Lackey likes his home cooking

John Lackey, in his latest blog, is glad to be home and hopes the Angels can put pressure on Curt Schilling today. Angels-Red Sox games are sometimes 50-50 when it comes to fan support but much more Angels fans than usual seem to have put their tickets to use instead of selling them. Fan support is part of Lackey’s plan to get back into the series.

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Angels lineup for Game 3

Casey Kotchman is out of action with a non-baseball related illness (another way of saying that new privacy laws prevent the Angels from being specific) and will not play today. His availability appears to be in question for Monday as well, if the Angels can win today. Here is the Game 3 starting lineup:

Figgins CF
Cabrera SS
Guerrero RF
Anderson LF
Morales 1B
Izturis 3B
Kendrick 2B
Rivera DH
Napoli C

Weaver P

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Weaver refuses to leave team

Manager Mike Scioscia said there was a discussion about whether or not to send Jered Weaver home early so he would be able to get his rest. Weaver will pitch Sunday against the Red Sox’s Curt Schilling in a noon start at Angel Stadium.

We talked about it, but he wanted to see the game and he’s gonna be able to sleep on the plane, Scioscia said. He will have a day to recover and rest and pitch on Sunday.

The Red Sox took a different route. Both Schilling and Josh Beckett flew to Southern California on Friday night.

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Lineups for Game 2

Angels lineup for Game 2 against Daisuke Matsuzaka:

Chone Figgins CF
Orlando Cabrera SS
Vladimir Guerrero RF
Garret Anderson LF
Maicer Izturis 3B
Casey Kotchman 1B
Kendry Morales DH
Howie Kendrick 2B
Jeff Mathis C

Kelvim Escobar P

Guerrero’s return to RF is confirmed. Anderson’s pink eye does not force him to the bench. Izturis stays in the five hole. Morales gets the nod as DH over Juan Rivera and hits seventh, giving the Angels back-to-back left-handers with Kotchman sixth. Reggie Willits heads to the bench. Kendrick drops from seventh in Game 1 to eighth. Mathis replaces Mike Napoli at catcher.

Red Sox lineup vs. Escobar:
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
Manny Ramirez LF
Mike Lowell 3B
JD Drew RF
Jason Varitek C
Coco Crisp CF
Julio Lugo SS

Daisuke Matsuzaka P

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