Friday, July 1, 2016

Red Sox, Angels to renew acquaintances at Fenway

Fenway Park spectators will get their annual look at superstar Mike Trout, as the Angels visit the Red Sox for a three-game series that starts on Friday night.
In 13 career games in Boston, Trout has never homered, but has a .373 average, six doubles and a .930 OPS.
Trout will be playing against the two outfielders he might be starting alongside at the July 12 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard in Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts. When the latest round of balloting was announced earlier this week, Trout, Bradley and Betts ranked 1-2-3 in outfield voting.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright, who leads the American League with a 2.18 ERA, also could earn a trip to the Midsummer Classic in San Diego. The right-hander draws the assignment for the Red Sox in the series opener as he tries to bounce back from a rare subpar start. The Angels counter with righty Jhoulys Chacin.
Three things to know about this game
• Daniel Nava, who was an important player for the 2013 World Series champion Red Sox, returns to Fenway with the Angels. In five seasons with the Red Sox, Nava batted .267 with a .744 OPS in 424 games. He is a .277 hitter at Fenway with a .777 OPS.
• Hanley Ramirez has the most at-bats of any active Boston player against Chacin, going 4-for-15 with a homer. Albert Pujols has a double and a homer in five career at-bats against Wright.
• The Red Sox hope to activate left fielder Brock Holt (concussion) and catcher Ryan Hanigan (neck strain) for this series. For the Angels, third baseman Yunel Escobar should return to action over the course of the three-game set, manager Mike Scioscia said. Escobar hasn't played since Thursday against Oakland while dealing with a bone bruise in his left knee. Jefry Marte and Gregorio Petit have each started at third base in Escobar's absence.

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