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The Boston Red Sox players take batting practice before Game 3 of the American League baseball championship series against the Detroit Tigers Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Detroit.
DETROIT—Motown icons the Four Tops performed the national anthem before their hometown Detroit Tigers faced the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the American League championship series.

A huge U.S. flag covered much of the outfield Tuesday as they sang at Comerica Park. The Four Tops were key members of the Motown Records family of artists in the 1960s, and their hits include "Reach Out, I'll Be There" and "Baby I Need Your Loving."

Before they sang, there was a moment of silence for Major League Baseball umpire Wally Bell. The umpiring crew left a gap in their formation behind home plate during the anthem to honor him. Bell died of an apparent heart attack Monday, a week after working the NL playoff series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. He was 48.

Former Tigers catcher Lance Parrish, who helped the franchise win its last World Series in 1984, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.