With more dominant defense, an opportunistic offense that plated two runs in the first inning and a bullpen that shut down the Baltimore Orioles once again, Greg Holland and the Kansas City Royals wrapped up a sweep of the AL Championship Series with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday.
Austin Jackson was dropped from first to eighth in the batting order, and suddenly the Boston Red Sox couldn’t get him out.
Once again this October, one run was enough.
David Ortiz revived the Red Sox with a tying grand slam in the eighth inning and Boston stunned the Detroit Tigers 6-5 Sunday night.
Anibal Sanchez shut down a Yankees lineup minus injured Derek Jeter, and the Detroit Tigers capitalized on a missed call by an umpire to beat New York 3-0 Sunday for a 2-0 lead in the AL championship series.
Jose Valverde won’t close for the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the AL championship series.