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Angels Turn the Heat up in Series Opener
A's Look to Bounce Back Behind Lester 

The A's and Angels will continue their dogfight for first place in the American League West on Friday when Jon Lester and Jered Weaver square off in Anaheim. The Halos have a two-game lead after a wild 4-3 win in 10 innings in Thursday's series opener.

Both teams are counting on their pitchers to step up in these crucial meetings. The last time the squads met -- a week ago at the Coliseum -- Lester and Weaver did just that. Lester allowed one run in seven innings as the A's took the middle game of the three-game set, before Weaver held Oakland to three runs in Sunday's finale to help the Angels escape with a win.

The A's can expect more of the same from Lester, who is 7-1 with a 1.64 ERA over his last 13 starts. He carries with him a reputation for shutting down opponents when games matter the most.

(By Alden Gonzalez,



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