All Clay Buchholz needs to do Saturday for the Red Sox to complete their extraordinary, single-season rise from the bowels of the American League East to the World Series is do something he has never done: win a playoff game. Injuries have hampered his chances to excel on the October stage. This is his moment.
For all the respect Buchholz commands in baseball, he has yet to achieve a measure of postseason success, which often distinguishes the greats from the rest. He gets his next chance Saturday when he faces the Tigers and their sure-fire Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer at Fenway Park in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series.
A Detroit victory would force Game 7 Sunday. A Buchholz win would unleash a sudsy celebration and grant the lanky kid from Lumberton, Texas, a special place in franchise lore. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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