ANGELS 12, RED SOX 5

Angels clobber Red Sox in series opener

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts dove in vain, but couldn’t snag this fourth-inning popup by Angels left fielder Matt Joyce.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Los Angeles scored nine times in the fifth inning and Sox starter Rick Porcello was charged with seven runs.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/474420862-7107--90x90.jpg Rusney Castillo inserted into Red Sox starting lineup

Friday’s promotion from Triple A capped a whirlwind week for Castillo, who also experienced the birth of his daughter.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/20/BostonGlobe.com/Boston/Images/474021258.jpg Pablo Sandoval (knee) remains out of Red Sox lineup

Sandoval has a large bruise on the inner part of his left knee after he was hit by a fastball Tuesday.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin052215SoxAngels_spt14.jpg Red Sox starter Rick Porcello loses control in fifth inning

Two walks at the start of the frame helped spark the Angels’ nine-run binge and doomed the Sox righty.

05/19/15: Boston, MA: The Red Sox Hanley Ramirez fouls off a bottom of the first inning pitch and loses his helmet in the process. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Texas Rangers in a regular season MLB game at Fenway Park. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section: sports topic: Red Sox-Rangers (1)

Alex Speier

What’s behind Hanley Ramirez’s recent slump?

Since he returned from his shoulder injury, Ramirez been a distorted shadow of his early-season self.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz (11) walks off the field after the fourth inning of baseball action against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Sunday, May 10, 2015.(Peter Power/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Paul Swydan | Statistically Thinking

Red Sox picking up pace, but still among baseball’s slowest teams

MLB’s pace of play initiatives have been working, with only two teams averaging longer game times in 2015.

Boston Red Sox's Garin Cecchini chases a foul ball during a interleague spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Fort Myers Fla., March 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Alex Speier | Minor Details

Garin Cecchini has one of best games of year at Pawtucket

However, if Cecchini doesn’t maintain a high level of play, scouts may be rethinking his status.

Rangers 3, Red Sox 1

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tlumacki_redsoxvstexas_sports308.jpg Red Sox have few answers after another loss to Rangers

“I wish I knew what to tell you,” shortstop Xander Bogaerts said after the Boston bats once again were silent on Thursday.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tlumacki_redsoxvstexas_sports094.jpg Despite loss, Clay Buchholz remains confident

The Red Sox righthander posted his third straight quality start, but received little help from his offense.

Pirates star Andrew McCutchen’s pay stub an eye opener

He left the stub at Wrigley Field and a photo was taken of it and placed online for all to see.

Yoan Moncada (left) and his Greenville Drive teammates prior to Wednesday’s game.

Richard Shiro for the Boston Globe

Alex Speier

Red Sox have quite a stockpile of talent in Greenville

Several players at the Single A affiliate show great promise, including Yoan Moncada and Javier Guerra.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/15/BostonGlobe.com/Wires/APOnlineImages/2015-05-15/8b2b5abeba868315760f6a706700722e.jpg Shane Victorino’s late scratch from lineup puzzling

The Red Sox right fielder is suffering from soreness in his left calf, putting Daniel Nava in the lineup.

ALEX SPEIER | MINOR DETAILS

A mixed bag for Pawtucket lefty Henry Owens

He has yet to put together back-to-back outings of six or more innings this season.

MLB roundup: Madison Bumgarner gets best of Clayton Kershaw

The Giants shut out the Dodgers for the third straight day, earning a 4-0 victory.

Alex Speier

Are Red Sox close to turning around offensive woes?

Boston has an MLB-worst batting average on balls in play, but is also one of the most difficult teams to strike out.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/471465730-7086.jpg Allen Craig’s decline with Red Sox unprecedented

It’s telling that there are few drop-offs that have come anywhere close to the one endured by Craig.