The Angels went 4-2 on their road trip and were off Monday before their only home contests in a 15-game span. Los Angeles, fighting to stay in the American League Wild Card race, is 9-15 in August after losing to the Tigers on Sunday.
The Red Sox have struggled as well, posting a 9-16 mark this month, though they've won two straight after taking three of four from the Royals. Right-hander Clay Buchholz will start Tuesday after struggling against the Angels on Wednesday following a string of strong outings.
Buchholz, 11-4 with a 4.47 ERA against the Angels, allowed seven runs on 12 hits over 5 1/3 innings.
The Angels will hand the ball to Jered Weaver, who beat the Red Sox on Wednesday. It was a bounce-back performance for the All-Star right-hander, who surrendered a career-high nine earned runs over three innings in his previous outing against the Rays.
Weaver held Boston to two runs on seven hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out five. At 16-3, he is tied for the Major League lead in wins and sports a league-best 0.98 WHIP to go along with a 2.74 ERA.
"[The Rays game] was just one of those days where the stars weren't aligned," Weaver said on Wednesday. "It's going to happen, and as a starter, you need to realize that and [not] dwell on it too much. Me and [catcher] Chris [Iannetta] got back on the same page and the offense gave me some runs early [against Boston]."
Red Sox: Aceves to rejoin club out West
Reliever Alfredo Aceves will meet up with the Red Sox in Anaheim after he was suspended for three games for conduct detrimental to the team.
Aceves was seen slamming the door after walking out of manager Bobby Valentine's Fenway Park office following a 4-3 win against the Royals on Friday night. He did not pitch in that game, a day after he blew his seventh save of the season against the Angels, but Andrew Bailey did pitch for his first save of the year.
"He'll be ready to pitch," Valentine said of Aceves. "I believe he'll be OK to pitch. I would think that he's working out. He's a workout fanatic. He's not just sitting around eating popcorn."
Bailey has thrown four of the last five days, tossing a scoreless inning on Monday, with a walk.
It has served as a milestone for the former A's closer, whom the Red Sox acquired in December. Bailey has spent much of the season recovering from right thumb surgery, but in seven games since his return, he has given up one run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. He has walked two, struck out four and earned a save.
First baseman James Loney will return to Southern California just a few days after he flew out to Boston following the blockbuster deal that sent him to the Red Sox from the Dodgers.
Angels: Pujols aiming to be back on Tuesday
First baseman Albert Pujols suffered a right calf injury on Wednesday and has been dealing with inflammation in the muscle. The issue was bad enough to keep Pujols out of the entire series at Detroit. Manager Mike Scioscia is hoping to have him back on Tuesday.
"When Albert's ready to play, he's going to play. We're not holding him out to say he's ready for the stretch," Scioscia said on Sunday. "If he was available, he would play this week."
Pujols took batting practice on Friday, but he felt some soreness while running on Saturday for the first time since the injury occurred.
The injury came at an inopportune time, as Pujols was hitting .387 (12-for-31) with four home runs and 10 RBIs in his past eight games.
Rookie center fielder Mike Trout posted consecutive hitless games on Friday and Saturday, the first time he had done so since mid-June. He then went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts on Sunday.
The Red Sox are starting a nine-game West Coast road swing that will also take them to Oakland and Seattle. Boston has been better on the road than at home, with a 30-29 away record and a 32-38 mark at Fenway Park.
Dustin Pedroia is 4-for-28 (.143) in his career against Weaver, with seven strikeouts.