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Angels-Dodgers schedule & pitching matchups

Freeway Series begins Friday night in Anaheim. Plus, Andrelton Simmons could be nearing a return.

Los Angeles Dodgers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The first leg of the Freeway Series race begins Friday in Anaheim
Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

The Angels are off Thursday, but the first incarnation of the Freeway Series is upon us this weekend in Anaheim.

After a losing road trip the Angels found their way once they returned home, taking two of three from the A’s, who had won nine straight entering that series. The Halos face another tough test this weekend in the Dodgers, and will face their best three pitchers.

This is the first of two series between the Angels and Dodgers this season. They close out the regular season against each other, September 25-27 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Andrelton Simmons has missed the last 15 games with an ankle injury, but took batting practice this week, giving him an outside chance at a return this weekend. Simmons said it would depend how he felt in a few days.

“I’m trying to listen to my body,” Simmons said on Wednesday. “I know it might not feel 100 percent when I come back, but I’m trying to make sure when I do come back, I am helpful to the team, and I’m not a hindrance where I’m not moving around good enough.”

Here is the schedule and television information for the weekend, including two games on national television. Friday will be broadcast on FS1, and Sunday’s game is on TBS, with both available in the local markets along with each team’s broadcast as well.

Friday, 6:40 p.m. (Fox Sports West, SportsNet LA, FS1)

Patrick Sandoval has been okay in his two starts this season, including lasting a career-best six innings last Saturday in Texas, where he was a tough-luck loser despite allowing only two runs. Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers.

This game will also be broadcast in Spanish on Fox Deportes, with Adrian Gonzalez making his television analyst debut.

Saturday, 6:40 p.m. (Fox Sports West, SportsNet LA, MLB Network)

Andrew Heaney is coming off his shortest start of the season, allowing five runs on Sunday in Texas after allowing four total runs in his first three starts of the season. Walker Buehler makes his second career start against the Angels, and his first since 2018 as a rookie.

Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (Fox Sports West, SportsNet LA, TBS)

Julio Teheran has failed to complete the third inning in each of his starts, but the Angels still plan to give him plenty of rope to work things out. The Angels had the option to swap Teheran with the red-hot Dylan Bundy, who could pitch Sunday on four days rest, but decided to stay on rotation after Thursday’s off day.

“We’ve got to get Julio going. All these games count,” manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday. “I’ve seen Teheran pitch well, often. ... He needs opportunity to get back out there, because he’s going to be a big part of us doing well in the latter part of the season.”

Dustin May starts the series finale for the Dodgers.