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BOSTON -- If there was any doubt that Brett Anderson would make his scheduled start in Boston on Wednesday, it's quickly dissipating.

The lefty, who exited Friday's loss to the Rays after the first inning because of a sprained right ankle, said on Monday that he's "good to go for Wednesday."

Manager Bob Melvin also said just as much.

"Everything is on schedule at this point for him," Melvin said.

Anderson threw what Melvin deemed "a very aggressive side" in St. Petersburg on Sunday, and on Monday he said he was encouraged by how the ankle responded, though some more running drills later in the day gave him an even better indication of his progress.

"I can obviously feel it a little bit when running," Anderson said, "but other than that, it feels good."

Anderson, who will be opposed by Jon Lester on Wednesday, is 5-2 with a 2.70 ERA in eight career starts against the Red Sox.

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