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The Sox look to sweep the LAA’s behind Nathan Eovaldi.

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The Red Sox look to stuff the Angels in the garbage, purely figuratively, when they finish their three-game set this afternoon (1:10 p.m., NESN, MLBN out-of-market, free game of the day) behind Nathan Eovaldi, looking for a sweep.

José Quintana starts for the Angels, which is very good news for the Red Sox, as Q has been terrible this year, with an ERA of 9 even. Just as notable as who it is is who it isn’t: the Sox avoid Shohei Ohtani, pitcher, this trip, which is both good (for the record) and bad (because fun things are good). Eovaldi, on the flip side, is 4-2 with a 4.20 ERA, which is obviously a delight, and coming off a strong performance last time out.

It’s an outrageously Sunday lineup, with Alex Verdugo getting the day off, Michael Chavis batting leadoff, Hunter Renfroe in center, the works. You love to see it. Mostly the Quintana part tho. The Angels again did that thing where they take forever with their lineup, because Joe Maddon, of course, needs to settle in to his brain chair for a good 45 minutes before he’d even think about announcing a lineup.

Game 42 vs. Angels

Lineup spot Angels Red Sox
Lineup spot Angels Red Sox
1 José Rojas, 2B Michael Chavis, 2B
2 Mike Trout, CF Rafael Devers, 3B
3 Shohei Ohtani, DH J.D. Martinez, LF
4 Anthony Rendon, 3B Xander Bogaerts, DH
5 Jared Walsh, 1B Hunter Renfroe, CF
6 Taylor Ward, RF Bobby Dalbec, 1B
7 Jose Iglesias, SS Marwin Gonzalez, RF
8 Phil Gosselin, LF Kevin Plawecki, C
9 Drew Butera, C Jonathan Araúz, SS
SP José Quintana, LHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP