Mike Trout, Angels off Thursday; face Boston ace Chris Sale on Friday

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Mike Trout, Angels off Thursday; face Boston ace Chris Sale on Friday

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 3.66 ERA) will make his second start since coming off the disabled list because of a right knee injury when the Red Sox open a three-game series at the Seattle Mariners on Monday. Sale said. "It seems like he makes a great catch and it's like, all right, that's the best one". I think Hanley felt that previous year at the position, so (maybe) it also keeps the mind occupied on the defensive side rather than sitting around for two or three innings prior to your next at-bat. "You gotta stay focused, but you know you can attack hitters more aggressively than usual". He finished up his afternoon's work having struck out eight and walked one.

Only three other pitchers in major league history have record 200 strikeouts in 20 or fewer starts: Nolan Ryan (1977), Randy Johnson (three times) and Martinez (1999).

Sale has won 11 of his last 13 decisions.

"I've not been around a pitcher that's had those kind of totals", Manager John Farrell said.

He needed just 96 pitches.

Like Trout, Pedroia approaches his at-bats understanding he likely will get no more than one good pitch to hit. "To see how consistent he's been with the strikeout totals is unique and certainly impressive".

It was just the fifth win in 14 games for the Angels, whose 4.06 runs per game rank last in the American League.

He now leads the American League in earned run average, innings pitched and is tied for first in wins. "It's fun to watch". That made it a three-run game at the time, which was more than enough in the end. On reliever Kyle Martin's first pitch of the inning, Angels catcher Martin Maldonado homered to left field, his 11th of the season. Simmons earned another RBI on a single, and a Bogaerts error led to the Angels' sixth run of the night. Angels starter JC Ramirez was in serious jeopardy in the first inning and again in the second. Ramirez retired the next batter on a groundout, but then gave up an RBI double to Mookie Betts. Bud Norris earned his 15th save while only giving up a single to Hanley Ramirez to start the ninth. "He's taking baby steps right now", Scioscia said. "That set the tone for the game".

The Red Sox dropped five runs on the Angels in the first inning Friday and had a 3-0 lead after two innings Saturday. "We just didn't make it easy for them". "We were maybe a hit here or there away from at least getting back into the game".

What had been the plan all offseason - for Ramirez to play first base against left-handed starters and Mitch Moreland to handle first against righties - is now the alignment the Red Sox will be using going forward, according to Farrell. Since being claimed off waivers from the Angels, Fister is 0-4 with a 7.89 ERA in five games (four starts).

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