BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are going back to the World Series for the third time in 10 seasons.
Shane Victorino’s seventh-inning grand slam propelled Boston to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night, clinching the AL championship series in six games and setting up a World Series rematch with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Red Sox will host Game 1 on Wednesday night against the team they swept in 2004 to end their 86-year title drought. The Cardinals won the NL pennant on Friday night by eliminating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.
With 21-game winner Max Scherzer on the mound, Detroit took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning and held it until Boston loaded the bases on a double, a walk and an error by shortstop Jose Iglesias. Victorino lofted an 0-2 pitch from Jose Veras over the Green Monster.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Maty Mauk threw for 295 yards in his first career start and Andrew Baggett converted five field goals to help Number 14 Missouri defeat Number 22 Florida 36-17 on Saturday and open a two-game lead in the Southeastern Conference East Division. With James Franklin watching on the sideline in street clothes, Mauk put any doubts to rest about whether he was ready on the first play of the game with a 41-yard pass to L’Damian Washington and then a 20-yard toss to Bud Sasser just 22 seconds in.
(Kansas City, MO) — The Chiefs will try to keep their momentum going today when they host the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are tied with Denver for the best record in the NFL at 6-0. The Texans have dropped to just 2-and-4 overall. Case Keenum will be under center for Houston. Head coach Gary Kubiak says he’s looking for a spark with the team having lost four straight. Keenum was inactive the first six games. T.J. Yates came on for the injured Matt Schaub last week. Kickoff is at 3:25 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 12 p.m.
Chicago at Washington, 12 p.m.
Dallas at Philadelphia, 12 p.m.
New England at N.Y. Jets, 12 p.m.
Buffalo at Miami, 12 p.m.
St. Louis at Carolina, 12 p.m.
Cincinnati at Detroit, 12 p.m.
San Diego at Jacksonville, 12 p.m.
San Francisco at Tennessee, 3:05 p.m.
Cleveland at Green Bay, 3:25 p.m.
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 3:25 p.m.
Denver at Indianapolis, 7:30 p.m.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway was rained out. The 43-car field is now set based on speeds from the first practice session. That means Aric Almirola will start from the pole, with Jeff Burton claiming the outside spot on the front row.
Series leader Matt Kenseth will start from the 12th spot. He leads the Sprint Cup standings by four points over Jimmie Johnson, who will begin the race alongside Kenseth in the sixth row.