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  W: S. Ohtani (4-1)   L: N. Eovaldi (9-5)   S: R. Iglesias (17)
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Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 28,689

Shohei Ohtani set to pitch, but maybe not hit, vs. Red Sox

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Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels

  1. Boston took two of three games from the Angels at home in mid-May and is 12-4 against them since the start of the 2018 season. The Red Sox have averaged 6.81 runs while hitting 41 homers (2.6 per game) over those 16 contests.
  2. Boston had its eight-game win streak snapped with a 7-6 loss in Oakland on Saturday, before bouncing back with a 1-0 win on Sunday. The Red Sox's 16-8 (.667) record in one-run games is third best in the majors, behind the Mariners (19-7, .731) and Angels (13-6, .684).
  3. Los Angeles has won four straight games to improve its record to 42-41. The Angels have a chance to go two games above .500 for the first time since being 9-7 through games of April 21.
  4. Shohei Ohtani has an MLB-high 31 home runs after going deep 14 times over his last 17 games. He's the third American League player all-time with as many as 14 homers in a 17-game span, joining Albert Belle (1995 Indians) and Nelson Cruz (2019 Twins).
  5. Rafael Devers' 68 RBI this year rank second in MLB to Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s 69. Devers has an MLB-high 114 plate appearances with runners in scoring position, batting .347 with a 1.116 OPS in those situations.
  6. Martin Perez is 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in six road starts this year, compared to 3-3 with a 5.66 ERA in 10 home starts. He threw 6.0 shutout innings in a 9-0 home win over the Angels on May 15.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/5/2021 thru 7/7/2021
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Shohei Ohtani will be on the mound Tuesday when the Los Angeles Angels host the Boston Red Sox in the second game of a three-game series in Anaheim, Calif., but it's unlikely the two-way star will bat, too.

Ohtani was in the batting order in nine of his previous 12 starts on the mound this year, but Angels manager Joe Maddon typically leaving the decision up to Ohtani. However, Maddon may have to make the decision himself based on who the Angels will have available on the bench.

Both third baseman Anthony Rendon (tight left hamstring) and outfielder Taylor Ward (jammed right index finger) were not in the lineup Monday and are listed as day-to-day. Ward appeared as a pinch runner.

Without them, the Angels have a thin bench. Losing the designated hitter with Ohtani in the lineup would shorten the bench even further once Ohtani leaves the game, forcing Maddon to use pinch hitters in the pitcher's spot.

"It's going to be based on the bench," Maddon said Monday before the Angels' 5-4 loss to the Red Sox in the series opener. "Today, we only have a catcher on the bench, so that makes it really problematic. We'll see how this plays out. It's hard. It's very difficult to do that with one guy on the bench."

However, it seems Ohtani (3-1, 3.60 ERA) will get the chance to both hit and pitch in the All-Star Game on July 13 in Denver. Maddon spoke with American League manager Kevin Cash of the Tampa Bay Rays about the pitcher/slugger.

"The conclusion is that he will pitch, but how it's going to happen has not been concluded," Maddon said. "There's different ways to do it, obviously. He could start the game or come in game-in-progress. And how often do you hit him? And don't forget he'll be in the Home Run Derby the day before.

"There's a lot going on there, but Shohei is into it. It's not like we're trying to push him into doing anything. We're just trying to figure out the best way to do it."

Ohtani has made one career start against Boston. In 2018, he got the loss after giving up three runs in just two innings.

Boston right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (9-4, 3.41), selected to his first All-Star team on Sunday, will start Tuesday. He has been especially good at keeping the baseball in the ballpark, allowing just four home runs in 97 2/3 innings, a rate of 0.4 homers per nine innings, the best in the majors.

Eovaldi is 2-1 with a 4.58 ERA in nine career games (seven starts) against the Angels, but he has not beaten them since 2015. And while he certainly provides tough opposition for the Angels, the Red Sox hitters are looking forward to the challenge presented by Ohtani.

"Babe Ruth? I mean, it's crazy to have a player with that much talent be able to do both things," said slugger J.D. Martinez, one of five Boston players on the American League All-Star team.

"It's kind of one of those things where I feel bad for Vladdy (Guerrero) Jr. in a way, because he's having an unbelievable season this year and he's kind of getting overshadowed by Ohtani. I mean, it's just unreal."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 6, 2021

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