Red Sox SS Bogaerts, 21, coming of age in playoffsFans on a tour of Fenway Park in Boston watch from the Green Monster seats as Boston Red Sox baseball players work out on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in preparation for Game 1 of the AL championship series on Saturday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
BOSTON (AP) -- The closest John Farrell would come to expressing a preference between Oakland and Detroit is to note that one is kind of far away.
''Four and a half hours less travel time for one,'' the Red Sox manager said on Thursday when asked to compare the two teams Boston could face in the AL championship series.
The A's and Tigers will play the decisive fifth game of the AL division series on Thursday night, with the winner advancing to play the Red Sox for a spot in the World Series. The ALCS begins on Saturday at Fenway Park, followed by Game 2 on Saturday.
The Red Sox advanced by eliminating the Tamp Bay Rays in four games.