Ervin Santana (L), Aaron Cook (R)

After losing two-of-three in New York and going on 4-6 on the 10-game road trip, the Boston Red Sox return home for a seven-game homestand. They’ll kick it off tonight with the first game of a three-game set with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at historic Fenway Park.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Angels television market, you can catch the game on Fox Sports West. If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.

Aaron Cook looks to get back on track in his 11th start of 2012. In his previous 10 starts, Cook is 3-6 with a 4.58 ERA. He last faced the Angels as a member of the Colorado Rockies back in 2010. All of three of his career starts against the Halos came as a member of the Rockies where he was 2-1 with a 2.86 ERA (7 ER/22 IP).

Ervin Santana makes his 24th start of 2012 for the Angels. In his previous 23 starts, Santana is 6-10 with a 5.59 ERA. He last faced the local nine in 2011 when he was 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA (5 ER/11 IP). Santana has made 10 career starts against the Red Sox and is 2-3 with a 4.27 ERA. Seven of those starts have come at the Fens where he is 1-2 with a 4.12 ERA.

Click on the read more button below to see today’s lineups, batter/pitcher matchups and links from the day if you’re on the home page.

Here are today’s lineups:

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim62-60 Boston Red Sox59-63
1. Mike Trout CF 1. Pedro Ciriaco 3B
2. Torii Hunter RF 2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
3. Albert Pujols 1B 3. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
4. Kendrys Morales DH 4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5. Mark Trumbo LF 5. Cody Ross RF
6. Howard Kendrick 2B 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
7. Alberto Callaspo 3B 7. Daniel Nava DH
8. Erick Aybar SS 8. Mike Aviles SS
9. Chris Iannetta C 9. Scott Podsednik LF
Ervin Santana SP Aaron Cook SP

And here is how the hitters have fared against today’s starting pitchers:

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups

NOTES: As you can tell from the lineup, Nava has been activated from the disabled list. To make room on the 25-man roster for him, Carl Crawford has been placed on the disabled list.

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Thoughts on Johnny Pesky [boston herald]

Bobby Valentine: Randy Niemann will provide “a nice, stabilizing force” [clubhouse insider]

State of the Red Sox notebook: Tuesday, August 21 [csn new england]

Valentine on McClure dismissal: Time for a new voice [csn new england]

Ellsbury to hit third for first time vs. Angels [csn new england]

Nava activated, will DH; Podsednik in left field [csn new england]

Notes: Red Sox to all wear No. 6 to honor Johnny Pesky [csn new england]

Red Sox return home to take on Angels [espn boston]

Ortiz not writing off rest of season [espn boston]

Nava back from DL, starting as DH [espn boston]

Valentine on McClure: Seeking new voice [espn boston]

Daniel Nava set to return from disabled list [extra bases]

A night to remember Johnny Pesky [extra bases]

Red Sox podcast: Late changes [extra bases]

Fenway Park Cuts No. 6 Into Grass Behind Shortstop to Honor Johnny Pesky (Photo) []

Terry Francona Would Like to Manage Again, But Only Under Right Circumstances []

Adrian Gonzalez, Mike Trout Face Off in Red Sox Homestand That Calls for Plenty of Offense []

Johnny Pesky’s Memory Still Very Much Alive at Fenway Park Beyond Tuesday’s Ceremony []

Mike Trout Makes First-Ever Visit to Fenway Park as Angels’ Phenom Takes in Unparalleled Rookie Success []

Bobby V: Fired McClure ‘was my choice’ [mike petraglia –]

As call-up to majors nears, Bard still fighting inconsistency [projo sox blog]

What was wrong with McClure? [projo sox blog]

Red Sox open homestand in 12th place [projo sox blog]

Valentine elaborates on dismissal of pitching coach McClure [projo sox blog]

With Crawford undergoing surgery, Nava activated [projo sox blog]

Ellsbury batting third [projo sox blog]

Red Sox honor Pesky in pregame ceremony [projo sox blog]

Cook up first as Red Sox play host to Halos []

Nava, Padilla activated, Crawford to DL [alex speier –]

Bobby V: Ellsbury’s ‘mis-hit a lot of balls’ [alex speier –]

Sox will be fine when Beckett, Bobby V. go [touching all the bases]

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