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Fresh off the tragic death of pitcher Nick Adenhart, the Angels took the field for the first time without their lost teammate Friday night to face the Red Sox. After etching Adenhart’s initials in the dirt on the mound, Jered Weaver proceeded to allow just one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings. He also struck out eight hitters to earn the 6-3 win.
Tim Wakefield got the start for the Sox, and allowed three runs on six hits and five walks in six innings pitched, but received no run support and took the loss. George Kottaras got the start as Tim Wakefield’s new personal catcher and did not record an error trying to catch the often-erratic knuckleball. He also finished 1-3, but it was not enough to help the Sox win.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B: Youk has earned three straight “Sox Stud” nods, for what it’s worth. He finished 2-4 with an RBI, dropping his season average to .625 out of the cleanup spot. Too bad the rest of the lineup can’t hit yet.
Justin Masterson, RP: He had an awful seventh inning in relief of Tim Wakefield, allowing three runs in one inning of work on four hits and a walk. Not too impressive…