Santana to pitch out of the bullpen in playoffs
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that right-hander Ervin Santana will pitch out of the bullpen in the first round of the playoffs, leaving him with a rotation of John Lackey, Jered Weaver, Scott Kazmir and Joe Saunders for the division series with Boston.
Scioscia did not say in what order those four would pitch, but he's closing the season with Kazmir and Saunders starting the final two games in Oakland, which would leave them on schedule to start the two scheduled games in Boston.
Weaver, who would likely start Game 2 at Angel Stadium is 9-3 with a 2.90 ERA at home this season as opposed to 6-5, 5.04 on the road. Meanwhile, Kazmir is 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts this summer at Fenway Park and Saunders is 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA lifetime in Boston.*
-- Kevin Baxter
Photo: Ervin Santana acknowledges the crowd after pitching a complete game shutout against the Texas Rangers on Monday. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images
* An earlier version of this post said Kazmir and Saunders are a combined 10-7 at Fenway Park with an ERA below 3.00.