Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsRed Sox right-hander Jake Peavy held the Rays to just one run in 5²/³ innings as Boston closed out its AL Division Series.

Red Sox send Rays packing, move to ALCS

Shane Victorino’s infield single snapped a seventh-inning tie and journeyman Craig Breslow gave Boston a huge boost out of the bullpen, sending the Red Sox into the AL Championship Series with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

Koji Uehara got the final four outs — one night after giving up a game-winning homer — and the Red Sox rebounded to win the best-of-five playoff 3-1.

Back in the ALCS for the first time in five years, they’ll open at home Saturday against the A’s or Tigers. Oakland hosts Detroit in a decisive Game 5 on Thursday.

Both managers mixed and matched all night in a tense game that felt more like a chess match. Desperately trying to avoid elimination, Rays skipper Joe Maddon used nine pitchers.

Kemp heads for shoulder surgery: Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, previously shut down for the postseason due to a left ankle injury, was scheduled to have left shoulder surgery Tuesday, according to the team. Kemp missed more than half of the regular season due to hamstring and ankle problems. However, now that he knows he will not play again this year, he will address arthritic changes in his left shoulder’s AC joint, unrelated to his major left shoulder surgery in October 2012.

Yanks won’t give Cano 10-year offer: Robinson Cano reportedly asked for a 10-year deal worth more than $300 million in initial contract talks with the New York Yankees, but team owner Hal Steinbrenner indicated that isn’t a realistic scenario for the franchise. “I don’t feel this organization is ready to do something like that,” Steinbrenner said on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. “No, I do not.”

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