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  W: E. Rodríguez (2-0)   L: N. Tropeano (1-1)
7:07 PM PT8:07 PM MT9:07 PM CT10:07 PM ET22:07 ET2:07 GMT10:07 7:07 PM MST9:07 PM EST9:37 PM VEN6:07 UAE (+1)9:07 PM CT, April 19, 2018
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 36,253

Red Sox poised to sweep Angels

According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Red Sox have won four straight games and 13 of their last 14. Thirteen of their 15 games this season have been played against the AL East. Boston has collected at least 10 hits in nine of its last 11 games. The Red Sox have multiple doubles in 11 straight and in 14 of their 15 games this season.
  2. The Angels have won seven straight games and 10 of their last 11. Los Angeles' 26 home runs through 16 games are the second most in franchise history (27 HR thru 16 games in 2014).
  3. The Angels won 2-of-3 in both series against the Red Sox in 2017, and since 2012, Los Angeles is 26-13 against Boston. The Angels have won 14 of the last 20 meetings with the Red Sox in Orange County.
  4. The Red Sox have an MLB-high six different players with 9+ RBI, including Hanley Ramirez who is leading the team with 15 RBI. Ramirez is the first Red Sox player with 15+ RBI through the first 15 Red Sox games of a season since Mike Napoli in 2013 (17 RBI thru 15 games).
  5. Mike Trout is the only player in baseball currently leading his team in runs scored (15), home runs (6), runs batted in (13), walks (11) and stolen bases (2, tied with two others). Trout is the first player in franchise history to hit at least one home run in each of the Angels' first five series of a season.
  6. Shohei Ohtani's first two MLB starts, both against the Oakland Athletics, were highly successful. He is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA, 18 strikeouts (against just two walks) and only four hits allowed. In his last start, on Sunday April 8, against Oakland, Ohtani retired the first 19 A's before allowing a Marcus Semien single with one out in the seventh inning.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/17/2018 thru 4/19/2018
(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

The highly anticipated three-game series between the two hottest teams in the American League has turned into a one-sided affair.

The Boston Red Sox head into the series finale against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night with a chance to sweep after two impressive wins at Angel Stadium. Boston hasn't swept Los Angeles since winning a four-game series at Angel Stadium from April 21-24, 2011.

The Red Sox (15-2) have outscored the Angels 19-1 through the first two games, powering nine home runs.

"Those guys, if you miss some spots, they're going to swing the bats," Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters Wednesday night. "We can too, but we haven't really pressured those guys the way we need to on the offensive side."

The two starters for Boston, David Price and Rick Porcello, came in with losing records against the Angels in their decorated careers, but neither had problems mowing through the batting order, and neither has the Boston bullpen.

Seven Red Sox pitchers have combined to strike out 18 batters in the series.

Boston left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (1-0, 3.72 ERA) will take his turn in his third start of the season on Thursday. He'll not only try to follow up Price and Porcello, but his last performance as well.

Rodriguez allowed one run and five hits in six innings against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, using a steady stream of fastballs to strike out eight and walk two in the 7-3 victory.

"Elevated fastball, that should be a weapon for him," Rod Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters after the game. "He keeps learning, but you can see the stuff is there. He's electric."

Rodriguez has faced the Angels once and produced the worst numbers of his four-year career in that outing at Angel Stadium on July 20, 2015.

Then a rookie, Rodriguez was up against a red-hot Los Angeles team that had won 13 of its past 16 games, and he allowed seven runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings of the 11-1 loss. He gave up all seven runs in a span of eight pitches.

Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols each went 1-for-2 with a home run off Rodriguez.

Scioscia said he doesn't expect the offensive slump to last long.

"We're a much better offensive team than any time in the last number of years, so we have a lot of confidence we'll continue to swing the bats well," Scioscia said.

The Angels will send right-hander Nick Tropeano (1-0, 0.00) to the mound in his second regular-season outing since undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2016. Tropeano shut out the Kansas City Royals for 6 2/3 innings April 12 in a 7-1 victory. He allowed six hits, struck out six and walked two.

"Our bullpen's been used a lot and we have to get a little bit of length from our starters," Scioscia said.

Tropeano is a native New Yorker who went to West Islip High School and Stony Brook College on Long Island. He has never faced the Red Sox in 26 major league appearances (25 starts).

Boston first baseman Mitch Moreland faced Tropeano seven times as a member of the Texas Rangers and is 1-for-7 with a home run. The only other current Red Sox player to bat off Tropeano at the major league level is second baseman Eduardo Nunez, who is 0-for-4.

Updated April 19, 2018

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