Game 121: Angels at Red Sox

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (68-52)
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Martinez C
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Lowell 1B
Hall LF
McDonald RF
Kalish CF

Pitching: RHP John Lackey (10-7, 4.54)

ANGELS (60-60)
Abreu LF
Willits CF
Callaspo 3B
Hunter RF
Matsui DH
Izturis SS
Kendrick 2B
Napoli 1B
Mathis C

Pitching: LHP Scott Kazmir (8-10, 6.36)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Sox start the day 5.5 games out in the division and in the wild card. There are 42 games left in the season. The season is 75 percent over after today.

Perfect so far: The Sox are 8-0 against the Angels this season, outscoring them, 59-24. The Sox are hitting .323/.413/.601 against the Angels and have a 3.00 ERA.


Fenway facts: The Sox are 35-23 at home but are 5-6 in their last 11 games on Yawkey Way.

The Curse of the Lackino: John Lackey is 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in two starts against the Angels, his former team. He has allowed three runs on nine hits over 14.1 innings. The Angels are 9 of 50 against him.

Lackey is 1-4, 4.70 since July 1. His last win was July 27.

Kazmir returns: Scott Kazmir is 8-8, 2,94 in 24 career starts against the Sox, 6-5, 3.69 in 14 starts at Fenway. He faced the Sox May 6 and allowed seven runs over 4.1 innings.

Sox vs Kazmir: Scutaro 6-21; Pedroia 19-40, 3 HR; Ortiz 9-51, 12 K; Martinez 8-16; Beltre 3-20; Lowell 11-45, 4 HR; Drew 3-14; McDonald 0-2; Hall 2-8.

Clean it up: The Sox have committed 14 errors in the last 13 games.

Papi power: David Ortiz has an eight-game hit streak. He is 11 of 36 with five extra-base hits and four RBIs in those games.

Mike’s the man: Mike Lowell is hitting .302/.354/.535 in the 12 games he has played since coming off the disabled list to replace Kevin Youkilis at first base. He has six extra-base hits and seven RBIs in that stretch.

Other stuff: Marco Scutaro is 5 of 17 (.294) since breaking out of his 0-for-22 slump. … Adrian Beltre is in a 4-for-22 skid that has dropped his batting average from .335 to .327. … The Sox are 55-32 at night, best in the majors. … Darnell McDonald is 3 for 6 with two homers in the last two games.


On the iPod right now: Life In The Fast Lane by The Eagles.

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