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Red Sox even-keeled despite big win

Red Sox even-keeled despite big win

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Red Sox even-keeled despite big win

DETROIT -- Though the momentum clearly swung in favor of Boston in the memorable comeback in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, it could just as easily go back the other way in Game 3.

Perhaps if there was a game on Monday instead of a travel/workout day, the Red Sox would have had an advantage.

"You saw how momentum worked last night," Red Sox catcher David Ross said. "Good things happened for us, the crowd got into it, and David [Ortiz] delivered. Good things happen with momentum. You come in here with an off-day, and you wish you were playing today a little bit, because of what happened last night. But they get an off-day, and they get to regroup. I'm sure their fans are going to come out nice and loud tomorrow, and we're actually going to have to pick it up from the get-go."

Red Sox manager John Farrell knows that it's foolish to think the Tigers will come out with less energy on Tuesday (4 p.m. ET on FOX) due to the tough fashion in which they lost Game 2.

"We don't expect anything less than they'll be ready to go tomorrow afternoon," Farrell said. "That's a veteran team in its own right, one that is very confident. I'm sure every time they write [Justin] Verlander in that starting spot on the mound, they're going to gain a lot of confidence, as well."

Tigers manager Jim Leyland has been around long enough to know not to dwell on a bitter defeat.

"Well, I think it's pretty simple," Leyland said. "We let one get away. I think the way you have to look at it, my opinion is we probably should be 1-1, and that's what we are."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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