ANAHEIM -- Bobby Wilson drew his first start behind the plate on Wednesday against the Red Sox since delivering a home run and two RBIs in New York seven days earlier in a 10-6 loss to the Yankees.
The Angels' starter that day was Joel Pineiro, who drew the assignment in the series finale against Boston's Josh Beckett but was scratched after suffering a left oblique strain while warming up. The start went to to reliever Scot Shields, his first since Sept. 28, 2003, and 15th of his career.
Shields, who has had control problems this season, was the game's premier setup man from 2004-08. His '09 season was a struggle and prematurely when he had surgery on his left knee. With Wilson behind the plate, Shields has given up seven earned runs in seven innings, a 9.00 ERA.
"Bobby's obviously been solid defensively," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of the rookie receiver from Florida. "He has really good hands and receives well. I think Bobby's on his way to showing he's going to work well with everybody [on the pitching staff]. We have a lot of confidence in him."
The Angels are 11-4 in Wilson's starts, and his catcher's ERA is 3.79 in 130 2/3 innings. The team's overall season ERA is 4.43.