The 53-27 Boston Red Sox continue their series against the Angels tonight. With the Angels loss, the Oakland A’s jumped to 3rd place for the time being.

What’s remarkable in the American League is that they have seven 20 home run hitters and the National League have none. The AL has three teams with 52 or more wins, while no team in the NL has more than 46 wins. It’s almost July and it’s clear that the AL has advantages for the All Star Game and World Series.

Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Red Sox in tonight’s game, coming off of his best start of the season. With the Red Sox already losing two games to the Twins, Porcello led the way to break the losing streak as he fired off seven shutout innings. Tonight against the Angels, he is looking for his 10th win of the season.

Overall, his career against them hasn’t been the best, with a 5.51 ERA in 17 starts. Squaring off against Anaheim in 2 starts last year, went 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA. That is 6 ER in 14.1 innings, but walked only 2 and struck out 14.

Andrew Heaney takes the ball for the Angels, hoping to help out his injury riddled team. Heaney wasn’t a part of the April slaughter in Anaheim, where the Angels pitchers were chewed up & spit out by the Red Sox bats. In the prior 4 games opposing Boston, his team has been outscored 36-4. This season he has a 4-5 record, but holds a 3.43 ERA and has had a number of solid starts. His most impressive one was last month, where he threw 8 innings of one run ball against Houston, striking out 10 batters.


Rick Porcello — Career vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 17 starts, 7-7 with a 5.51 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 59 starts, 31-22 with a 4.26 ERA.


Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:

Jose Briceno —–

Kole Calhoun – 7 for 22 (.318 avg) 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, Walk, 6 Ks

David Fletcher —–

Michael Hermosillo —–

Ian Kinsler – 11 for 22 (.500 avg) Double, Triple, 7 RBIs, 5 Ks

Martin Maldonado – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) Triple, RBI, 3 Ks

Albert Pujols – 10 for 29 (.345 avg) 3 Doubles, HR, 3 RBIs, 3 Ks

Andrelton Simmons – 5 for 17 (.294 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, K

Mike Trout – 9 for 32 (.281 avg) 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 2 Walks, 7 Ks

Justin Upton – 2 for 12 (.167 avg) 2 RBIs, 4 Ks

Luis Valbuena – 4 for 19 (.211 avg) Double, HR, RBI, 2 Ks

Chris Young – 0 for 4


Andrew Heaney — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 start, 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA. In a 7 inning start, he allowed 2 Runs. First career start at Fenway Park.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi —–

Mookie Betts – 0 for 3

Xander Bogaerts – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) K

Jackie Bradley Jr. —–

Rafael Devers —–

Brock Holt —–

Sandy Leon —–

Tzu-Wei Lin —–

J.D. Martinez —–

Mitch Moreland – 0 for 3

Eduardo Nunez —–

Blake Swihart – 0 for 2, K

Christian Vazquez —–

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