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SD@BOS: Lackey limits Padres over eight strong

Red Sox right-hander John Lackey has plenty of fond memories pitching at Angel Stadium during his 11-year career.

As a member of the Halos from 2002-09, Lackey racked up 102 wins and was one of the team's most consistent starters.

He's pitched at that same level over the last few weeks for Boston, going 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his last four starts.

"I'm just doing my job. I'm just having a good time pitching. I'm not really worried about what slack I need to pick up or any of that," Lackey said. "I missed a full season. I'm enjoying feeling good and enjoying competing."

He'll face former teammate and good friend Jered Weaver in Sunday's three-game series finale in Anaheim.

Lackey got the best of Weaver the only other time they faced each other, earning a win back on July 27, 2010, at Angel Stadium by allowing just two runs in 7 1/3 innings of work.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia saw the influence Lackey had on Weaver when he was first called up to the Majors in 2006 and how much Weaver grew from that relationship.

"I think the time that Jered came to the Majors, John was established as one of the top right-handers, not only in the American League, but in baseball. I think the way that John will compete and prepare himself for games is the mentoring you want your young pitchers to see," Scioscia said. "I think Jered benefitted a lot from John and from watching the way he went about his business to see what Major League Baseball is about for a starting pitcher."

Weaver's done quite well since then, racking up 104 wins and three All-Star selections. This season, Weaver is 2-4 with a 3.79 ERA. He got an impressive win on Tuesday against the Cardinals, allowing just one run on six hits in seven innings of work for his first win since May 29. He retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced and breezed through a 1-2-3 seventh with only eight pitches.

"It's big," Weaver said after his seventh start since missing more than seven weeks with a broken left elbow. "Obviously coming back, it was kind of like Spring Training for me all over again as far as trying to build a pitch count and get some arm strength back. I think that the ball is coming out a lot better than it has been."

Red Sox: Holt recalled from Triple-A
• Boston recalled third baseman Brock Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. He also got the start in Saturday's contest against the Angels.

Holt will be a left-handed bat to platoon with Brandon Snyder at third base while Jose Iglesias plays shortstop until Stephen Drew returns from the disabled list.

"Anytime you can get up here, that's everyone's goal," said Holt, who picked up an RBI in the second inning with a sacrifice fly. "Watching these guys the whole year, it's been fun to watch and I'm excited to be a part of it for however long it may be."

Angels: Trout to start All-Star game in New York
Halos outfielder Mike Trout made the American League All-Star team as a starter on Saturday.

Trout is the first Angels position player to start an All-Star Game since Vladimir Guerrero in 2007 -- the last of a run of four consecutive starts for him -- and the youngest AL position player to do so since Ivan Rodriguez in 1993.

"It feels good," Trout said. "I'm just happy to be a part of something special. Making the All-Star Game, it feels great."

Worth noting
• Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz continued his throwing program on Saturday, throwing out to 105 feet with no restrictions, manager John Farrell said. Buchholz will look to repeat that Sunday and hopefully get out to 120 feet.

• Angels pitchers have allowed three or fewer runs in 18 of their last 25 wins. Comments