In his season debut last Friday in Texas, Wakefield was strong, allowing the Rangers one earned run on three hits over six innings in a losing effort.
"I feel great," said Wakefield. "I said that in Spring Training. I feel 100 percent. I was able to get all my work done in Spring Training without any problems, and it was good to get this first one out of the way. Unfortunately, I took the loss."
Wakefield's mission on Friday will simply be to pitch the same type of game, albeit with better run support.
But that could be a difficult task for the Red Sox, considering that ace John Lackey will get the ball for the Angels. Lackey has been lights-out in his first two starts, going 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA.Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield (0-1, 1.50 ERA)
The knuckleballer continued an unfortunate theme from last season in his last start, when he was unable to get run support in a 2-0 loss to Robinson Tejeda and the Rangers. This will be appearance No. 228 for Wakefield at Fenway Park, where he is 67-60 with a 4.33 ERA. LAA: RHP John Lackey (2-0, 0.75 ERA)
Lackey has it going in the early season, a rarity for him. He says he's made tremendous strides in controlling his emotions during the course of his games -- "I've stepped behind the mound," he said after throttling Oakland last Saturday -- and the results through his last start included the Angels' best start (5-1) since 1970.
Player to watch
Outfielder J.D. Drew will try to extend his eight-game hitting streak.
Official game notes On television
NESN On radio
WRKO-680 AM, Spanish Baseball Network (Español) Up next
Saturday: Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 1-1, 4.91) vs. Angels (RHP Kelvim Escobar, 1-1, 3.18), 3:55 p.m. ET
Sunday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 2-0, 1.50) vs. Angels (RHP Ervin Santana, 1-1, 6.35), 1:05 p.m. ET
Monday: Red Sox (RHP Julian Tavarez, 0-1, 9.00) vs. Angels (LHP Joe Saunders, 2-0, 0.75), 10:05 a.m. ET