"They're a terrific ballclub and anytime you catch them is not necessarily a good time," manager Mike Scioscia said. "They went through a lot of innings but have some terrific arms down there. If they get a lead they can hold it and get a win."
Kelvim Escobar will try to see to it that the Red Sox aren't able to grab a lead. He beat the 2004 World Series champions in Boston last month after allowing two earned runs in six innings.
The same pitcher who was on the hill for that loss will throw on Wednesday for the Red Sox. Jon Lester, who began his Major League career 5-0 before losing to the Angels on July 28, has allowed three earned runs or more in each of his past six starts.
BOS: LHP Jon Lester (6-2, 4.72 ERA)
The rookie is 1-2 with an 8.13 ERA over his past six starts.
LAA: RHP Kelvim Escobar (9-10, 3.77 ERA)
Since being activated from the disabled list in July, Escobar is 3-1 with a 3.46 ERA.
Player to watch
Howie Kendrick has seven hits in 13 at-bats (.538) against the Red Sox this season, including three RBIs.
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Thursday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 13-8, 5.35) at Angels (RHP Jered Weaver, 9-0, 1.95), 7:05 p.m. PT
Friday: Yankees (RHP Jaret Wright, 9-7, 4.50) at Angels (RHP John Lackey, 10-9, 3.52), 7:05 p.m. PT
Saturday: Yankees (RHP Corey Lidle, 10-9, 4.45) at Angels (RHP Ervin Santana, 12-6, 4.28), 1:10 p.m. PT
Greg Wagner is an associate reporter for MLB.com.
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