John Lackey’s season debut with the Angels lasted all of two pitches to Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, as he was ejected after hitting Ian Kinsler in the ribs with a pitch. The hit-by-pitch came after Lackey’s first pitch sailed behind Kinsler’s back.
Mike Scioscia is currently arguing his case to no avail. Shane Loux to enter in relief.
Ervin Santana and John Lackey will be activated from the disabled list this week, throwing the starting rotation into flux. Matt Palmer will start today against Tim Wakefield as scheduled before Santana makes his 2009 debut Thursday afternoon against Brad Penny.
Joe Saunders, originally scheduled to pitch Thursday, will take the mound in the opener of the series at Texas Friday before Lackey makes his debut Saturday.
The Angels retained their 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning when leftfielder Juan Rivera threw a one-hop frozen rope home, nailing Jacoby Ellsbury’s attempt to try to tag up from first base.
Ellsbury led off the sixth with a single off Jered Weaver – who has given up only three hits thus far – and stole second before advancing to third on a tag up off a Julio Lugo fly ball to right. David Ortiz hit a slightly shallow fly ball to left, which Rivera caught and threw home to get Ellsbury on a bang-bang play.
Boston starter Justin Masterson’s three walks and one hit batter in the first two innings apparently didn’t move home plate umpire Jim Joyce, who gave Masterson and both clubs a warning after Masterson threw a pitch behind Torii Hunter to lead off the bottom of the third. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
It’s a 1-1 tie right now, with the Angels having left five runners on base during the first two innings. A Kendry Morales sacrifice fly brought in Maicer Izturis in the bottom of the first for the Angels, while J.D. Drew hit a solo homer in to straightaway center off Jered Weaver in the second.