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Red Sox at Angels lineup: The team of the year vs. the players of the year

It’s Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout against the 13-2 Red Sox tonight in Orange County.

Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox
Introduce Shohei, will ya?
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The Red Sox (13-2) face down the almost equally hot Angels (13-3) and two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani (2-0, 2.08 ERA), making his third pitching start of the year, in Anaheim tonight (10:05 p.m., NESN, MLBN out-of-market) behind David Price (1-1, 2.40 ERA). Read the series preview here.

About tonight’s game: Price returns after his 4 earned run, injury-shortened start against the Yankees last Wednesday, ostensibly at full health. He’ll need everything in his arsenal to face down the Halos, who won’t have the heavy-hitting Ohtani in their lineup; this leaves them only with the hands-down best player in baseball in Mike “The same age as Bobby Poyner” Trout. You read that right. Look at this nonsense:

Still, somehow, tonight is about Ohtani. Last time he pitched, he took a perfect game into the seventh inning, making the A’s look silly in the process. The Red Sox present a challenge of a different magnitude, and this game is as must-see as any April contest could be. The Red Sox roll out the basic lineup, with Brock Holt playing shortstop and batting ninth in place of the still-injured Xander Bogearts. The Angels have Trout batting second, old man Albert Pujols in the cleanup spot and Justin Upton batting between them. It should be a blast from start to finish.

About Sunday’s game: The Sox bear the Orioles for their fourth straight win behind a strong start from Christian Vazquez and offensive firepower from Andrew Benintendi, among others. Read the recap here.

Forecast: SoCal, baby! It’s gonna be a nice 69 degrees or so at game time.

A Lil Wayne tweet to get you pumped for tonight:


Game 16 at Angels

Lineup Spot Red Sox Angels
Lineup Spot Red Sox Angels
1 Mookie Betts, RF Ian Kinsler, 2B
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Mike Trout, CF
3 Hanley Ramirez, 1B Justin Upton, LF
4 J.D. Martinez, DH Albert Pujols, DH
5 Rafael Devers, 3B Zack Cozart, 3B
6 Eduardo Nunez, 2B Kole Calhoun, RF
7 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Andrelton Simmons, SS
8 Christian Vazquez, C Jefry Marte, 1B
9 Brock Holt, SS Martin Maldonado, C
SP David Price, LHP Shohei Ohtani, RHP