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Red Sox Head West to Face Angels

East meets west on Thursday when the Boston Red Sox travel to the west coast to visit the Los Angeles Angels in the first game of a four-game series. The current line has Boston favored at -160, Los Angeles at +155 and the over/under run total on 8.5.

Entering this game, Boston has a record of 55-44 overall and 21-19 on the road. The Red Sox are 4-6 over their past 10 games played. Los Angeles on the season is 45-56 overall and 22-26 at home. The Angels are 6-4 over their past 10 games played.

David Price will try to find his old form when Boston opens a road trip of 11 games in the opener of this series with the Angels. Price has a record of 1-3 with an ERA of 5.30 over his past six outings. The veteran lefthander has given up 11 hits or more in three of those 6 starts.

Price has been mostly a disappointment thus far in his first season with Boston. His ERA of 4.51 is the highest as a professional and far above his career mark of 3.09 that he had prior to the start of this season.

Price on the season is 9-7 with an ERA of 4.51. Los Angeles will counter with Jered Weaver. The Angels right-hander is 8-8 with an ERA of 5.32 on the season.

In 12 starts over his career versus the Angels, Price is 5-5 with an ERA of 3.59. Weaver gave up 7 hits and 6 runs over four innings in a loss to Houston in his most recent outing. Weaver is 2-2 over his past four starts. The Angels hurler is 4-6 with an ERA of 4.16 in 16 starts during his career versus Boston.

Albert Pujols the veteran slugger of the Angels knocked in his 28th run of July, which is the most in baseball, in the Angels 7-5 loss on Wednesday to Kansas City. Pujols needs just 22 RBIs to reach 100 for the season, for the third time in five seasons with Los Angeles.

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel will make an appearance for Pawtucket in Triple-A, as part of his rehab from a knee injury.

Mike Trout the star player for the Angels has gone eight games without a home run and hit just two during July.

Prediction: Boston is battling for a playoff berth while Los Angles is out of contention. Lean on the Red Sox here.

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