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Boston Red Sox Vs Los Angeles Angels Wednesday Preview

August 20th, 2014 at 4:26 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (56-69) host the Los Angeles Angeles (74-50) for the third game of their four game series. The Angels have taken the first two of the series after Chris Iannetta doubled in a run in the top of the 9th inning off Koji Uehara for the winning run last night.

Uehara has now given up a run in back-to-back outings for the first time this season – although neither came in a save situation. In his last appearance on August 16 he allowed a solo home run in a game the Red Sox already led by 4 runs and still hung on to win by a comfortable margin. His sparkling 1.53 ERA is still the third best among AL closers and his 0.80 WHIP is second.

The Red Sox have now played in an AL-leading 48 one-run games this season and have a 24-24 record in those contests.

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  • Clay Buchholz (5-7, 5.79 ERA) takes the mound for Boston. He's coming off one of his best starts of the season, having held the Houston Astros to 2 runs over 7 innings and striking out 9. Coincidentally, his only start this season that was better than that also came against the Astros (9 shutout innings, career high 12 strikeouts).
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Boston Red Sox Injury Updates – David Ross Returns

August 20th, 2014 at 9:18 AM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox have a few key players out of the lineup right now, but there is some good news. A couple of those players are on the mend and could return to the active roster soon. Here's an update on some of the walking wounded.

David Ross (foot) – The veteran catcher is expected to be activated from the disabled list today after sitting out since August 2 with plantar fasciitis. His return will help ease the burden on Christian Vazquez, who has caught 12 of the team's last 15 games, including every inning of a 19-inning marathon. Dan Butler has been a nice story as an undrafted player coming up to fill in for a few starts, but he's hitless in 11 at-bats.

Allen Craig (foot) – After serving as the DH in Pawtucket on Monday, where he went 0-for-2 with a walk, Craig was back at Fenway yesterday for batting practice with the team. He's expected to play right field in Pawtucket tonight and could return to the Boston lineup by the end of the week. Craig has only played one game since being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals, but if he can remain healthy the rest of the season he can give the Red Sox a glimpse of a piece they hope to be a big part of their lineup in 2015.

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Boston Red Sox Vs Los Angeles Angels Tuesday Preview

August 19th, 2014 at 4:13 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (56-68) continue their series with the Los Angeles Angels (73-50). Boston dropped the opener of the series last night due to some sloppy defense.

With the Angels leading 2-1 in the 8th inning, Howie Kendrick hit a comebacker to the mound that looked like a potential inning-ending double play to get out of a jam. Instead, Junichi Tazawa botched the attempt to field the ball cleanly and had to rush the throw home to try to salvage an out at the plate. The throw hit the runner and bounced away, allowing two runs to score to break open the game. The Red Sox would get a run back in the bottom of the 9th inning that would have tied the game had it not been for those two unearned runs.

The Angels have now won 5 of their last 6 games to pull half a game ahead of the Oakland A's for sole possession of first place in the AL West.

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Should the Boston Red Sox Sign Rusney Castillo?

August 19th, 2014 at 10:44 AM
By Sean Penney

Rusney Castillo is the latest player to escape Cuba to come play for a Major League Baseball team. We just don't know which team the hyped prospect will sign with yet. The 27-year old is expected to make a decision soon, with a few teams reportedly setting themselves apart as favorites to land him – including the Boston Red Sox.

Should the Red Sox be interested?

Castillo certainly has the type of tools that scouts drool over. He's capable of hitting the ball to all fields and scouts raved about the raw power he displayed in batting practice. According to a report from Baseball America, he showed up to a recent showcase with an added 20 pounds of muscle packed into his frame, which helped him show more power than scouts expected. He also has good speed that most scouts have rated as at least a 60 on the 20-80 scale. In 360 games in Cuba, Castillo hit .319/.383/.516 with 51 home runs and 76 stolen bases. So you can certainly see why he's grabbed the attention of several large market teams.

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Boston Red Sox Vs Los Angeles Angels Monday Preview

August 18th, 2014 at 4:01 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (56-67) begin a series with the Los Angeles Angels (72-50) at Fenway Park. The teams last met during Boston's last road trip, with the Red Sox taking two out of three to win the series. The one game in that series the Angels managed to win, it took them 19 innings to do it.

Despite that recent success against the Angels, this series should prove to be a difficult challenge for Boston. The Angels have the best record in the majors after sliding past the slumping Oakland A's to take over first place in the AL West over the weekend. Their +87 run differential is only the third best in their own division, but still far better than any team from the other two AL divisions.

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  • Brandon Workman (1-6, 4.45 ERA) rejoins the rotation for Boston. He had his last turn skipped to give him some extra rest and hasn't appeared in a game since the team was forced to turn to him at the end of the 19-inning marathon in Los Angeles on August 9. Workman gave up the walk-off home run to Albert Pujols to end the game, giving him his 6th loss in his last 6 appearances (5 starts).
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