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The Los Angeles Angels are set to host their first doubleheader in 12 years thanks to their first rain postponement in 20.

Maybe an unscheduled day off will wake up some listless Boston Red Sox bats.

The Angels posted shutouts in the first two games of this four-game series, which will be completed Monday in a day-night doubleheader in Anaheim.

Sunday night's game was postponed due to rain, marking the first time that has happened in Anaheim since June 16, 1995. Now Los Angeles (50-40) will host its first doubleheader since Sept. 6, 2003.

''Unfortunately, I guess you never really know how your drainage system works until you get enough water,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''There's so much standing water in that outfield that just has nowhere to go. It's going to be like that all night, probably be like that (Monday) morning. ... The field was unplayable, with no way to remedy that.''

Boston (42-49) seeks to avoid a fourth straight loss and score for the first time in this series after totaling seven hits - five singles - in losses by 1-0 on Friday and 3-0 on Saturday.

Slugger David Ortiz is hitting an AL-worst .144 off left-handers and he's 2 for 9 off Hector Santiago (6-4, 2.33 ERA), who starts the first game for Los Angeles. Santiago is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his last four starts after giving up one run in seven innings July 10 to earn a 7-3 victory at Seattle.

He allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-1 loss to the Red Sox on May 24 to fall to 0-3 with a 3.63 ERA in four starts against them. Dustin Pedroia is 4 for 9 in this matchup, though the second baseman is 0 for 8 in this series after missing 16 games due to a right hamstring strain.

Santiago will try to help the Angels post three straight shutouts for the first time since Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 1974.

The Angels will send another lefty to the mound in Andrew Heaney (3-0, 1.32) in the nightcap. He threw seven scoreless innings and struck out six in last Sunday's 10-3 win over the Mariners. Heaney has pitched at least seven innings in three consecutive starts.

Boston will use a left-hander opposite Santiago in the opener in rookie Eduardo Rodriguez (5-2, 3.59), who is 3-0 with an 0.69 ERA in his first four career road starts. He also entered the break 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his last three overall after allowing a pair of solo homers in 6 1-3 innings of a 5-3 win over the New York Yankees on July 11.

"We continue to learn a lot about him," manager John Farrell said. "He continues to grow each time he walks to the mound."

Rodriguez will get his first look at the Angels while Game 2 starter Steven Wright (3-2, 4.15) can post his second win in as many starts over them after surrendering two runs in 6 1-3 innings in an 8-3 home victory May 23.

Wright, who makes his first start since June 4, is 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA in four 2015 starts.

The knuckleballer held Mike Trout hitless in three at-bats in May. Trout went 0 for 4 on Saturday to end an eight-game hitting streak in which he went 13 for 31 with six homers and 12 RBIs.

Trout homered in the bottom of the ninth to win the series opener before Kole Calhoun went deep twice the next night.

Calhoun is batting .354 with five homers and 13 RBIs in his last 11 games.


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