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Xander Bogaerts starts Game 5

Updated: October 18, 2013, 12:22 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

DETROIT -- In the end, Red Sox manager John Farrell said, his decision to start Xander Bogaerts at third base came down to this:

"Time to throw him in the fire."

Bogaerts responded, going 1-for-3 with a double as the Red Sox took Game 5 of the American League Championship Series by a 4-3 score to move within a win of the World Series.

Farrell broke the news Wednesday night to Bogaerts that he would be playing Thursday night after Boston's 7-3 loss to the ...

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