St. Louis (54-41) at Los Angeles (47-50)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Sat Jul 22, 2006
  • TV: KPLR, KCAL
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Jeff Weaver appreciates that, despite his struggles, the St. Louis Cardinals have provided him a place in their rotation.

After a disappointing Cardinals debut, Weaver looks for a successful showing in a Southern California return. The right-hander makes his second start as a Cardinal in the middle game of a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (47-50) on Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

Weaver (0-1, 13.50 ERA) allowed six runs and eight hits in four innings of a 15-3 home loss to Atlanta on Monday in his first appearance since June 27.

“I felt strong, felt good and just need to get back into a rhythm,” said Weaver, who pitched for the Dodgers from 2004-05. “Get out there every five (days) and hopefully get something rolling.”

The Cardinals (54-41) acquired Weaver from the Los Angeles Angels in a trade for outfield prospect Terry Evans on July 5, five days after the Angels designated him for assignment to make rotation room for his younger brother, Jered.

Weaver was 3-10 with a 6.29 ERA in 16 starts with the Angels, who had signed him to a one-year deal worth $8.4 million. The right-hander is 11-13 with a 3.88 ERA in 34 career Dodger Stadium starts.

“To wind up on a first-place club is great,” Weaver said of the Cardinals. “I’m just happy to be with an organization that is looking to win. That’s what it’s all about.”

Weaver looks to follow the performance of fellow Southern California native Jeff Suppan, who allowed five hits and three walks in seven shutout innings of the Cardinals’ 2-0 win on Friday. The Cardinals have won all five meetings this season and seven straight dating to last year over the Dodgers.

Right-hander Aaron Sele (6-3, 3.34) looks to end that skid and continue his Dodger Stadium dominance, where he is 6-0 with a 1.65 ERA in seven starts since he joined Los Angeles earlier this season. Sele looks to bounce back after he allowing five runs and nine hits while striking out four in five innings of an 8-3 loss on Monday at Arizona.

“I was up in the zone all night, the changeup was non-existent and the curveball was rolling,” said Sele, who had won his previous three decisions. “I’ve got to make better pitches than that.”

Los Angeles has been outscored 45-15 while going 1-8 since the All-Star break.

Cardinals reserve first baseman Scott Spiezio has batted .471 (16-for-34) with a homer and 10 RBIs lifetime against Sele.

Former Cardinals outfielder J.D. Drew, who has hit .167 (8-for-48) against St. Louis, left Friday’s game with a right-knee bruise after he was hit by a first-inning pitch. His status is uncertain.

Dodgers bench coach Dave Jauss will serve as the team’s first base coach for the second straight night as Mariano Duncan finishes serving a two-game suspension for a Monday incident with umpire Angel Hernandez.

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J. Weaver LAD vs. A. Sele NYM
8-14 Record 8-6
5.76 ERA 4.53
107 K 57
47 BB 30
1.51 WHIP 1.45