Scioscia: "I'll guarantee a victory."

There was much debate a day ago, before Game 3, about whether or not Angels manager Mike Scioscia guaranteed a victory. While being asked to compare his team’s plight to that of the already defeated Cubs, Scioscia wouldn’t do it and said the Angels were not going to get eliminated.

It figured then that before today’s Game 4, Scioscia was asked if he was willing to make another prediction. The exchange went like this:

Reporter: You were confident enough yesterday to emphatically say to us, “we’re not getting eliminated.”
Scioscia: Let me say this, if there are more questions out there about be doing some kind of forensic anaylsis or pre-mortem, I’m going to have the same response. We’re going to win.

Different reporter: I think Jack was tryng to get you to guarantee a victory.
Scioscia: Well, ask me to do a forensic anaylsis and I’ll guarantee it. I’ll guarantee a victory. I’m not going to sit here and compare. The question yesterday was comparing us to what happened to the Cubs. The Cubs were eliminated. We’re not eliminated. That’s my position on that.

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ALDS Game 4 lineups

Just one slight change with the Angels lineup and it is a direct result of Mike Napoli’s productive Game 3. He will jump up one spot ahead of Juan Rivera. The Red Sox have made more changes. Mike Lowell (sore hip) is out with Kevin Youkilis playing third base and Mark Kotsay at first.

Chone Figgins 3B
Garret Anderson LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Torii Hunter CF
Mike Napoli C
Juan Rivera RF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Erick Aybar SS

John Lackey P

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
JD Drew RF
Jason Bay LF
Mark Kotsay 1B
Jed Lowrie SS
Jason Varitek C

Jon Lester P

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Scioscia defiant before Game 3

A reporter (no, not this one) was asking Angels manager Mike Scioscia before Game 3 if there was any way to explain how the Cubs didn’t bring thier game against the Dodgers and the Angels haven’t brought thier’s against the Red Sox. Scioscia has even said as much, that the Angels haven’t been able to bring their game on the field. Apparently, Scioscia found something in the question he did not like.

“Well, first of all, we’re not getting eliminated tonight, so I’m not going to answer that question,” Scioscia said. “And we’ll talk about that if it comes up because we’re not going to talk about it now.”

So the reporter tried to explain that it’s not like he thought the Angels would get eliminated, but only that the “trend of play” has been different.

“We’re not getting eliminated tonight and we’ll talk about it at some point,” Scioscia said.

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Red Sox lineup for Game 3

No JD Drew, who hit the game-winning home run in Game 2. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he wants to be careful with Drew’s bad back and said that Coco Crisp has had some good at bats against Angels starter Joe Saunders.

Jacoby Ellsbury RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Jason Bay lF
Mike Lowell 3B
Jed Lowrie SS
Jason Varitek C
Coco Crisp CF

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