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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Tuesday, August 19 (All times Eastern)

LA Angels of Anaheim (73-50) at Boston Red Sox (56-68), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Jered Weaver (13-7, 3.66) Boston - Allen Webster (3-1, 4.79)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Angels will try to take control of their series with the Boston Red Sox when the two clubs play the second contest of a four-game set on Tuesday evening.

The Angels won the opener on Monday, 4-2, as C.J. Wilson limited the damage of five hits allowed and a season-high five walks issued to give up only one run in 5 1/3 innings. That allowed Wilson to claim his first road victory since April 25.

Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored once for the Angels, who have won five of their last six contests and are a half-game ahead of Oakland for first place in the AL West.

"The tighter the team is knit, the more often they're going to come back and win from behind and the more often they're going to hold tight when it's close," Wilson told Anaheim's website. "That's why Oakland's been so good the last few years. That's a difference-maker."

Brandon Workman surrendered six hits and a pair of runs over seven frames, but lost his seventh straight decision.

Brock Holt had an RBI single for Boston, which split a four-game series against Houston at Fenway Park over the weekend.

Jered Weaver will try to secure at least a split of this set for the Angels tonight, but lost to Boston on Aug. 8 after allowing four runs over six innings. He fell to 4-6 lifetime versus Boston with a 4.11 earned run average.

The right-hander did bounce back to beat Philadelphia on Wednesday, scattering two runs over six innings while striking out five.

"It was a battle. I just tried to limit runs and keep us in it," said Weaver. "Our offense came through and our bullpen shut them down."

The 31-year-old Weaver is 13-7 on the year with a 3.66 ERA.

Taking the mound for the Red Sox will be the 24-year-old Allen Webster, who is 3-1 with a 4.79 ERA in four starts this year.

Webster beat Weaver and the Angels on Aug. 8, limiting them to a pair of runs over 6 2/3 innings. The righty then won his second straight outing on Thursday, a 9-4 decision over Houston. He was charged with four runs -- three earned -- on five hits and three walks over six innings.

The Red Sox won two of three in that series out west.

08/19 10:39:05 ET

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