The A's will send left-hander Eric Surkamp to the mound Friday at Angel Stadium, and the Angels will counter with veteran Jered Weaver, who tossed a three-hit shutout in Oakland in his last start.
The Angels' right-hander cruised through that outing, needing only 95 pitches, but manager Mike Scioscia said Weaver can't get comfortable this time around.
"Any time you go back to back against the same team, especially when you've had great results against them, there's a little more on their plate," Scioscia said. "They're going to make adjustments."
That's exactly what the A's did on Thursday in the series-opener at Angel Stadium, which was their second look at Tim Lincecum in five days. Lincecum held Oakland to one run in six innings in his Angels debut on Saturday, but the A's scored four runs on seven hits in three innings vs. the righty on Thursday at Angel Stadium.
Surkamp is also making his second straight start against the same opponent. He went six innings and took the loss against the Angels on Sunday, striking out five while allowing two runs on six hits.
Things to know about this game
• Weaver has enjoyed success against the A's in his career, going 14-11 with a 2.62 ERA. His ERA against Oakland is the second-lowest of any pitcher with more than 200 innings against them since the team moved in 1968, trailing only Luis Tiant (2.37 ERA).
• A's leadoff hitter Coco Crisp is 12-for-66 (.182) in his career against Weaver, with four doubles, one RBI and 12 strikeouts.
• Angels center fielder Mike Trout has started 135 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Majors.