As regular-season play wrapped up in the American League on Sunday, one burning question remained for the four playoff teams: Who would play whom?
Unlike the Yankees, who dropped six out of nine games against the Angels during the season, the Red Sox went 6-4 against the Halos, outscoring Los Angeles, 64-42.
David Ortiz did the most damage, going 13-for-36 in nine games, with three doubles and four homers, the last one a titanic grand slam off Jered Weaver at Fenway Park. Boston's Curt Schilling posted a 3.21 ERA in his staff-leading two wins against the AL West champs. Los Angeles' Joe Saunders, in turn, went 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA against the Red Sox.
Here's the game-by-game breakdown of the Sox-Angels matchups during the regular season:
April 13: Red Sox 10, Angels 1 at Fenway Park
The Angels landed in dreary Boston with a 6-4 record by mid-April. They dropped to 6-5 in the first game against the Red Sox, victimized by a relentless knuckleballing battery. Tim Wakefield gave up one run against the Halos in seven innings, and his personal catcher, Doug Mirabelli, went 2-for-5 with a home run.
April 14: Red Sox 8, Angels 0 at Fenway Park
The Red Sox won the FOX Saturday Game of the Week with a dominant outing by Schilling, who went eight scoreless innings, throwing just 103 pitches. Ortiz hit a three-run, eighth-inning homer off Angels reliever Greg Jones.
April 16: Red Sox 7, Angels 2 at Fenway Park
After a nor'easter turned Patriots Day morning at Fenway into Patriots Day afternoon -- the start time was delayed from 10 a.m. ET until 12:18 p.m. -- the Red Sox fought the frigid elements with another homer by Ortiz and six strong innings by Josh Beckett, completing the sweep.
Aug. 6: Angels 4, Red Sox 2 at Angel Stadium
The Angels were a different team when that they hosted the Red Sox in early August, now considered favorites to make the playoffs, holding baseball's second-best record. Behind Weaver, they showcased one of the league's deepest pitching staffs, holding the Sox to two runs. Maicer Izturis homered off Schilling.
Aug. 7: Angels 10, Red Sox 4 at Angel Stadium
American League Division Series schedule
|Wed., Oct. 3||6:30 p.m.||Fenway Park||TBS|
|Fri., Oct. 5||8:30 p.m.||Fenway Park||TBS|
|Sun. Oct. 7||3 p.m.||Angel Stadium||TBS|
|*Mon. Oct. 8||9:30 p.m.||Angel Stadium||TBS|
|*Wed. Oct. 10||8:30 p.m.||Fenway Park||TBS|
|Thu., Oct. 4||6:30 p.m.||Jacobs Field||TBS|
|Fri., Oct. 5||5 p.m.||Jacobs Field||TBS|
|Sun. Oct. 7||6:30 p.m.||Yankee Stadium||TBS|
|*Mon. Oct. 8||6 p.m.||Yankee Stadium||TBS|
|*Wed. Oct. 10||5 p.m.||Jacobs Field||TBS|
|* If necessary. All times ET.|
In the teams' second meeting in Anaheim, the Angels showed that they could hit, too, with 14 hits off Wakefield and a collection of relievers. Gary Matthews went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, and the suddenly hot Chone Figgins swiped two bags, his 30th and 31st of the season.
Aug. 8: Red Sox 9, Angels 6 at Angel Stadium
The Angels wanted to bring out the brooms, but the Red Sox broke out the bats against Los Angeles starter Dustin Moseley. Mike Lowell went 4-for-4, and Dustin Pedroia hit his fifth home run in a 9-6 Red Sox victory.
Aug. 17: Red Sox 8, Angels 4 at Fenway Park
Boston rookie Clay Buchholz, making his Major League debut in Game 1 of a doubleheader, acquitted himself nicely against Angels ace John Lackey. He gave up three earned runs in six innings, earning his first win in his first start. Mirabelli left the game with a strained calf running the bases, leaving Jason Varitek to catch both ends of the day-night twin bill.
Aug. 17: Angels 7, Red Sox 5 at Fenway Park
Los Angeles prevented the doubleheader sweep with three hits and three RBIs by Vladimir Guerrero and a promising six innings of one-run ball by Ervin Santana, who was looking poised for a second-half revival. The crowning blow, nevertheless, was Guerrero's two-run double in the ninth inning off the Red Sox's new acquisition Eric Gagne, who took the blown save and the loss.
Aug. 18: Red Sox 10, Angels 5 at Fenway Park
The Red Sox turned it around against Weaver, as Ortiz unloaded on a fifth-inning grand slam to right field. Boston added four insurance runs in the eighth, as the Sox won a crowd-pleaser.
Aug. 19: Angels 3, Red Sox 1 at Fenway Park
Boston came out flat, despite getting six strong innings from spot starter Julian Tavarez, who allowed two runs on just two hits. Saunders twirled a gem, striking out seven and holding the Sox to just one run in 7 2/3 innings in the final regular-season meeting between the playoff-bound clubs.
Alex McPhillips is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.