Minnesota (23-27) at Los Angeles (22-29)

Cloudy Currently: Anaheim, CA
Temp: 70° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue May 30, 2006
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After a dreadful start to the month, the Los Angeles Angels are finally starting to play like a team that advanced to the ALCS last October.

The Angels look to win their third straight game over the Minnesota Twins when they continue their three-game set at Angel Stadium on Tuesday.

After going 5-15 to start May, Los Angeles (22-29) has won five of its last six games. The Angels defeated the Twins 4-3 in 11 innings on Monday night, behind aggressive base running by Chone Figgins.

“We just gave it to them, basically,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It shouldn’t have been their ballgame. It should have been our ballgame.”

In the 11th, Figgins raced to third after an errant pickoff throw at first by Jesse Crain. Figgins then scored on Orlando Cabrera’s base hit to left field.

Cabrera went 3-for-5 and has hit safely in a season-high 10 straight games, batting .295 (13-for-44) with five doubles and seven RBIs in that span.

Jeff Weaver (2-7, 6.99 ERA) will try to build off a successful outing in his last start when he takes the mound for Los Angeles. Weaver, the older brother of rookie sensation Jered Weaver, snapped a season-high five game losing streak, allowing three runs and five hits in six innings in a 8-5 win over Texas on Wednesday.

“I asked myself, ‘What have I been doing, just letting people beat me up,”’ Jeff Weaver said. “I just got angry. Something clicked in my head. I hope I can get back to trusting and just letting it fly, making it aggressive on the hitters instead.”

Jeff Weaver, who signed a one-year, $8.325 million deal with the Angels in February, is still looking for his first win at Angel Stadium. He is 0-2 with a 14.25 ERA and opponents are batting .421 against him in three home starts.

The older Weaver has not faced Minnesota since May 5, 2001 when he was with Detroit, and is 3-6 with a 6.27 ERA in 10 career starts against the Twins.

Los Angeles is looking to win four straight at home over Minnesota (23-27) for the first time since a seven-game run from April 14, 1990-April 20, 1991.

Scott Baker (2-4, 5.48) will make his first start since May 20 when he takes the mound in this game. Despite winning his last start, Baker was skipped in the rotation after some rough outings.

Baker allowed four runs and six hits in five innings in a 16-10 win over Milwaukee for his first win since April 14.

“I felt better than the numbers show,” said Baker, who also struck out a career-high eight. “It comes down to making pitches when you have to.”

But the right-hander has allowed two homers in each of his last four games, and opponents are batting .319 against him this season.

Baker allowed four runs and six hits in five innings in a 6-4 loss to the Angels on April 20, although he did not factor in the decision. He made his major league debut at Angel Stadium, allowing two runs and five hits in five innings in a 2-1 loss on July 5.

Minnesota center fielder Torii Hunter is 0-for-9 in his last two games, but 8-for-19 (.421) with three doubles and 10 RBIs in his career against Jeff Weaver.

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S. Baker LAD vs. J. Weaver LAD
5-8 Record 8-14
6.37 ERA 5.76
62 K 107
16 BB 47
1.56 WHIP 1.51