American League Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, August 29th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (62-68) at LA Angels of Anaheim (67-62), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Zach Stewart (1-2, 6.00)
LA Angels - C.J. Wilson (9-9, 3.83)
(Sports Network) - In the midst of a playoff race, the LA Angels of Anaheim
could take a step back with C.J. Wilson scheduled to start this evening's
second test of a three-game home series versus the Boston Red Sox.
The Angels are 4 1/2 games off the lead in the American League Wild Card
standings, but are sending a struggling Wilson to the mound at the Big A.
Wilson is 0-5 with a 6.09 earned run average in his last 11 starts and hasn't
prevailed since June 26 at Baltimore. His previous home win was versus San
Francisco on June 19.
Wilson has recorded back-to-back no-decisions and was banged around in
Thursday's 14-12 win at Boston in which he allowed seven runs, six of which
were earned, and eight hits in five innings. He is 9-9 with 3.83 ERA in 27
starts in his first season with Anaheim and 3-5 in 11 home outings. Wilson has
enjoyed success against the Red Sox in his career, going 4-1 in 18 games (6
starts), and is 4-0 in the past six meetings with Boston since 2010.
Angels ace Jered Weaver was gunning for his 17th win of the season in last
night's 6-5 win, but did not factor in the outcome after he was reached for
five runs -- four earned -- in seven innings. Reliever Kevin Jepsen posted the
win with a scoreless ninth inning.
Jepsen was the winner after Mike Trout's RBI single and Torii Hunter's
sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning. Trout ended 3-for-5 with a
home run and two RBI, while Albert Pujols returned to the lineup and finished
with two hits, including a home run. Pujols was sidelined since last Wednesday
because of right calf inflammation suffered in a 7-3 win at Boston.
"Every game is big for us," Trout said after the Angels ended a four-game home
slide. "We just have to take it one game at a time and push this race to the
The 21-year-old Trout became the youngest player ever with at least 25 homers
and 40 steals in a season. Cesar Cedeno (1973) was the only player in history
to do so before turning 23 years old.
Boston is not helping its cause right now and opened a nine-game road trip
last night on a down note. The club is 10 games off the lead in the Wild Card
race and entered Tuesday's game having won two straight and three of four.
Alfredo Aceves was back in action for the Red Sox after serving a three-game
suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, but allowed both runs in the
bottom of the ninth inning. Clay Buchholz tossed the first seven innings and
permitted four runs and six hits.
"I thought we played a good game. We scored enough runs to win, but we
couldn't hold on tonight," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, while Jacoby
Ellsbury had two hits and scored twice in defeat. Ellsbury has two or more
hits in six straight games.
The Red Sox will also visit Oakland and Seattle on their nine-day trek, and
Zach Stewart can provide some relief when he takes the mound Wednesday.
Stewart will make his Boston debut after he was acquired from the Chicago
White Sox in part of the Kevin Youkilis deal, and spent the past two months
with Triple-A Pawtucket.
Stewart went 3-5 with a 3.94 earned run average in 11 starts with Pawtucket
and was 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in 18 games (1 start) with Chicago before heading
to the AL East. He last pitched in the majors during a 12-3 pounding by the
Cubs on June 18 and was tagged for six runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The right-hander lost his only appearance to the Angels in an 8-0 defeat last
Aug. 24, when he gave up seven runs in six innings.
The Angels recently swept the Red Sox in three games at Fenway Park from Aug.
21-23, and halted a seven-game home losing streak in this series last night.
It was Boston's first loss at Angel Stadium since May 14, 2009.
08/29 10:44:49 ET
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