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Breakfast at Fenway, with a clincher possible



The Red Sox and Angels were here bright and early preparing for the unusual noon start that MLB and TBS handed them.

Sox manager Terry Francona joked that his team's usual preparation for an early start (they've had three at 12:35 or earlier) consisted of bacon and Red Bull.

While the Sox flew back after Friday's game and got to Boston at 8 a.m. Saturday, the Angels decided on a different route, working out in Anaheim on Saturday morning then flying east and getting to Boston at around 8 p.m. Manager Mike Scioscia said it wasn't a matter of scientific experts of biorhythms, just their way of allowing the players to get a good night's sleep in their own beds and minimizing "the variables.''

Neither plan was particularly convenient. Here are the lineups as the Angels go for the sweep - with former Ray Scott Kazmir on the mound - and the Sox try to stay alive:

Figgins 3b
Abreu rf
Hunter cf
Guerrerro dh
Morales 1b
Rivera lf
Izturis 2b
Napoli c
Aybar ss
Kazmir p

Ellsbury cf
Pedroia 2b
Martinez c
Youkilis 1b
Bay lf
Ortiz dh
Lowell 3b
Drew rf
Gonzalez ss
Buchholz p

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:51am]


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