The Los Angeles Angels look to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox in Sunday's finale at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, and to do so they will have to beat old friend John Lackey. Matt Palmer gets the start for the Angels, looking for his second win of the season. Today's 12:35 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox Sports West.
Lackey, who spent eight seasons in Anaheim before signing a five-year, $82.5 million contract with Boston before last season, made three starts against the Angels last season. Lackey pitched at least seven innings and picked up the win in all three games, putting up a collective 3.38 ERA. Lackey has struggled so far this season, giving up 16 runs in 14 2/3 innings.
Palmer won his last start, Tuesday in Texas, allowing just one run in six innings. The Angels have struggled offensively so far in this series, scoring just five runs on 14 hits in three games, all losses. With their three-game skid, the Angels have fallen a game and a half behind the Rangers in the AL West.
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