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Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels, 4-19-2018 - Prediction & Preview

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Kevin Millar

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Everything is going right for the Boston Red Sox, and it has propelled them to the best start in the franchise's long history. (1st) and Brock Holt (1). "He got through two innings, but we don't want it to get any worse and just hope he can bounce back for his next start".

The right-hander entered the game on a high note after dazzling with a remarkable one-hit, 12-strikeout performance on April 8 against the Oakland Athletics, in which he carried a ideal game into the seventh inning.

The Red Sox were scheduled to host the Orioles on Monday at Fenway Park, but the game was postponed on Sunday because extended periods of sustained rain were forecasted throughout the day and into the evening.

Fans have seemingly had a change in heart since Kelly helped blow a 4-0 lead in the eighth inning on Opening Day - a performance he called "pathetic" - and all are aboard the Kelly train. The second dinger came in the 3rd inning, and the third one came in the 8th. Betts hit his third solo shot in the seventh inning, matching his career best while Boston's formidable lineup pounded out 15 hits in its fifth consecutive victory.

All of Ohtani's 18 strikeouts in his first two starts were swinging, and he entered Tuesday with a major league-leading 35.2 percent swinging-strike percentage (strikes swinging without contact/total strikes). (Of course, he still struck out eight). He allowed just one ER on three hits and four walks while striking out six in the game. But unlike every other pitcher, Ohtani is hitting home runs and triples when he's not on the bump. "Overall, in the seven games without Bogaerts, Mitch Moreland, Hanley Ramirez, Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts and Eduardo Nunez have combined to hit 0.376 with a 1.137 OPS". They have had three games scoring ten or more runs which shows how explosive this offense can be if they start to click. Price is 4-5 in 10 career starts at Angel Stadium with a 3.67 ERA. Betts now has five home runs this season.

Phillies 5, Braves 1 (10 innings): Rhys Hoskins drove in two runs with a two-out double to spark a four-run rally in the 10th inning, helping Philadelphia outlast host Atlanta.

BC-BBA-Red Sox-Angels, 1st Ld-Writethru, 697 Red Sox continue best-ever start with 9-0 win over AngelsAP Photo ANS101, ANS106, ANS109, ANS111, ANS112Eds: Red Sox 9, Angels 0. He's been equally impressive at the plate, batting.367/.424/.767 with three home runs in only 33 plate appearances.

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