Wakefield, originally scheduled to start on Thursday before a rainout, continued an unfortunate theme from last season when he was unable to get run support in his first start.
Wakefield took a 2-0 loss to Robinson Tejeda and the Rangers. He hopes to have better luck in his home debut against the Angels. This will be appearance No. 228 for Wakefield at Fenway Park, where he is 67-60 with a 4.33 ERA.
Starter Jered Weaver is expected to rejoin the club in Boston and get ready for his first start of the season on Monday against Julian Tavarez. Weaver got a late start this spring with biceps tendinitis but has pitched effectively in two rehab starts for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, delivering 92 pitches in seven scoreless innings in his most recent start Wednesday night.
Shea Hillenbrand, the Angels' new DH, has experienced some tightness in his groin muscle, but he expects to play in the familiar Fenway environs. Hillenbrand was an All-Star third baseman for the Red Sox in 2002.
LAA: RHP John Lackey (2-0, 0.75 ERA)
Lackey has struggled at Fenway Park, where he's 1-2 in five career starts with a 7.11 ERA that is his highest in any AL ballpark.
BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield (0-1, 1.50 ERA)
Vladimir Guerrero and Garret Anderson have hurt Wakefield. Guerrero has four homers and six RBIs in 13 at-bats against the knuckleballer, hitting .462, while Anderson is a .316 hitter with five homers and 15 RBIs against Wakefield in 57 career at-bats.
Players to watch
Join the club, John: Manny Ramirez has made life miserable for Lackey, hitting .500 in 18 at-bats with four homers and 11 RBIs. David Ortiz is hitting .350 against the big right-hander with a homer and six RBIs in 20 at-bats.
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Saturday: Angels (RHP Kelvim Escobar, 1-1, 3.18) at Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 1-1, 4.91), 12:55 p.m. PT
Sunday: Angels (RHP Ervin Santana, 1-1, 6.35) at Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 2-0, 1.50), 10:05 a.m. PT
Monday: Angels (RHP Jered Weaver, 0-0, 0.00) at Red Sox (RHP Julian Tavarez, 0-1, 9.00), 7:05 a.m. PT