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LA Angels0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 380
  W: R. Weber (2-2)   L: A. Heaney (3-4)   S: B. Workman (10)
1:07 PM PT2:07 PM MT3:07 PM CT4:07 PM ET16:07 ET20:07 GMT4:07 1:07 PM MST3:07 PM EST3:37 PM VEN0:07 UAE (+1)3:07 PM CT, September 1, 2019
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Health brings success for Angels' Heaney; Red Sox next test

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Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Angels won the final two games of a four-game series at Fenway Park from August 8-11 following an eight-game losing streak to the Red Sox. Boston has won five of seven in Anaheim, totaling 27 runs and batting .371 with 11 home runs during a three-game sweep April 17-19, 2018.
  2. Los Angeles was held to three hits in a 3-0 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday for its sixth loss in seven games. The Angels' .308 (8-18) winning percentage since July 31 is tied for the fourth-worst mark in the majors. Their .227 batting average during that span ranks 27th in MLB.
  3. Boston improved to 4-1 on its eight-game road trip with Wednesday's 7-4 victory over Colorado. Xander Bogaerts homered twice to become the first Red Sox shortstop with 30 homers and 100 RBI in a season since Nomar Garciaparra in 1998. Bogaerts' 1.274 OPS since August 12 leads the majors (minimum 50 PA).
  4. Albert Pujols needs one home run to join Hank Aaron (20 seasons), Barry Bonds (19), Frank Robinson (17) and Willie Mays (17) as the only players with at least 17 seasons of 20 homers. Pujols enters this series hitless in his last 15 plate appearances, tied for his longest drought of the season.
  5. J.D. Martinez is tied for second in the AL in homers (9) and batting average (.385) this month, is sixth in RBI (24), third in slugging (.736) and second in OPS (1.199) (minimum 75 PA). Since the start of 2017, Martinez leads the majors with 120 home runs and ranks second with 321 RBI (Nolan Arenado -- 343).
  6. Jose Suarez, Friday's scheduled starter, has a 6.50 ERA in the first 12 starts of his career. That's the second-worst ERA in Angels' history through 12 starts behind Russ Springer's 7.51 ERA from 1993-1994. Suarez is 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA in his last four starts, yielding 28 hits over 17 innings.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/30/2019 thru 9/1/2019

In what has been a lost season both personally and for the team, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney is looking to finish strong and give himself some optimism heading into 2020.

Heaney (3-3. 3.95 ERA) will oppose the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, and he hopes to continue the recent success he's had.

In his past six starts, the lefty is 2-1 with three no-decisions, a 2.38 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 34 innings. Twenty-four of those strikeouts came in his two most recent games -- 14 in eight innings against the Texas Rangers (with no walks) on Aug. 20, and 10 in six innings against Texas again on Tuesday.

But it has been a long road to his recent successes. Heaney, who led the team with 30 starts last season, missed the first two months of this season with elbow inflammation, then missed another 3 1/2 weeks in July and August with shoulder inflammation.

Making matters worse, of course, was the death of his close friend and teammate Tyler Skaggs on July 1. And the Angels, as a club, have been out of the playoff race for several weeks.

For Heaney, it just comes down to his own physical health.

"First of all, when I'm healthy, I know how good I can be," he recently told reporters. "That's No. 1. That's been my issue for a few years now. That's the first thing, having the confidence to go out there and not worry about your arm flying off is a pretty big thing."

Heaney has faced the Red Sox once this season, giving up one run and three hits, but only went 3 2/3 innings because it was his first start after missing the time with the shoulder issue and was on a limited pitch count.

In his career against Boston, Heaney is 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA in three starts.

Left-hander David Price (7-5, 4.36) will start for Boston, his first start since missing four weeks because of a cyst on his left wrist. His last time out, Price had his worst start of the season, giving up seven runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings against the Yankees on Aug. 4

"It's important," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of getting Price back. "This is a guy, we know when he gets on a roll when he's healthy, he's one of the best lefties in the big leagues. Obviously we didn't like that he missed time, but you never know, it might actually help him out to finish strong and take us where we want to go. He looks good, he's in good spirits and he's healthy, so we'll see how he goes."

Price has not faced the Angels this season, but he is 7-7 with a 3.34 ERA and one shutout in 17 career starts. Price has had success against Mike Trout, holding the Angels star center fielder to a .192 average (5 for 26) with no extra-base hits and 11 strikeouts.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 1, 2019

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