It’s the final game of the series and the road trip. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (57-44)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 6.66)
Pitching: RHP Joel Pineiro (10-7, 4.18)
Game time: 3:35 p.m.
State of the Sox: Things are looking up. The Sox have won four of their last six and are 5-4 on their trip after taking the first two games of the series against the Angels.
Devil of a time for the Angels: Los Angeles has lost six of its last seven and has fallen 8.5 games behind the Rangers in the AL West. The Angels have been outscored by 19 runs on the season.
Wipeout: The Sox are 6-0 against the Angels this season, outscoring them 46-21.
Beckett back again: This will be Josh Beckett’s second start since coming off the disabled list. He was solid against Seattle on Friday, allowing one run on five hits and three walks over 5.2 innings.
Light of day: The Sox are 9-17 in day games, the third-worst record in the American League. They are averaging 4.0 runs a game and hitting .252 in day games, well below the 5.6 runs and .276 they average at night. The pitching is worse, too. The Sox have a 4.81 ERA in day games, 4.04 at night.
Tight quarters: 54 of the team’s 101 games have been decided by two runs or less. The Sox are 28-26 in those games.
Be careful: Bobby Abreu is 3 for 8 with two home runs, a double and three RBIs in the series. He is 14 of 69 (.203) against Beckett in his career with two home runs. In all, he has 88 plate appearances against Beckett.
It’s like money in the bank: Adrian Beltre has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games at 15 of 41 (.366) with eight RBIs. … He is 17 of 48 (.354) since the All-Star break with three homers and nine RBIs.
D-Mac: The Sox are 48-27 in games Darnell McDonald plays in, 34-20 when he starts.
Come to Papi: David Ortiz is 11 of 25 with three homers against Piniero.
More Papi: Ortiz has a six-game hitting streak. He is 8 of 21 with three homers and five RBIs in those games.
Feeling better? Jeremy Hermida is 2 for 14 with seven strikeouts since coming off the disabled list.
On the iPod right now: Further On Up the Road by Johnny Cash. Cover of the Bruce Springsteen song from Cash’s American V: A Hundred Highways album. If you haven’t listened to any of Cash’s American stuff he did with producer Rick Rubin, it’s well worth your time.
Back with more later on, including a live in-game blog.