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07/27/10 11:57 PM ET

Beckett seeks series sweep in Anaheim

Angels right-hander Joel Pineiro and Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett will be looking for a fresh start when they take the mound on Wednesday at Angel Stadium.

Pineiro is looking to bounce back from one of his worst starts of the season, as he allowed six runs in 11 hits over six innings against the Yankees on Wednesday.

It snapped an impressive string of seven straight wins for Pineiro, so he'll be looking to get back on track, but he knows that he'll have to pitch better than he did against the Yankees, as he noted his patented sinker was certainly off that day.

"Against a potent lineup like that, they're going to make you pay," Pineiro said. "Everything was up -- my curveball, changeup, slider, even my sinker."

Beckett, meanwhile, made his return to the Red Sox rotation on Friday against the Mariners after missing two months with an injured lower back and certainly looked just fine by allowing just one run over 5 2/3 innings

"Oh man, that was so encouraging," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona of Beckett's impressive return. "The ball came out of his hand good. He threw his breaking ball really well, and that's what he had really wanted to spend the majority of his time on in the bullpen session with [pitching coach] John [Farrell], and it was crisp."

So for Beckett, it's simply about treating the rest of the year as a new season to get a fresh start despite early struggles and his lower back injury.

"Yeah, that's kind of how I have to go at it," said Beckett, who is 1-1 with a 6.66 ERA in nine starts. "Obviously I can't control what happened earlier between the injury and the ineffectiveness. I have to go out there and do my job."

Red Sox: Pedroia set straight
Dustin Pedroia's broken left foot was evaluated by Angels team orthopedist Lewis Yocum, and the second baseman received some sobering news, as Yocum told him he'll have to wait for his foot to be completely healthy before returning to the lineup. "Where I broke it, I didn't realize how serious it was and how long it was going to take. He told me that today," said Pedroia, who broke his foot on June 25 and will get a CT scan in Boston on Friday.

Angels: Haren bouncing back
The Angels received good news on Tuesday when right-hander Dan Haren's X-rays on his right forearm came back negative despite being struck by a line drive off the bat of Kevin Youkilis in Monday's game. It's simply just a bruise, so Haren said he "should be on track" to start on Saturday against the Rangers.

Worth noting
Alberto Callaspo, the Angels' new third baseman, became the seventh player to hit in the No. 2 spot for manager Mike Scioscia when he followed Maicer Izturis in the order on Tuesday night against former Angels ace John Lackey and Boston. ... Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew was scratched with a left hamstring strain just minutes before Tuesday's game.

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