Anderson plans to play: Even though his right eye remains afflicted with conjunctivitis and is close to closed, Garret Anderson intends to be in left field and in the No. 4 spot in the order for Game 2.Anderson was hitless in four at-bats in Game 1, but he attributed that more to Josh Beckett's moving fastball and offspeed stuff than to the condition of his eye.
"It doesn't matter how many eyes you've got," he said. "If you've got a guy pitching on the corners, there's not much you can do."Scioscia indicated that Anderson will remain in the lineup until he tells the manager he can't play. "I think it looks a lot worse than it is," Scioscia said. "Garret assures us his vision's there; he's seeing the ball. And that is what's important. I don't think the eye was affecting him on the field. It wasn't just Garret; we didn't get too many good looks at [Beckett], too many good swings." Anderson carried the offense at times in the second half, batting .305 with 13 homers and 65 RBIs in 67 games after the All-Star break. "He's a guy that's swung the bat as well as anybody in baseball the last 200, 300 at-bats," Scioscia said. "We need him to contribute. He's told us he'll be honest with us, and we believe him. Garret knows when he can play and can't play."
Hatcher optimistic: Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher was as upbeat as ever on Thursday, despite the way his athletes were treated by Beckett in Game 1.
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"That guy just wouldn't let us do anything," Hatcher said. "Our guys have been able to turn the page. What we liked was the way our guys handled themselves during the game. You could see them on the [dugout] rails, pulling for each other."If our guys had been hanging their heads, we'd have been disappointed. Our guys are banged up, but they give no excuses. They're going to go out and play no matter what. The guys are into it. We know they're going to give their best effort [in Game 2]. That's what I love about these guys. "If they can get on a roll, they're going to be fantastic. We've got to play our game and manufacture some runs. We had that opportunity in the first inning, but their guy didn't give us any more opportunities." Up next: Kelvim Escobar (18-7, 3.40) gets the ball Friday against Matsuzaka (15-12, 4.40) in Game 2, a matchup of right-handers with a wide variety of pitches. First pitch is at 5:37 p.m. PT.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.