Red Sox Pregame Notes 8/9/14 SOX vs LAA 9:05pm EST

Anaheim,CA- It seems like every time Clay Buchholz returns to the mound this season, fans hope that "this is the game that turns it around." Unfortunately, even if he pitches well, Clay can not get anything going in 2014. Sitting at a record of 5-7 with an astronomical 6.20 ERA, along with 13 walks in his last 22 innings, Buchholz faces Garrett Richards tonight in the hot California sun. Maybe this IS the game Buchholz turns it around! Yes, the Angels are almost 20 games over .500 (67-48), but they are struggling and have now lost 4 straight and are only 10-11 since the All Star break. They have only managed to score 4 runs in the last 33 innings.

Garrett Richards shut out the Dodgers on Monday night, but he needed to throw 122 pitches to do so. Before Monday, he had allowed 8 runs in his last 13 innings on the mound.

At 51-64, Boston sits 15 games behind the Orioles for first place in the AL East. It is the farthest they have been back all season.

Allen Craig visited Dr. Robert Anderson and was assured that he can return to baseball. There is no major damage to his foot.

Boston pitchers continue to praise catcher Christian Vazquez for his pitch calling and framing. Last night's starter, Allen Webster, said he didn't shake Vazquez off once.

While Jackie Bradley continues to struggle at the bat, he made yet another spectacular catch in center field to rob the Angels of a lead off man in the 9th.

Mookie Betts was sent down to AAA Pawtucket yesterday so that he could play everyday. He is now listed as a RF on the Pawtucket website.

Tonight's game starts at 9:05 EST, which is 6:05pm in California. Horray for math!

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