Can the Sox make it 10 for 10 against the Angels? Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (69-52)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (3-2, 6.51)
Pitching: RHP Ervin Santana (12-8, 3.99)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLBN/WEEI
State of the Sox: The Sox have won three of their last four games but remain 5.5 games out in the wild card and division races.
Domination: The Sox are 9-0 against the Angels this season, outscoring them 66-29. The Sox are hitting .327/.421/.607 against Los Angeles this season.
Beckett’s crossroads: This is a pretty big start for Josh Beckett, who was advised to go “back to basics” by Terry Francona after two terrible starts in a row. Beckett has allowed 13 runs on 21 hits over 9.2 innings in his last two starts.
He beat the Angels on July 28, allowing three runs over seven innings. He is 3-3, 4.10 against the Angels in his career.
Hot Sox: David Ortiz has hit safely in nine straight games at 13 of 39 with six extra-base hits and four RBIs. … Darnell McDonald is 5 of 9 with two homers and a double in his last three games. … Adrian Beltre has hit safely in 28 of the 32 games since the All-Star break at .323 with 10 homers and 28 RBIs. … Bill Hall has four homers in his last nine games.
Powerful: The Sox are on a pace to hit 221 homers and 371 doubles. They had 212 homers and 335 doubles last season.
Sweep success: The Sox have previously won the first two games of a three-game series 13 times this season. Only five times have they finished off the sweep.
Over the hump: The Sox have been 17 games over .500 three times this season: Now, on July 2 and on Aug. 11. They have yet to get to 18 over.
On the iPod right now: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2.
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