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Anaheim Angels

Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Angels.2536671553.57
AL West Division2nd2nd2nd1st
American League 7th10th8th1st

Angels report: Notes, quotes

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Notes, quotes · Roster · Inside pitch
 

--Rather than travel immediately after Friday's game or early Saturday morning, the Angels elected to work out briefly in Anaheim on Saturday morning then travel to Boston. Manager Mike Scioscia said the adjustment was made because the Angels worked out late at night in Boston on the day before Game 3 last year. This year's travel decision was compounded by the early start time for Game 3 -- noon EDT Sunday in Boston.

--Angels pitchers have held the Red Sox to a .131 team average in the first two games of this series. The Red Sox hit a combined .271 as a team during their 2004, 2007 and 2008 ALDS victories over the Angels.

--Game 1 of the AL Division Series was the first shutout in the Angels' playoff history (53 games) and John Lackey's first postseason victory since Game 7 of the 2002 World Series.

--OF Bobby Abreu walked in each of his four plate appearances in Game 1. That ties the AL Division Series record for walks in a game set by DH David Ortiz against the Angels in 2007.

--By guiding the Angels to the playoffs this season, Mike Scioscia became the first manager in baseball history to take his team to the postseason in six of his first 10 seasons. Scioscia got his 900th career victory Sunday in the regular-season finale.

BY THE NUMBERS
31-4 -- Series record of teams that won the first two games of an ALDS or NLDS (1995-2008).

QUOTE TO NOTE
"Breakfast is going to be a little bit of a rush, I guess. But I know I'll overcome that. I'll work through that." -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia on the early start time (noon EDT) Sunday for Game 3 in Boston.

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