As the Red Sox are beginning to embrace their role as spoiler in the American League, the Angels are hoping they can avoid a series loss and stay within striking distance of Oakland in the AL West.
Los Angeles will send lefty Hector Santiago to the mound on Sunday to follow up the Halos' epic 19-inning, 5-4 win on Saturday night.
The lefty will be making back-to back starts on four days rest for the first time this season after frequently being shuttled back and forth between the rotation and bullpen.
"Hopefully, I get to be in a little bit of a groove right here," Santiago said. "I'm definitely looking forward to having four days instead of five, instead of having that in-between bullpen day or coming out of the 'pen."
The lefty opened the season 0-7 but hasn't lost since June 15 at Atlanta, and he holds a 1.77 ERA in his last five games, three of which have been starts.
"Right now, it's just comfortable. I'm throwing the ball well," Santiago said. "I don't try to do anything more or do anything extra. … I'm just trying to throw strikes, get ahead and get the job done."
Rubby De La Rosa will get the nod for Boston. The right-hander has fared far worse on the road this season, compiling a 5.08 ERA in five away games while recording a 1.97 ERA in five starts at Fenway Park.
However, De La Rosa showed improvement in his last outing, limiting the Cardinals to six hits and one run over six innings in St. Louis. He walked three and struck out three.
"I feel good," De La Rosa said. "I feel everything worked."
Red Sox: Bradley's offense a work in progress
Jackie Bradley Jr. was out of the starting lineup on Saturday for the fourth time in the last five games, as the team continues to give the center fielder time off while he makes adjustments to his hitting approach. Bradley enters play Sunday in an 0-for-31 slump that began on July 29.
The team's coaching staff met with Bradley on Friday, and manager John Farrell explained that the benching is not a long-term decision.
"We want him to be back in a starting role for us," Farrell said. "We don't want him questioning his abilities or where he stands. We are emphasizing the early work and the adjustments."
Bradley seemed to turn a corner in July, hitting .345 over a 17-game stretch, but it didn't last.
"We trust that through the early work, which he has done the past few days, that it can carry over on the field," Farrell said. "We feel like there is a better hitter in there, from a consistency standpoint. From an average standpoint, time will tell."
Angels: No lineup shakeup expected
Despite the Halos' recent hitting woes, manager Mike Scioscia said on Saturday that he didn't expect to make any major changes to his team's lineup anytime soon.
The Angels didn't take batting practice Saturday afternoon, an opportunity to "exhale," Scioscia said, but still trotted out a familiar lineup that featured Mike Trout batting second, Albert Pujols third and Josh Hamilton fourth.
Los Angeles responded by tacking on two quick runs in the first inning before even recording an out against Boston on Saturday, scoring five runs in total -- albeit in 19 innings.
"I think you would look at juggling the lineup if it was going to shock some guys and get them in a different neighborhood," Scioscia said. "When you have a lot of guys, and we've had a lot of guys that have struggled for going on the better part of three weeks, I don't think any of us see any lineup shakeup that's going to move us forward and be positive."
• Kevin Jepsen has allowed one earned run in his last 41 outings and leads the Majors with 51 scoreless appearances.
Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.