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07/26/10 7:21 PM ET

Halos' Weaver faces old pal Lackey

Friendship will take a backseat to competition when Angels ace Jered Weaver and Boston star John Lackey square off in a matchup of former teammates in the second game of the series on Tuesday in Anaheim.

Lackey was 49-32 with a 3.72 ERA in 112 starts over eight seasons with the Angels and is making his first start in Anaheim since signing with the Red Sox as a free agent. He allowed one run on two hits against the Angels on May 5 at Fenway Park earlier this season.

"It'll be fun," Lackey said. "Weav and I will put something on it for sure. We've talked. There's a lot of mutual respect. It's going to fun going against each other for sure. He's having a great year, so I'm sure he'll pitch well."

Lackey is not sure how Angels fans will react when he takes the mound. He did win Game 7 of the 2002 World Series as a rookie in Anaheim but also left for the rival Red Sox on a five-year contract worth $82.5 million.

"We'll find out," he said. "I'm not sure what's going to happen. I hope they respect the things I did here."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia hopes the fans remember what Lackey did for the franchise.

"It's always strange seeing a guy who wore your uniform for a long time change colors, but John's competitive and our club is competitive," Scioscia said. "I wouldn't expect any less than going pitch-for-pitch against us like when he beat us earlier in the year."

Weaver took a tough loss in his last start, allowing three earned runs in six innings of work and was outdueled by the Rangers' Cliff Lee.

"I was trying to keep us in the game as much as possible," Weaver said. "I wish I could have gotten deeper in the game. Any time you hold that team to three runs in this park [Arlington], you feel like you've done your job."

Red Sox: Getting healthy
Jacoby Ellsbury started his Minor League rehab assignment, going 1-for-3 in a Gulf Coast League game. Ellsbury served as the designated hitter. He will play the outfield on Tuesday and could move up to Triple-A after the game. ... Dustin Pedroia ran for a few hours and was examined by Angels physician Lewis Yocum before Monday's game. He will have a better idea of his time-table on Friday, after he gets a CT scan in Boston.

Angels: Stuck in a rut
The Angels have lost all five meetings against the Red Sox this season after sweeping Boston, 3-0, in the 2009 American League Division Series. ... The Angels have outscored their opponents, 57-41, in the first inning this season. ... Dan Haren, who exited Monday's start in the fifth inning after being struck on the right forearm by Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis' comebacker, is scheduled to have his forearm examined on Tuesday after it was originally diagnosed as a contusion. With his eight strikeouts on the night, Haren passed Weaver for the Major League lead in strikeouts with 149.

Worth noting
General manager Tony Reagins said on Monday the Angels are "firmly" in the AL West race and that, despite having already dealt for third baseman Alberto Callaspo and Haren over the last five days, he'll continue to look for ways to improve the club. ... Fenway Park will hold the Cape Cod League All-Star Game on Wednesday.

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