Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers: Crucial X-Factors for the 2013 ALCS

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Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers: Crucial X-Factors for the 2013 ALCS
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The ALCS matchup is officially set, as the Detroit Tigers eliminated the Oakland A's on Thursday night behind a gem from Justin Verlander and will now meet up with the Boston Red Sox for a chance to play in the World Series.

That series begins on Saturday in Boston and promises to be a good one as it pits what were the top two offenses in baseball during the regular season against one another.

Looking beyond the obvious contributors for each team, here is a look at some guys who could wind up being the X-factor in the ALCS, whether it's a struggling star or second-tier player capable of stepping up on the biggest of stages.

 

*For those of you who missed it, here is a look at the crucial X-factors for the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals NLCS matchup.

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