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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox Free Pick - 8/23/13

Boston Red Sox (75-54) at Los Angeles Dodgers (75-52)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)

John Lackey (R) (8-10) (3.222) vs. Ricky Nolasco (R) (9-9) (3.596)

The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -114 / Boston Red Sox +104 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN, Prime Ticket

The Boston Red Sox pay a visit to the Los Angeles Dodgers in an interleague tilt on Friday.

While the Red Sox have not faded as many had expected, their perch atop the rugged American League East is by no means secure. The next several weeks could be make or break time for Boston, with several teams in hot pursuit that are fully capable of taking over should there be any faltering. Boston has not been playing well, but did hold off the wolves for another day after demolishing San Francisco 12-1 on Wednesday. The early scoring was more than enough for Felix Doubront, who coasted through eight innings with the lone run given up. Stephen Drew and Will Middlebrooks went deep and drove in five runs, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jonny Gomes knocked in two runs each. John Lackey takes the ball in the series opener versus the red hot Dodgers. Lackey picked up a 6-1 decision over the Yankees in his last start, with the lone run allowed on six hits and a trio of BB in six innings.

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox Free Pick - 8/23/13

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After a few bumps in the road proved the Dodgers are probably human this past week, the National League West leaders jumped back on their horse to win three in a row after an easy 6-0 victory in South Florida on Thursday. Los Angeles has shown the ability to hit or pitch when needed and are just a handful when both units are on the same page and Miami can attest to that. Clayton Kershaw was his usual nasty self, with five hits and three bases on balls through eight shut out innings. The LAD attack didn't waste the effort, with eight hits and five free passes that saw Carl Crawford smack a two run double and Kershaw single in another during a three run 4th, which was all the runs they needed. The Dodgers send new comer Ricky Nolasco to the bump to kick off the series with the Red Sox. Nolasco received a no decision in a 3-2 loss at Philadelphia in which he gave up two runs on five hits and a BB in six frames.

I know that Lackey might be a come back player of the year candidate and his team leads the AL East, but in case you haven't noticed, the Dodgers are pretty good as well...

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