DETROIT -- The lengths of the American League Championship Series games have been a topic again after a pair of 1-0 games lasted nearly four and 31/2 hours.
Naturally, everyone blames the Red Sox and their patient at-bats for the marathons, though Tigers manager Jim Leyland said there are many "culprits."
"In postseason, we're basically playing -- and I don't want anybody to take this wrong -- a Red Sox-Yankees in-season game," Leyland said. "They seem to go a long time. If you watch them on Sunday night (on) ESPN, they go on forever for whatever reason.
"We're playing Boston, so now we're a culprit too. I don't really know. You've got the TV; obviously it's longer between innings. You've got the seventh inning, 'God Bless America' and things of that nature, which we're certainly all for. They seem to run a little bit longer.
"But I've always said that -- I heard this a long time ago, and I kind of stole it from somebody -- these games, they're like a movie. If it's a good movie, you don't mind staying a little longer. If it's a bad movie, you don't mind leaving early."
Emotional rescue: Red Sox starter Jake Peavy isn't one to hide his emotions and often can be seen talking to himself on the mound.
As he got ready to pitch Game 4 on Wednesday night, Peavy admitted he's not likely to change.
"Emotion is a part of who I am," he said. "It's something that needs to come out. I can't sit out there and bottle it all up. It just does me well to get it out. You're going to know how the game is going by the look on my face and my reactions.
"That being said, sometimes in my emotion it gets lost that I am thinking through what's happening in the game. I'm processing everything that's being said, everything that's being done. I will be under control."
Status quo: While Leyland shuffled his lineup for Game 4, Red Sox manager John Farrell kept his basically the same, except for re-inserting Daniel Nava in left field for Jonny Gomes.
No one on the Red Sox has been hitting, as evidenced by their .133 average entering Game 4. They led in only four of 27 innings in the first three games yet grabbed a 2-1 lead in the series.
"Hey, I want this offense to get going," right fielder Shane Victorino said. "I'm a big part of it, so I have to figure it out."
Victorino, 1-for-11 in the series entering Game 4, stayed in the No. 2 hole.
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