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Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury (2) joins teammates as they mob Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara, second from right , after the Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 in Game 6 of the American League baseball championship series on Saturday in Boston. The Red Sox advance to the World Series to play the St. Louis Cardinals. Associated Press.

MLB Playoffs: Victorino slams Sox into World Series

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BOSTON (AP) — When Shane Victorino signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent in the offseason, they were coming off a last-place finish that was their worst in almost half a century. They had fired their manager for the second year in a row.

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He believed they could turn it around.

And quickly.

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