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Dodgers vs. Red Sox: Interleague play schedule comes to a close

With a win on Sunday night against the Red Sox, the Dodgers can post their second-best record against the American League in the 17 seasons of interleague play.

Joe Scarnici

The Dodgers finish off their interleague schedule on Sunday night as they host the Red Sox at Dodger Stadium on ESPN. For once the Dodgers have had success against the American League this season.

At 12-7, the Dodgers have their first winning record in interleague play since 2004, when the National League West division winners went 10-8 against the American League.

In the first eight years of interleague play, the Dodgers had a winning record against the AL in six seasons, including 12-6 (.667) in 2002, their best mark. With a win on Sunday the Dodgers would have their second-best interleague record ever, ahead of their 8-5 (.613) record in 1998 and their 11-7 (.611) record in 2003.

To get that win the Dodgers will send Chris Capuano to the mound on Sunday night. The Dodgers have won seven consecutive starts by Capuano, though he has allowed 13 runs and 26 hits in 14⅓ innings over has last three starts. Capuano has lasted six innings just three times in his last 10 starts and hasn't done so since Aug. 3.

The Red Sox are 24-19 against left-handed starting pitchers this season.

David Ross is 4-for-15 (.267) with two home runs and two doubles against Capuano. Jonny Gomes, who homered on Saturday, is 2-for-9 (.222) with a home run against Capuano, and Shane Victorino is 3-for-8 with a home run, two doubles and a walk.

Jake Peavy has three quality starts in four outings since he was acquired from the White Sox on July 30, and the former Padres right-hander is quite familiar with pitching at Dodger Stadium.

Peavy is 6-1 with a 3.08 ERA in 12 career starts at Dodger Stadium, though he hasn't pitched in Los Angeles since 2009. Peavy has allowed more than three earned runs in just one of his 12 starts at Chavez Ravine, the 4+1 Game in 2006.

In 24 starts against the Dodgers in his career Peavy is 13-2 with a 2.27 ERA, with 150 strikeouts and 40 walks in 158⅓ innings.

Andre Ethier is 5-for-33 (.152) with three walks against Peavy. Hanley Ramirez is 1-for-13 (.069) with a double, and Carl Crawford is 4-for-12 (.333) with all singles. Juan Uribe is 2-for-9 (.222) with a home run against Peavy, and Adrian Gonzalez is 3-for-7 (.429) with a home run against his former Padres teammate.

Best record bunch up

Entering play Sunday, the Braves held the best record in baseball at 77-52, with the Dodgers one of four teams one game back at 76-53, along with the Cardinals, Pirates and Tigers. The Red Sox at 76-55 are one of three teams within two games of the best record, along with the Rays (74-53) and Rangers (75-54).

Game info

Time: 5:05 p.m.


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