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Game 123: Angels at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 21, 2012 03:15 PM

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Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the game:

RED SOX (59-63)
Ciriaco 3B
Pedroia 2B
Ellsbury CF
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Saltalamacchia C
Nava DH
Aviles SS
Podsednik LF
Pitching: RHP Aaron Cook (3-6, 4.58)

ANGELS (62-60)
Trout CF
Hunter RF
Pujols 1B
Morales DH
Trumbo LF
Kendrick 2B
Callaspo 3B
Aybar SS
Iannetta C
Pitching: RHP Ervin Santana (6-10, 5.59)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Santana: Podsednik 8-29, Crawford 10-32, Pedroia 3-21, Ellsbury 5-18, Punto 7-16, Gonzalez 2-10, Aviles 0-7, Valencia 1-7, Ross 0-3, Salty 0-2.

Angels vs. Cook: Pujols 6-17, Callaspo 2-10, Hunter 3-9, Aybar 1-6, Izturis 3-6, Morales 1-6, Wells 0-5, Kendrick 0-4, Wilson 0-.

Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are 15-3 against the Angels the last two seasons.

Notes: Two underachieving and expensive teams meet tonight. ... The Sox are 13 games out of first and seven games out in the wild card. The Angels are 9.5 games out in the West and four out in the wild card. ... The Sox have lost eight of 12. The Angels have lost four straight. The Sox are 16-20 since the break, the Angels are 14-22. ... The Sox are 29-34 at home with losses in six of their last eight games. ... Cook is 2-1, 2.86 in three career starts against the Angels. His last one was 2010. ... Santana is 2-3, 4.27 in 10 starts against the Sox. ... Gonzalez is hitting .369/.411/.654 since the All-Star break with 29 extra-base hits and 40 RBIs. He is tied for fifth (with Albert Pujols) in the AL with 85 RBIs.

Song of the Day: "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" by Elvis Costello.

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