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MLB : ATS Matchup
Sunday 7/7/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  -175

-1.5  +155



BOSTON (54 - 35) at LA ANGELS (42 - 45)
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Sunday, 7/7/2013 8:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
977BOSTON+125Ov 8,-110+115Ov 8,+100
978LA ANGELS-135Un 8,-110-125Un 8,-120
BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games54-35+11.843-425.10.2790.3494.10.2490.319
Road Games23-19+5.121-195.10.2640.3394.00.2570.329
vs Right-handed Starters36-24+732-255.40.2810.3514.40.2460.318
Past 7 Games5-2+2.81-64.90.3140.3663.60.2550.308
Grass Games46-31+6.635-385.00.2850.3514.10.2470.317
Night Games36-26+6.234-255.30.2820.3534.30.2510.324
BOSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games5.10.2790.349893081859317910.034443307246967085488061
Road Games5.10.2640.339421495395130470.032051683624132646173923
Righty Starters5.40.2810.351602096590220620.033142235025445558385045
BOSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.051.381255.71261152503410327515-12171356.7%
Road Games3.101.277127.7484411415491415-68657.1%

LA ANGELS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games42-45-16.348-374.70.2670.3284.70.2610.323
Home Games23-25-14.727-204.70.2810.3434.80.2590.319
vs Right-handed Starters32-33-11.238-254.90.2730.3314.80.2570.323
Past 7 Games5-2+2.83-34.90.2760.3154.90.2600.324
Grass Games42-45-16.348-374.70.2670.3284.70.2610.323
Night Games25-37-23.735-274.30.2660.3225.10.2720.334
LA ANGELS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.70.2670.328873018806259930.0338227561141609102676970
Home Games4.70.2810.343481637460135450.032151543192534059363838
Righty Starters4.90.2730.331652300628194760.033001994683046083515056
LA ANGELS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.901.3072771291202452311726314-1123776.7%
Home Games4.431.356156.3837714716651508-79564.3%
BOSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
6/23/2013DOUBRONT(L)@ DETROITVERLANDER(R)5-7L1658.5 unO121138100
6/25/2013DEMPSTER(R)COLORADONICASIO(R)11-4W-18510 ovO2013311101
6/26/2013LACKEY(R)COLORADOOSWALT(R)5-3W-1859.5 unU1070960
6/27/2013LESTER(L)TORONTOWANG(R)7-4W-1709.5 unO940520
6/28/2013WEBSTER(R)TORONTOJOHNSON(R)7-5W-11010 evO1591850
6/29/2013DOUBRONT(L)TORONTOROGERS(R)2-6L-14010.5 ovU10821051
6/30/2013DEMPSTER(R)TORONTOBUEHRLE(L)5-4W-15010 unU98011101
7/2/2013LACKEY(R)SAN DIEGOERLIN(L)4-1W-2159.5 unU970660
7/3/2013LESTER(L)SAN DIEGOVOLQUEZ(R)2-1W-19010 unU990660
7/4/2013WEBSTER(R)SAN DIEGOSTULTS(L)8-2W-16010.5 unU18907100
7/5/2013DOUBRONT(L)@ LA ANGELSWILSON(L)6-2W1258.5 unU1380652
7/6/2013DEMPSTER(R)@ LA ANGELSWILLIAMS(R)7-9L-1108.5 unO121421793
7/14/2013 @ OAKLAND  

