Los Angeles Angels defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-5

A start in the big leagues in April, less than two years after being drafted in the second round out of San Diego State, wasn't quite the plan Justin Masterson had in mind.

But he didn't rule out an expeditious arrival while in spring training, saying, "I'm looking to definitely September, possibly have that call-up, but I don't count it out for any time before that."

And that's a good thing, given that Masterson got the call Wednesday night to drive to Boston from Port...

This, remember, was not an audition, but a response to a flu-driven emergency. The Red Sox needed a pitcher, and Justin Masterson, the 23-year-old missionary kid pitching in Double A Portland, received the summons. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

Pitching against one of the deepest lineups in the American League, Masterson was inspiring, holding the Angels to two hits in six innings, one of them Mike Napoli's wind-aided home run over the Sox bullpen, a big-leag...