With any luck, they'll get to their hotel by 4 a.m. PDT in advance of a critical three-game series at Oakland, which begins Friday night.
"I can think of a lot more ideal circumstances to go into a series against the
"Everybody's going to have a lot of adrenaline Friday night. But you have to get some sleep on the plane. Get some rest Friday and come to the park ready to go."
Teams often schedule day games or 4 p.m. starts on getaway days for opponents, but the Red Sox didn't do the Angels any favors by starting Thursday's game at 7 p.m. Sunday's game in Oakland was also moved from 1 to 5 p.m. to accommodate ESPN.
"There are some things that go along with being a good team," reliever
The Angels flew Friday starter
Shoemaker hit Brock Holt with a pitch to start the first. The right-hander, using pinpoint control of his split-fingered fastball, retired the next 20 batters before
"In one word, he was sensational," Manager
Shoemaker, who threw a career-high 116 pitches, improved to 12-4 with a 3.56 earned run average. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2008, and few expected him to play more than a long-relief role. He is now tied with Masahiro Tanaka of the
He also gave the Angels an emotional lift one night after their best pitcher,
"It's important," Scioscia said. "There's going to be a lot of attention on our rotation with Garrett out. To have Matty step up and pitch that deep on a night our bullpen was really tired … you can't say enough about what he did."
Shoemaker said Richards "was heavy on my mind" up until game time.
"Then I tried to focus on pitching, because that's what G does," Shoemaker said. "It's a detrimental loss, but we're all going to fight hard to pick him up. We're just going to get stronger from it, I really think so."