LA ANGELS - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
6/23/2013BLANTON(R)PITTSBURGHMORTON(R)9-10L-1559 unO9821373
6/25/2013WILSON(L)@ DETROITPORCELLO(R)14-8W1209.5 unO161111066
6/26/2013BUCKNER(R)@ DETROITALVAREZ(L)7-4W13510 ovO10501271
6/27/2013WEAVER(R)@ DETROITFISTER(R)3-1W1358.5 unU11100770
6/28/2013WILLIAMS(R)@ HOUSTONNORRIS(R)4-2W-1409 unU770772
6/29/2013BLANTON(R)@ HOUSTONLYLES(R)7-2W-1459 unP1170442
6/30/2013WILSON(L)@ HOUSTONHARRELL(R)3-1W-1509 unU871572
7/2/2013WEAVER(R)ST LOUISLYNN(R)5-1W-1208 ovU941981
7/3/2013WILLIAMS(R)ST LOUISMILLER(R)2-12L-1108.5 ovO6511380
7/4/2013BLANTON(R)ST LOUISWAINWRIGHT(R)6-5W+1258 unO11411060
7/5/2013WILSON(L)BOSTONDOUBRONT(L)2-6L-1358.5 unU6521380
7/6/2013WILLIAMS(R)BOSTONDEMPSTER(R)9-7W+1008.5 unO179312142
7/14/2013 @ SEATTLE  
BOSTON: HITTING: OF JACOBY ELLSBURY's 2011 breakout was no fluke. He has real power to complement his elite speed. 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA bounced back from a slow start to finish with career highs in HR and RBI. He benefits from hitting behind Ellsbury. 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS is a huge injury risk. His best seasons are behind him. 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ wasted no time winning over Boston fans last year, and should hit even more HR in 2012. DH DAVID ORTIZ has put together two straight impressive years after being left for dead in 2009. 2011 Super Bust OF CARL CRAWFORD will bounce back, just not as much as most experts think. Most of the catcher duties will go to C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA, with C KELLY SHOPPACH getting ABs against lefties. Right field will be filled by former Giants playoff hero CODY ROSS. SS NICK PUNTO replaces Marco Scutaro, who is now in Colorado. 3B MIKE AVILES is a solid hitter with the defensive flexibility to end up with semi-regular ABs.
STARTING PITCHING: JON LESTER seems to have leveled off as a very good pitcher instead of ascending into an elite class. He lost some speed on his pitches and got hit a little harder in 2011. Coming off the best season of his up-and-down career, JOSH BECKETT's numbers are bound to regress a bit in 2012. Back problems limited CLAY BUCHHOLZ last season, and he lost some of the zip on his fastball. He'll tally a low ERA and 15+ wins if he can stay healthy. ALFREDO ACEVES was outstanding out of the bullpen last year, and will compete for a rotation spot this year. He was a starter for years in the Mexican League and the minors. Former setup man DANIEL BARD is being converted to a starter, but he may wind up back in the bullpen later on. After Tommy John surgeries, DAISUKE MATSUZAKA is due to return around July, while JOHN LACKEY won't be back until 2013.
RELIEF PITCHING: ANDREW BAILEY was a acquired from Oakland in December for a heap of prospects. He's one of the best closers in baseball, and may even be an upgrade from departed Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Time will tell how he'll handle the increased scrutiny of playing in Boston. Coming over in a trade for infielder Jed Lowrie, MARK MELANCON was excellent as a closer last season in Houston and should be Bailey's main set-up man in the eighth inning. BOBBY JENKS has ninth-inning experience, but he will be out at least two months coming off a pulmonary embolism.
LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis.
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Red Sox-Angels Preview* ========================


Boston (54-35) at Los Angeles (42-45), 8:05 p.m. EDT

After making a name for himself with the Los Angeles Angels, John Lackey failed to meet expectations in his first few seasons with the Boston Red Sox.

He's continuing to make up for lost time.

Lackey aims for a fourth consecutive victory as the visiting Red Sox conclude a three-game set Sunday night against Los Angeles, which tries to build on a thrilling win.

Lackey (6-5, 2.81 ERA) failed to approach the All-Star form and big-game reputation he earned with the Angels in his first two years with Boston, going 26-23 with a 5.26 ERA in 2010 and '11. He missed all of 2012 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The right-hander, however, leads the Red Sox rotation with a 4.39 strikeout-to-walk ratio and owns a career-low ERA.

"I'm healthy," he said of his resurgence. "I've been locating the ball pretty good, but it has happened before, you know. I'm just having a good time pitching. I'm not really worried about what slack I need to pick up or any of that. I missed a full season. I'm enjoying feeling good and enjoying competing."

Lackey allowed one run in a season-high eight innings of a 4-1 win over San Diego on Tuesday. He's 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA over his last four starts.

"That's as good as I've seen John throw in a number of years," Padres manager Bud Black told MLB's official website. "The velocity was really up the first 50 or 60 pitches. He had a good breaking ball in the last few innings. His arm looked good."

Lackey compiled a 2.45 ERA in winning his first four starts against his former team, then yielded eight runs in four-plus innings of an 11-0 loss May 5, 2011, in his most recent start against them. He has had trouble with Josh Hamilton, who is 12 for 27 (.444) with four homers in their matchups.

Hamilton came through with a two-run walkoff homer in the 11th inning of Saturday's 9-7 win, the Angels' ninth in 11 games. Hamilton is batting .375 with two homers, nine RBIs and 10 runs during an 11-game hitting streak.

"I was trying to do a little too much at the plate earlier in the game, and then I understood that I should just be relaxing up there like I've been doing the last couple of weeks," said Hamilton, who finished the night 2 for 6 with three RBIs. "I'm just taking it one at-bat at a time and understanding that if you don't succeed on one, you get to do it three or four more times in the game."

Hamilton got the chance to win it because Los Angeles rallied with four runs in the ninth.

The Red Sox, who had won five straight and nine of 10, will try to bounce back against Jered Weaver (2-4, 3.79). The right-hander beat St. Louis 5-1 on Tuesday to snap a five-start winless stretch, allowing one run in seven innings while throwing a season-high 105 pitches.

"I think the ball's coming out a lot better than it had been, and that's just a sign of the arm strength coming back," said Weaver, who missed more than seven weeks with a broken left elbow earlier this year. "I feel strong again, and hopefully I can maintain this through the rest of the season."

Weaver has gone 1-3 with a 4.78 ERA in his last five starts versus Boston. David Ortiz is 11 for 34 with three homers against Weaver, including playoffs, while Dustin Pedroia is 5 for 31.

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