Napoli and Boston rise, while Fielder and Detroit face uncertainty

Friday October 18th, 2013
Mike Napoli was the driving force behind Boston's victory over the Tigers in Game 5 of the ALCS.
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And while Tigers fans booed him for his seventh-inning strikeout, they probably didn't notice: He actually looked a little more comfortable at the plate. He took the first pitch for ball one. He fouled off the next one. He grounded out to second base, but he wasn't lunging desperately or hacking at the first pitch. Fielder just needs one mistake from a Boston pitcher and one good swing to be a hero, and to play freely. The other first baseman in this series has proven it. There is still a chance in this postseason for Fielder to feel like that boy in Tiger Stadium again.

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