Jason Varitek's sixth-inning double snapped the captain's 0-for-19 drought. Jacoby Ellsbury has gone 3-for-9 in his first two games back atop the lineup. He'd been dropped out of the leadoff spot after batting .167 (4-for-27) there in the first six games, all Boston losses. Angels: Kendrick, Bourjos to return refreshed
Second baseman Howard Kendrick and center fielder Peter Bourjos will be back in the lineup to face Lackey after having been given Saturday night off. Saturday's loss left Ervin Santana without a win five starts into the season for the first time in his career. Worth noting
Although Matsuzaka earned his first career victory in Angel Stadium on Saturday, he had already experienced memorable success in the park: It was there that he pitched five scoreless innings in Japan's clinching victory over Mexico for the 2006 World Baseball Classic championship, earning MVP honors for the inaugural tournament.