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Angels-Red Sox Preview

May 2, 2010 - 11:10 PM By MIKE LIPKA STATS Writer

Los Angeles (12-13) at Boston (11-13), 7:10 p.m. EDT

As if things weren't bad enough for the Boston Red Sox after their first losing April in 14 years, they were swept by the worst team in the majors to begin May.

Even a return to Fenway Park is not as reassuring as it once was.

The Red Sox hope their upcoming 10-game homestand brings better results than their last one - starting Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels, who eliminated Boston from the 2009 playoffs in their last appearance at Fenway.

Los Angeles has faced the Red Sox in an AL division series each of the last three years, and the Angels finally managed to beat Boston with a three-game sweep in October.

The Red Sox (11-14) will need to climb out of an early hole if they hope to reach the playoffs again. Their first sub-.500 April since 1996 was sealed with Friday night's 5-4 loss at Baltimore, where Boston then dropped two more over the weekend.

Following their 12-9 win over the Red Sox on Saturday night, the lowly Orioles completed the sweep with a 3-2, 10-inning victory Sunday, scoring the winning run off closer Jonathan Papelbon.

"A sweep's a sweep. It's frustrating for us, to go home like that," starter Josh Beckett said. "We've got to go out and win games. It doesn't matter what month it is."

Boston only won four of 10 on its last homestand, slipping to 5-8 at Fenway. The team went 56-25 at home each of the last two years, the best home record in the majors in that stretch.

This season's club has had problems in all areas. The Red Sox were held to seven hits Sunday, playing without cleanup hitter Kevin Youkilis (groin). Outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron are on the disabled list.

Boston's pitchers allowed 12 runs for the second time on the road trip Saturday, and the team made four errors in three games against Baltimore.

"We're going to have to regroup in a hurry and figure it out," manager Terry Francona said.

The Angels (12-14) are only one half-game ahead of Boston, but their chances of recovering are much better in the AL West. The Red Sox already trail Tampa Bay by seven games and the New York Yankees by 5 1/2.

Los Angeles, however, will also be trying to rebound from a sweep after beginning its 10-game trip with three straight losses at Detroit. The Angels were limited to four hits in a 5-1 defeat Sunday.

It may not be much easier against Clay Buchholz, who has been an early bright spot for the Red Sox.

Buchholz (2-2, 2.19 ERA) turned in his best outing of the season Tuesday at Toronto, allowing one run in eight innings of a 2-1 victory.

The Game 3 starter for Boston in last year's playoffs, Buchholz held the Angels to two runs in five-plus innings and was in position for a victory until Papelbon blew the save in Los Angeles' 7-6, series-clinching win.

Buchholz hasn't found similar success against the Angels in the regular season, going 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA.

Los Angeles' Joe Saunders is 4-1 with a 3.24 ERA in his career against Boston and 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA at Fenway, but the left-hander has gotten off to a rough start in 2010.

Saunders (1-4, 5.74) gave up three runs, nine hits and four walks in five innings of a 9-2 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday.

"Joe hasn't quite found his balance of command and movement," manager Mike Scioscia told the Angels' official website. "There are some mechanical things he is trying to figure out."






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    Angels 8, Red Sox 17  FinalMay 4 3:00 AM


  • Red Sox 17, Angels 8 - FINAL
    LA ANGELS ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    E Aybar ss 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 .250
    B Abreu dh 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 .274
    T Hunter cf 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .304
    R Willits cf 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 .167
    K Morales 1b 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 .323
    H Matsui lf 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 .260
    R Budd

    May 3 10:51 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RYAN BUDDE SCORED REGGIE WILLITS AND BOBBY ABREU
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, R BUDDE ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 8
    BOSTON 17 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: J RIVERA (.250, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Angels 8, Red Sox 17  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 3 10:46 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY KENDRY MORALES SCORED ERICK AYBAR
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R WILLITS ON SECOND, B ABREU ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 6
    BOSTON 17 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: R QUINLAN (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Angels 6, Red Sox 17  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 3 10:43 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY REGGIE WILLITS SCORED HOWIE KENDRICK
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R WILLITS ON FIRST, B ABREU ON SECOND, E
    AYBAR ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 5
    BOSTON 17 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: K MORALES (.323, 3-FOR-4)

