cowboys last week. He played sparingly the past two years after starting all 16
games in 2011, his second NFL season. The New York Giants started Hynoski in 17
of 30 games, including 11 in 2012, over the previous three seasons. Bell was
paired with Reggie Bush, giving Detroit a formidable backfield. He had a
team-high eight touchdowns rushing last season and was second to Bush with 166
carries for 650 yards rushing for the Lions last year. Bell had a total of 105
receptions for 1,032 yards the last two years. The undrafted free agent from
Wayne State in Detroit played in half of the games as a rookie in 2010 with the
Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles. The Benton Harbor, Mich., native
found a home with the Lions, who signed him off New Orleans practice squad late
in the 2011 season after he bounced around with the Saints, Eagles, Colts and
Bills. He has also become rich, getting a $9.3 million, three-year deal. "Its
never been about the money, but I dont work for free," Bell said with a smile.
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