The Boston Red Sox advanced to the World Series with a 5-2 victory Saturday night in Fenway Park, thanks in large part to Shane Victorino's grand slam. They'll now head to the World Series to square off against the Cardinals in a battle pitting the two teams with the best regular-season records.
Let us look back on this excellent ALCS in photos.
NOTE: Click on any individual photo for a full-size version.
|Anibal Sanchez's six no-hit innings were the story in Game 1. (Getty Images)||Miguel Cabrera's Game 2 homer sparked a four-run rally in the sixth ... (USATSI)|
|... and Alex Avila capped it off. (USATSI)||Max Scherzer had a no-no going through five in Game 2. (USATSI)|
|Big Papi's game-tying grand slam in Game 2 turned the entire series around. (USATSI)||Jarrod Saltalamacchia's walking base hit is what ended things in Game 2. (USATSI)|
|John Lackey essentially outpitched the great Justin Verlander in Game 3. (Getty Images)||A light outage during a day game caused a delay in Game 3. (USATSI)|
|Prince Fielder's power was absent throughout the postseason. (USATSI)||The neighborhood here was pretty large. (USATSI)|
|Jake Peavy's Game 4 start wasn't confidence-inspiring. (USATSI)||Mike Napoli's power stroke was awakened in Detroit, where he clubbed two huge homers. (USATSI)|
|David Ross bowled over fellow catcher Alex Avila, raising talk about whether or not this play should be outlawed. (USATSI)||Jose Iglesias flashed some defensive wizardry in Game 5. (USATSI)|
|Big Papi celebrating with Koji Uehara like a rag doll. (USATSI)||Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera scored on Victor Martinez's two-RBI single in Game 6, giving the Tigers the temporary lead. (USATSI)|