July 30, 2014

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First Tribe-Red Sox face-off today

BOSTON — Are you ready for the Evil Empire II?

AT THE JAKE
Fans wishing to watch the American League Championship Series away games can secure free tickets via Indians Team Shops or Indians.com. Tickets are available by visiting Indians.com or any Cleveland Indians Team Shop for Game 1 and Game 2. There is a six-ticket limit per transaction. A select number of exclusive general admission club seat tickets also are available for purchase at $25 per ticket plus a per-ticket service fee. All games will be broadcast on the Indians Radio Network, including WEOL 930-AM.

The low-budget Indians dispatched baseball’s highest-priced team — the New York Yankees — in the division series, and now they’ll turn their attention to another money monger in the Boston Red Sox, who rank just behind the Yanks with the majors’ second-largest payroll.

Money aside, the American League Championship Series is a showdown between baseball’s top two teams.

It’s a series that will showcase the league’s best in the starting pitching department in Cleveland’s C.C. Sabathia and Boston’s Josh Beckett, who will tangle tonight in Game 1.

It’s a series that features some of the big leagues most potent offensive weapons in Boston’s Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz and Cleveland’s Victor Martinez and Travis Hafner.

It’s a series that will decide who will play for the world championship — Boston, which would be making its second trip to the World Series in four years, or Cleveland, which would be making its first since 1997. 

And it all starts at 7:10 tonight at fabled Fenway Park.  

Contact Chris Assenheimer at 329-7137 or cassenheimer@chroniclet.com.