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Red Sox Open Up Four-Game Series Against Angels

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Josh Beckett pitches against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday, April 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Josh Beckett pitches against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday, April 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

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BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox open up a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Thursday night. The Angels sit atop the AL West with a 12-6 record.

The Red Sox won all three game at Angels stadium in 2010, and took nine of 10 against the Angels in the season series.

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Boston is lucky not having to face Jered Weaver (5-0, 1.23 ERA) in the series, but will still go against Dan Haren on Friday. At least they counter with Jon Lester in what should be the pitching matchup of the series.

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Jed Lowrie should continue to see playing time as he kept his hot streak going Wednesday with a two-for-four showing in the Red Sox 5-3 win against the Athletics. Lowrie hit a two-run home run to up his total to three for the season, along with 11 RBIs in just 13 games.

With a 6-11 record a split will not look great for the Red Sox, but should be seen as a successful trip to Disney against the first-place Angels.

Here are the pitching matchups slated for the series:

Thursday 10:05 pm EST

Josh Beckett (2-1, 1.80 ERA) vs Tyler Chatwood (1-1, 3.75 ERA)

Friday 10:05 pm EST

Jon Lester (1-1, 3.20 ERA) vs Dan Haren (4-0, 1.16 ERA)

Saturday 9:05 pm EST

Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-2, 6.43 ERA) vs Ervin Santana (0-2, 5.26 ERA)

Sunday 3:35 pm EST

John Lackey (1-2, 9.82 ERA) vs Matt Palmer (1-0, 4.22 ERA)

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