American League Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, August 10 (All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (51-65) at LA Angels of Anaheim (68-48), 3:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Rubby De La Rosa (3-4, 3.43) LA Angels - Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.83)
(SportsNetwork.com) - On the heels of the longest game in the major leagues this season, the Boston Red Sox and LA Angels of Anaheim will square off in the rubber match of a three-game set on Sunday afternoon.
Rubby De La Rosa will make his 11th start of the season for the Red Sox and looks to improve upon his 3-4 record and 3.43 ERA.
After back-to-back losses to end July, De La Rosa impressed in an Aug. 5 outing at St. Louis by allowing just one earned run over six innings of work, but he had to settle for a no-decision.
"I feel good," De La Rosa said. "I had a couple of walks. I missed a couple of pitches, (but) I feel everything worked."
The 25-year-old Dominican has struggled away from Fenway Park, going 0-3 with a 5.08 ERA in 28 1/3 innings on the road.
Hector Santiago gets the call for the Angels. Despite a solid 3.83 ERA, he's just 3-7 to show for it.
Santiago's latest start came on Aug. 5, when he allowed four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers.
The southpaw is 0-2 in his career versus Boston with a 5.68 ERA.
On Saturday, the teams played a marathon session deep into the night. The contest was finally decided in the 19th inning, after six hours and 31 minutes, when Albert Pujols' walk-off home run lifted the Angels to a 5-4 victory.
"I had the opportunity twice to give the team the lead (earlier in the game) and I didn't come through, but you need to stay positive all the time and look for a pitch to hit," Pujols said following his 22nd longball of the season (514th career). "I did, and I put my best swing of the second half on it."
The Red Sox had a chance to win it in the 14th after taking a 4-3 lead on a David Ortiz sac fly, but the Angels tied it up in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout by Mike Trout. Trout also belted his 26th home run of the year in the eighth inning and finished 3-for-8.
The Angels remained four games behind Oakland for the AL West lead.
Garrett Richards carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before running into trouble, exiting after 6 1/3 frames and allowing three hits, two walks and three runs (one earned). Eight relievers later, Matt Shoemaker (10-4) earned the win, finishing the game off with three perfect innings.
Brandon Workman (1-6) served up the home run ball to Pujols, the only batter he faced all night. Clay Buchholz started the game for the Red Sox, striking out eight over eight innings of work while allowing three earned runs.
Both teams used nine pitchers and a total of 558 pitches were thrown.
Boston had just six hits in 60 at-bats on the night while striking out 18 times. Dustin Pedroia was 2-for-8 with a pair of steals.
08/10 10:45:18 ET