The Red Sox can end this West Coast journey with a 4-2 mark by completing a three-game sweep of the A's on Wednesday afternoon at McAfee Coliseum.
To do so, they'll need a strong outing out of right-hander Kyle Snyder, who is making his fourth start for Boston since being claimed off waivers from the Royals. Snyder has won two of those three outings and impressed some of his teammates in the process.
"[Jason Varitek] really thinks this guy can pitch," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "That's a good sign for me. I think 'Tek is genuinely excited about what this guy can do."
The Red Sox have gotten victories out of their two best starters in the first two games of this series with Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling each notching their 13th victories.
BOS: RHP Kyle Snyder (2-1, 7.02 ERA)
Snyder was strong in his last start, pitching five innings in a win over the Mariners and surrendering two runs, both of which were unearned. The right-hander left that start in Seattle with a muscle cramp in his right calf, but it was nothing serious. Snyder has yet to pitch more than five innings in a game this season. He lost his only start against the A's this season, allowing five earned runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings on July 16.
OAK: RHP Dan Haren (6-9, 4.02 ERA)
Haren took the loss in his last start on Friday following a pair of three-run Detroit innings. The righty has not won in seven starts since June 14. The stretch ties the longest of his career, established from April 23 to May 26, 2005. Haren allowed five earned runs on nine hits over five innings in a loss to Boston on July 15.
Player to watch
Manny Ramirez comes into this one on fire, with 17 hits in his past 39 at-bats, including four homers and 14 RBIs.
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Friday: Red Sox (LHP Jon Lester, 5-0, 3.04) vs. Angels (RHP Kelvim Escobar, 6-9, 3.88), 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 13-5, 4.77) vs. Angels (RHP Jered Weaver, 7-0, 1.15), 1:20 p.m. ET
Sunday: Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 13-3, 3.63) vs. Angels (RHP Ervin Santana, 11-4, 4.25), 3:35 p.m. ET
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.