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BOSTON — Rick Porcello shoots to become the Boston Red Sox’s first 10-game winner of the season when he pitches for Boston against the Los Angeles Angels in the second game of a three-game series at Fenway Park Wednesday night.

The Red Sox remained a half-game behind the New York Yankees in the American League East by pounding out 10 extra-base hits in a 9-1 rout of the struggling Angels Tuesday night. They now send Porcello (9-3 Youth James Conner Jersey , 3.44 ERA) out to face the Angels’ Andrew Heaney (4-5, 3.43) in the middle game of the series.

Boston is 4-0 against the Angels this season, winning those games by a combined count of 36-4.

“We haven’t solved them,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after the Red Sox (53-27) hit four homers and six doubles in Tuesday’s win. “We’ve tried to make some adjustments. We’re going to obviously work on it tonight and try to make some adjustments and hopefully have a better shot tomorrow.

“They’ve taken it to us. There’s no way to sugarcoat it. We’ve got to do a lot of things better.

Porcello, who is 2-1 in four June starts, is just 7-7 with 5.51 ERA in 17 career starts against the Angels, who have lost 11 of their last 15 games.

In his one start against Los Angeles this season, Porcello pitched six shutout innings in Boston’s 9-0 victory on April 18.

Before Tuesday’s game, the Red Sox placed Thursday starter Steven Wright on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee problem. Brian Johnson, who has been in the bullpen, will make the start in the series and homestand finale.

Christian Vazquez and Jackie Bradley Jr., the bottom two hitters in the Boston lineup (a problem spot for the team this season), combined to go 5-for-8 with two homers and five RBIs on Tuesday.

Everyone in the starting lineup except Rafael Devers had at least one hit (in a 14-hit attack) and he scored a run.

“We’re swinging it great Adam Henrique Jersey , you know, I think all up and down the lineup,” said Mookie Betts, who hit his 20th home run of the season. “It’s kind of contagious. Everybody’s getting hits and what not.”

The ever-streaky Bradley is 6-for-7 in the last two games to raise his batting average to .199.

“You know, he’s been swinging the bat great,” Betts said. “A couple line drives that go five feet one way or the other, we’re looking at a completely different number (average) that’s on the board.”

Heaney is also 2-1 in four June starts and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of his 13 starts this season. He will make only his second appearance against Boston, his first at Fenway. He beat the Red Sox in Anaheim in 2015, yielding two runs in seven innings.

No one on the current Boston roster has more than three at-bats against Heaney. The team is 2-for-14 (.143) against him with Xander Bogaerts collecting both hits in his three at-bats (.667).

Ian Kinsler is 11-for-22 (.500) against Porcello, while Albert Pujols is 10-for-29 (.345) with a homer, while Cole Calhoun is 7-for-22 (.318) with two homers. Justin Upton is 2-for-12 (.167) and Luis Valbuena 4-for-19 (.211).

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — DeSean Jackson is eager to rebound from one of the least productive seasons of his career and help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers end a long playoff drought.

The Bucs struggled a year ago to incorporate the speedy receiver into an offense expected to be more potent after the three-time Pro Bowl selection was signed to a $33.5 million contract in free agency.

Jackson, 31 Travis Frederick Jersey , established himself as one of the league’s top deep threats over nine seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.

He averaged a career-worst 13.4 yards per reception and scored just three touchdowns in his first year with Tampa Bay, which lost 10 of 13 following a 2-1 start to miss the playoffs for the 10th straight season.

The Cleveland Browns, who haven’t earned a playoff berth since 2002, are the only team with a longer playoff drought.

“Any time I get an opportunity to make good plays and spark this offense with explosive plays … or scoring touchdowns — whatever it is, I’m here to do (it),” Jackson said.

“Obviously last year was a disappointing year for myself and the team,” the receiver added. “I just want to be able to … give them high energy, good plays, and explosive plays.”

Jackson, who spent extra time in the offseason with Jameis Winston in hopes of improving chemistry between him and the quarterback on deep throws, enters his 11th season with 548 receptions for 9,487 yards and 49 TDs.

He’s also scored three touchdowns rushing and four more on punt returns.

“D-Jack is about 40 years old, but he’s still the fastest dude on our team Taylor Gabriel Jersey ,” defensive tackle Gerald McCoy joked. “It’s hard for guys to run with him.”

Nevertheless, the Bucs couldn’t get the ball to him consistently in 2017.

While Winston’s favorite target, Mike Evans, continued to prosper with his fourth consecutive season with 1,000 yards receiving, Jackson finished with 50 catches for 668 yards — both lows for him in a year when he’s played at least 12 games.

And, for the first time since his rookie year with the Eagles in 2008, Jackson didn’t have a reception of at least 60 yards.

While he’s not making any bold predictions, the receiver is confident the offense will be better this fall.

“We have a lot of weapons and a lot of options for the quarterback to drop back and throw the ball to. I’m excited about that,” said Jackson, who has three receptions for 91 yards through two preseason games.

The veteran receiver thinks Tampa Bay has one of the best groups of targets in the league with himself, Evans, Chris Godwin Ryan Johansen Jersey , Adam Humphries and tight ends Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard.

He also likes offseason moves that included bolstering the offensive and defensive lines, as well as drafting running back Ronald Jones.

“We have a lot more competitive players now. A lot of new additions coming from winning mentalities. They’re able to push the drive and push other guys on this team to the highest of their potential,” Jackson said.

“Obviously last year was a frustrating year for everyone that’s a part of the Buccaneers. But there’s one common goal: to go out there, put the work in, and hopefully the results show on Sundays.”

Coach Dirk Koetter said Jackson is having an outstanding training camp.

“I think DeSean has really asserted himself not only as a veteran, but as a leader,” the coach said.

“DeSean has instant street cred because of his career. … It’s a big difference if you see a guy that you respect out there doing what he’s supposed to do versus a guy that’s out there moping around,” Koetter added. “Hats off to him, he’s doing a good job.”

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