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Boston holds off Tigers 1-0 behind Lackey, bullpen

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Boston's Jonny Gomes reaches to pull the beard of Mike Napoli after Napoli hits a home run in the seventh inning during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series Tuesday in Detroit.

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John Lackey edged Justin Verlander in the latest duel of these pitching-rich playoffs, and Boston's bullpen shut down Detroit's big boppers with the game on the line to lift the Red Sox over the Tigers 1-0 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in the AL championship series.

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