This season, Weaver's opponents are batting .277 against him and striking out less (6.22 strikeouts per nine innings, as opposed to 7.68 in 2006). Throughout his young career, nevertheless, Weaver has had a handle on the Red Sox, with a 2.89 ERA in 18 2/3 innings.
BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (6-5, 4.06 ERA)
Schilling, who missed nearly two months with right shoulder tendinitis, hasn't been quite back to his old self in his two starts since rehabilitation, despite advance reports that his fastball has regained its old life. He struck out zero batters in his last start in Baltimore, although he didn't allow any earned runs in the process. Overall, Schilling has given up just four earned runs in 12 innings since his stint on the disabled list.
LAA: RHP Jered Weaver (8-5, 3.85 ERA)
Weaver was superb in the series finale against Minnesota on Sunday, tossing 7 1/3 innings while allowing five hits and two earned runs. He was extremely efficient, using only 93 pitches and employing an effective breaking ball that kept the Twins off balance for much of the contest. Weaver picked up his first win since July 27.
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Sunday: Angels (Joe Saunders, 6-1, 3.50) at Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 14-10, 4.55), 2:05 p.m. ET
Monday: Red Sox (Jon Lester, 1-0, 5.14) at Devil Rays (Scott Kazmir, 9-7, 3.44), 7:10 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Red Sox (TBD) at Devil Rays (Andy Sonnanstine, 2-8, 6.17), 7:10 p.m. ET