    Angels 5, Red Sox 17  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 3 10:43 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    FORCE OUT BY DARNELL MCDONALD SCORED ADRIAN BELTRE
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D MCDONALD ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 4
    BOSTON 17 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M SCUTARO (.277, 1-FOR-4, BB)

    Angels 4, Red Sox 17  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 3 10:18 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ADRIAN BELTRE SCORED MIKE LOWELL
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A BELTRE ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 4
    BOSTON 16 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: B HALL (.226, 1-FOR-3, BB, HR, 2 RBI)

    Angels 4, Red Sox 16  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 3 10:16 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MIKE LOWELL SCORED JONATHAN VAN EVERY
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M LOWELL ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 4
    BOSTON 15 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: A BELTRE (.326, 1-FOR-4, HR, 2 RBI)

    Angels 4, Red Sox 15  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 3 10:14 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY DUSTIN PEDROIA (7) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF BRIAN STOKES SCORED MARCO SCUTARO AND
    DARNELL MCDONALD.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 4, BOSTON 14
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: V MARTINEZ (.233, 1-FOR-4)

    Angels 4, Red Sox 14  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 3 9:59 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ADRIAN BELTRE (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF MATT PALMER SCORED MIKE LOWELL.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 4, BOSTON 11
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: B HALL (.233, 1-FOR-2, BB, HR, 2 RBI)

    Angels 4, Red Sox 11  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 3 9:51 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MIKE LOWELL SCORED J.D. DREW
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M LOWELL ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 4
    BOSTON 9 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: A BELTRE (.319, 0-FOR-3)

    Angels 4, Red Sox 9  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 3 9:50 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY J.D. DREW SCORED KEVIN YOUKILIS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J DREW ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 4
    BOSTON 8 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M LOWELL (.263, 2-FOR-2, BB, 2 RBI)

    Angels 4, Red Sox 8  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 3 9:48 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY HOWIE KENDRICK SCORED JUAN RIVERA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M IZTURIS ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 4
    BOSTON 7 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M NAPOLI (.176, 0-FOR-2)

    Angels 4, Red Sox 7  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 3 9:32 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY J.D. DREW SCORED VICTOR MARTINEZ AND MARCO
    SCUTARO
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J DREW ON FIRST, K YOUKILIS ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 3
    BOSTON 7 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M LOWELL (.263, 2-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Angels 3, Red Sox 7  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 3 8:51 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY HOWIE KENDRICK SCORED JUAN RIVERA
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M IZTURIS ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 3
    BOSTON 5 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M NAPOLI (.180, 0-FOR-1)

    Angels 3, Red Sox 5  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 3 8:36 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MAICER IZTURIS SCORED HIDEKI MATSUI AND KENDRY
    MORALES
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M IZTURIS ON SECOND, J RIVERA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 2
    BOSTON 5 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: H KENDRICK (.278, 0-FOR-1)

    Angels 2, Red Sox 5  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 3 8:35 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MIKE LOWELL SCORED J.D. DREW AND KEVIN YOUKILIS
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M LOWELL ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 0
    BOSTON 5 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: A BELTRE (.326, 0-FOR-1)

    Angels 0, Red Sox 5  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 3 8:14 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BILL HALL (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF JOE SAUNDERS SCORED ADRIAN BELTRE.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 0, BOSTON 3
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: D MCDONALD (.273, 2 HR, 6 RBI)

    Angels 0, Red Sox 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 3 7:53 PM


  • AL
    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY KEVIN YOUKILIS (5) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 2ND OFF JOE SAUNDERS.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 0, BOSTON 1
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J DREW (.214, 5 HR, 14 RBI)

    Angels 0, Red Sox 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 3 7:43 PM
  • Confuzed I'm a Sox fan and I hope they win but until they start playing better, I'll pick the other team !

    Angels vs. Red SoxMay 3 5:45 PM