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.

ANGELS:
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

RED SOX:
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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Angels Game 3 lineup

Mike Scioscia just annonced the lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS in Boston.

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

Hunter’s hyperextended left knee is feeling just fine after sitting out Saturday’s workout. Kendrick (0-for-9 with five strikeouts) drops to the No. 8 spot as expected.

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Angels hint at OF change

Not only will Jeff Mathis start at catcher in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday – taking his regular spot with Ervin Santana pitching – but a change in the outfield is expected as well.
With Gary Matthews Jr. feeling the effects from a sore knee while batting left-handed, he isn’t likely to start in Game 2. Either Juan Rivera or Kendry Morales will be in right field tonight against Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, although Matthews hasn’t been completely ruled out.

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Speier tries to lighten mood

Justin Speier isn’t on the roster for the ALDS, so he took it upon himself to lighten the mood in the clubhouse Thursday a day after the Game 1 defeat to the Red Sox.
Dressed in a wet suit and wearing flippers on his feet, Speier burst into the clubhouse shouting, “Is there practice today? Is there practice today?” To make the scene complete, Speier was carrying a Boogie Board and wet down his hair and face.
The scene drew big laughs, especially when Speier twice nearly stumbled while trying to walk with the flippers.

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Angels fans cheer Dodgers

It happened just before Wednesday’s game when the Red Sox were taking batting practice. The Dodgers game was playing on the large video boards and Manny Ramirez hit a home run. The cheer was really in jest toward Ramirez’s former teammates, which goes to show that an Angel fan can cheer on the Dodgers if it’s for the right reasons. As for the moment the Dodgers victory was posted on the out-of-town scoreboard, nobody really seemed to care.

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Jered Weaver hits concession stands

With the Red Sox taking over the field for their workout, Jered Weaver is making good use of the concourse area above the field level seats by using it as a jogging track. It’s the ideal place to jog, really, if you can avoid the temptations of stopping for a cold frosty one, fixing a hot dog with the works and chowing down a plate of orange chicken at Panda Express.

The concourse is shaded except for in center field near the rock formation and behind the left-field seats so it’s an ideal running route. Can’t think of too many places where an outdoor jog is 80 percent in the shade.

If they can use the Metrodome concourse in Minneapolis for roller blading in the winter, then this makes perfect sense.

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Red Sox take the field

The Red Sox are getting in their work at Tuesday’s workout (mostly batting practice), while Angel Stadium gets its final touches for Game 1 of the ALDS on Wednesday. The top of the dugout suites, right behind home plate, was freshly painted and now reads “Welcome to the 2008 Division Series,” with a pair of ALDS logos included.

There are also oversized ALDS logos that were painted onto the field in foul territory on the first- and third-base sides. There also is an Angels logo painted behind home plate. Red, white and blue bunting is hanging from the upper deck. Otherwise, the ballpark looks ready to go for Wednesday.

Manager Mike Scioscia and Game 1 starter John Lackey are due into the interview room in an hour or so.

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