This Feels Familiar: Red Sox, Angels Begin ALDS Tonight

For the fourth time in six seasons, the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (of California) are meeting in the ALDS, beginning tonight at 9:37 p.m. EST, live from Angel Stadium on TBS (fortunately, Chip Caray is not involved).

Maybe the fifth time's the charm? For whatever reason (the Curse of Dave Henderson?), the Angels have never beaten the Sox in the playoffs: including the 1986 ALCS, they've met four times, and the Halos have lost them all. Will 2009 be different? We'll know more after tonight's opening game. 

No word on lineups yet, but in the meantime you can take a glance at the rosters. The Sox are leaving Rocco Baldelli and Tim Wakefield at home while Paul Byrd is making himself comfortable out in the bullpen. The Angels opted for a 10-man pitching staff, with John Lackey, Jered Weaver, Scott Kazmir and Joe Saunders scheduled to start Games 1-4, respectively.

Boston will counter will Jon Lester tonight, Josh Beckett in Game 2, Clay Buchholz in Game 3 and then, if needed, Daisuke Matsuzaka in Game 4.

Further reading: Halos Heaven for you Southern California types, and Over the Monster for the chowdaheads.

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