Lester, Lackey will start Game 1

Jon Lester will start the opener against the Los Angeles Angels in Game 1 of the ALDS, followed by Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz.

If the series goes to a fourth and fifth game, Lester could be available to pitch on short rest and Beckett would be on his regular rest for the finale.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona made the announcement after Sunday's 12-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians in the regular-season finale.

Francona, who said earlier in the day that Tim Wakefield would not be on the ALDS roster, said that other roster decisions still had to be made.

Daisuke Matsuzaka and and Paul Byrd were also passed over for starts in Games 1-3, though Matsuzaka could be considered for a Game 4 start.

John Lackey will start Game 1 for the Angels, while Jered Weaver will start Game 2. Scott Kazmir and Joe Saunders are scheduled to pitch in Games 3 and 4. Ervin Santana will pitch out of the bullpen.

The Red Sox don't know yet if they'll open against the Angels on Wednesday or Thursday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.