Boston Red Sox (7-11) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (12-7)
Jon Lester (1-1, 3.20) vs. Dan Haren (4-0, 1.16)
10:05PM EDT | Angel Stadium (Anaheim, California)
TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, SBN 1510
Boston: Kevin Youkilis, bruised shin (day-to-day)
Los Angeles: Scott Kazmir, stiff lower back (placed on 15-day DL 4/9, retroactive to 4/4); Kendrys Morales, fractured left leg (placed on 15-day DL 3/29, retroactive to 3/22); Joel Pinero, tight right shoulder (placed on 15-day DL 3/29, retroactive to 3/22); Freddy Sandoval, strained left oblique (placed on 15-day DL 3/29, retroactive to 3/22)
Jon Lester is having the best April of his career. Obviously, record and ERA does not tell the whole story but looking at those stats from the last 3 seasons shows the difference.
2011: 1-1, 3.20
2010: 1-2, 4.71
2009: 1-2, 5.40
2008: 1-2, 4.31
Hopefully the Red Sox get more of the same from Jon Lester today as his opponent has had an excellent start to the 2011 season. In 31 innings encompasing 4 starts and one relief appearance, Haren has allowed only 4 runs with 27 strikeouts and 2 walks.
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Today is Earth Day; we all remember Nick Green and many Sox fans know that Pumpsie Green was the first African-American to play for the Red Sox, but I’m sure not many people know Lenny Green. He had a very mediocre, but 12-year career as an outfielder in the 50s and 60s. Green played for the Red Sox in 1965 and 1966, appearing in a total of 204 games with 581 plate appearances. Over his career he hit .267 with 47 homeruns, 253 RBIs and a .351 OBP.
On Saturday, during the Red Sox vs. Angels game at 9:05, Troy and others here at Fire Brand will be holding a live chat. We will be joined by Angels blogger Garrett Wilson of Monkey With a Halo. Please join us and in the meantime check out Garrett’s site, www.monkeywithahalo.com to read up on the Sox’ opponent.