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Moseley trying to make most of chance

Moseley trying to make most of chance

Dustin Moseley knows first-hand what untimely physical ailments and a bout with shaken confidence can do to a starting rotation.

The regular reliever, now occupying the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, is a direct byproduct of such things, having been granted his showcase position after Bartolo Colon's recurring elbow injury and Ervin Santana's Minor League demotion created a pair of pitching vacancies.

But Moseley's opposition Wednesday against the Red Sox, the 23-year-old Jon Lester (also a No. 5 starter), knows quite a bit about physical ailments himself. His 2006 rookie campaign was cut short after he was diagnosed with a treatable form of anaplastic large cell lymphoma in late August.

Before leaving, he was 7-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 15 starts with the Red Sox after his June 10 callup from Triple-A Pawtucket. Lester became the first southpaw rookie in club history to win his first five decisions since Aaron Sele won his first six in 1993.

Lester was pronounced cancer-free in December, and has appeared in three contests this season. He holds a 1-0 mark over that span, retiring 13 batters by way of strikeout while scattering 19 hits through 17 2/3 innings.

Pitching matchup
LAA: RHP Dustin Moseley (4-1, 4.43 ERA)
Moseley survived some shaky innings and gave the Angels a good start in his last outing against Oakland. Moseley allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings as all three runs scored in the third inning. He allowed the first two hitters of the second inning to reach base but escaped that jam. He left in the sixth with the bases loaded and one out, as the bullpen helped him get out of that mess. He has faced Boston once in relief, dealing two scoreless innings.

BOS: LHP Jon Lester (1-0, 5.09 ERA)
Lester was staked to a 3-0 lead early in his last outing, but couldn't get past the fifth inning in Seattle. He worked five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits before leaving with the game tied at 4. Lester also walked two and struck out four in the no-decision. After winning his first start, Lester has had a pair of no-decisions.

Players to watch
Baseball's most compelling case for Comeback Player of the Year, Los Angeles third baseman Chone Figgins, has racked up a club-record 88 hits in a 50-game stretch from May 31-July 29. His .412 average since June 1 leads the bigs.

Boston's Kevin Youkilis has started 88 games at first base, handling 789 chances without an error to lead all Major League first basemen. The 149-game span since his last error on July 4, 2006, at Tampa Bay, is a club record. In the series opener against the Angels on Monday, Youkilis smashed a two-run blast in a 4-2 loss.

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Up next
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Angels (Kelvim Escobar, 11-6, 2.79) vs. Twins (Scott Baker, 6-4, 4.43), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Saturday: Angels (John Lackey, 14-6, 3.11) vs. Twins (Carlos Silva, 9-12, 4.51), 6:05 p.m. PT

Larry Santana is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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