Veterans guide Chatwood

Veterans guide Chatwood

ARLINGTON -- Angels pitcher Tyler Chatwood knows he's fortunate to have a couple of fellow Southern Californians -- both laid back in nature but intensely competitive on the mound -- to lean on for insights into the finer points of his profession.

Jered Weaver and Dan Haren clearly are taking an active interest in the 21-year-old right-hander from the Inland Empire, an hour east of Angel Stadium.

"They've talked to me about all kinds of stuff," said Chatwood, who will open a homestand against the celebrated Red Sox lineup on Thursday night in his third Major League start. "They've been really great about working with me on things, encouraging me.

"Definitely I'm going to try to be more relaxed than in my first start [a 4-0 loss to Cleveland on April 11]. I'll just try to control the game better, control my nerves.

"You have to be aware that you're going to have a lot of adrenaline, so you need to slow down and take deep breaths. I did a better job of that in Chicago. I was able to slow the game down, and that really helped."

Chatwood also slowed down the White Sox, holding them to one run on five hits in seven innings to claim his first big league win on Saturday night.

Next come the likes of Dustin Pedroia, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz.

"I'm just going to go out and execute the game plan," said Chatwood, who signed with the Angels out of East Redlands High School in 2008. "After the game, that's when I'll be like, `Hey, I just faced Boston.' When I'm pitching, I'll be focused on giving us a chance to win."