You won’t have to decide between the Bruins, Celtics, and Red Sox tonight, because the local nine will be taking the field for a 3:35 p.m. start today at Angel Stadium, where the Red Sox and Angels will square off in the rubber game of their three-game series.
We’ll have lineups, pregame updates, a live game chat with the Globe’s Amalie Benjamin and Adam Kilgore, game photos, and more this afternoon on Boston.com.
Righthander Brad Penny (3-1, 6.90 ERA) will take the mound for the Red Sox today. In his longest outing of the season, Penny pitched 6 1/3 innings against the Rays on Friday at Fenway, giving up eight hits and three runs in the Sox 7-3 win. On April 11, Penny gave up five hits and allowed three runs in six innings work in a 5-4 win over Los Angeles.
The Sox will have Dustin Pedroia returning to the lineup this afternoon to help bolster an offense which has gone 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position in the series.
For the Angels, it’s righthander Earvin Santana on the hill. Santana (sprained elbow) will be making his season debut for Mike Scioscia’s squad after making two rehab starts with Triple-A Salt Lake. The 2008 All-Star went 16-7 with a 3.49 ERA last season and is 1-2 with a 5.83 ERA in five starts and one relief appearance against the Red Sox.