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The Angels did their best to rattle Josh Beckett, and it may have worked as the Angels beat the Red Sox. In the first inning, Bobby Abreu called time while Beckett was starting his delivery, causing the hot-headed ace to fire his pitch towards Abreu’s head. He didn’t seem to have intent in hitting Abreu, but did mean to send a message to the veteran outfielder.
After some words were exchanged, the benches cleared and four members of the Angels were thrown out as a result, including Torii Hunter, Justin Speier, and coach Mike Scioscia. The incident seemed to light a fire in Abreu, who delivered a key two-run single in the third inning to give the Angels a 3-2 lead. Vladimir Guerrero launched an important solo HR in the eighth inning off Hideki Okajima, which proved to be pivotal in the ninth inning when Brian Fuentes allowed a David Ortiz RBI single to earn the save in a 5-4 win.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B: Kevin Youkilis continued his hot hitting, finishing 2-4 with a HR and a walk. After the first week of the season, Youk is hitting an absurd .522.
Hideki Okajima, RP: Mike Lowell struggled (0-4, 2 Ks, 5 men left on base), but the biggest goat Sunday afternoon was Choke-a-jima. Guerrero crushed Okie’s pitch to give the Angels a huge insurance run.