ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the club would carry at least 12 pitchers into the American League Division Series, which opens Thursday in Anaheim.
Typically, teams carry 11 pitchers into a five-game playoff series, but the Angels will carry an extra arm because of a lack of starting pitching depth. Scioscia has thrown out the possibility of a 13-man pitching staff, but that's highly unlikely.
Jered Weaver will start Game 1 for the Angels (6:07 p.m. PT, TBS), but Scioscia did not announce who would start Game 2 on Friday or whether the team would use three or four starters in the ALDS. Left-handers C.J. Wilson and Hector Santiago were inconsistent in September, while Matt Shoemaker (left oblique) hasn't pitched in a game in two weeks.
The addition of an extra pitcher (possibly Vinnie Pestano, Joe Thatcher or Wade LeBlanc) would shorten the bench from six to five. Scioscia and the Angels would likely have to choose between left-handed hitters Efren Navarro and Brennan Boesch for the roster's final spot.
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