Los Angeles (37-44) at Seattle (42-41)

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Jered Weaver is back with the Los Angeles Angels, and he hopes it’s for good this time.

After being recalled to take his brother’s place in the starting rotation, the 23-year-old rookie tries to extend the Angels’ winning streak to three games Monday when they open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

A former first-round pick in 2004, the younger Weaver (4-0, 1.37 ERA) was superb as a fill-in starter for injured reigning Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon. Weaver allowed just four earned runs in 26 1-3 innings, and opponents hit just .170 against him.

Weaver was returned to Triple-A Salt Lake after Colon was activated June 17, but the struggles of older brother Jeff forced Angels manager Mike Scioscia to recall the younger sibling Friday.

“This was the only direction we could go to get Jered in our rotation,” Scioscia said. “Jered is ready and hopefully he’s going to step in and give us a boost.

“It could have been anybody creating this opportunity,” the Angels manager added. “It’s really just coincidence right now it’s his brother.”

Jered Weaver’s last start came June 13, when he limited the Kansas City Royals to an unearned run and five hits in seven innings of a 4-1 victory. He is the second pitcher in franchise history to win his first four major league starts and can match Bo Belinsky’s team record of five established in 1962 with a victory in this game.

The younger Weaver—who went 6-1 with a 2.10 ERA with two shutouts in two stints with Salt Lake—is 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA on the road, giving up four runs and eight hits while striking out 12 in 12 1-3 innings.

Anaheim (37-44) took the final two games of its “Freeway Series” with the Los Angeles Dodgers, including a 4-0 win Sunday in which John Lackey matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings.

Orlando Cabrera extended his streak of reaching base safely to 59 games— the longest in the majors since 1960—with an RBI double and added his first career steal of home in the third inning.

“It’s crazy to me that I’m doing it,” said Cabrera. “Joe DiMaggio got a 56-game hitting streak. How sick is that? (Barry) Bonds, (Derek) Jeter, those guys who hit .300, they walk a lot. I’ve never walked a lot.”

Cabrera is batting .305 (71-for-233) with just 26 walks in that span.

Despite losing two of three games to the Colorado Rockies, the Mariners (42-41) wrapped up interleague play with an impressive 14-4 mark. Seattle, though, may have suffered a bigger loss than Sunday’s 4-3, 11-inning defeat to Colorado.

Center fielder Jeremy Reed suffered a broken right thumb trying to make a diving catch of Brad Hawpe’s line drive in the top of the 11th, and the double allowed Matt Holliday to score the go-ahead run for the Rockies.

There appeared to be miscommunication in the outfield between Reed and right fielder Ichiro Suzuki as both initially made an aggressive play on the ball.

“Either one of us could have gotten it, but both of us thought about it and didn’t go all the way,” Suzuki said through a translator.

Adrian Beltre and Kenji Johjima will be trying to start new hitting streaks after having 14- and 12-game streaks, respectively, end in Sunday’s loss. Beltre was 0-for-3 with two walks while Johjima, who entered the game as a defensive replacement, fouled out in his only plate appearance.

Felix Hernandez (8-7, 4.92) looks to build off an impressive June in which the 20-year-old went 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA in five starts. The right-hander won for the fifth time in six starts Wednesday, limiting the Arizona Diamondbacks to two runs in seven innings of a 10-3 win.

Hernandez’s control has improved in his last six starts, walking seven and striking out 33 in 35 innings.

“Early on he was searching for confidence,” Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. “Now, he has that confidence and he’s making his pitches. You can see it on his face.”

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J. Weaver LAA vs. F. Hernández Sea
11-2 Record 12-14
2.56 ERA 4.52
105 K 176
33 BB 60
1.03 WHIP 1.34