Weaver (7-0, 2.20 ERA) is trying for the fourth time to become the first pitcher to win his first eight decisions as a starter since Livan Hernandez won his first nine with Florida in 1997.
“I just have to get over the hump one of these days,” Weaver said.
After starting the season 7-0 with a 1.15 ERA, Weaver has posted a 4.91 ERA over his last three outings, with Los Angeles (60-57) going 1-2 in those contests. He allowed four runs and six hits in a season-low 5 2-3 innings of the Angels’ 5-4 win at Cleveland on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old right-hander had allowed two hits and was staked to a 4-0 lead going into the sixth inning before the Indians rallied to tie the game.
“It happened so quick,” Weaver said. “Maybe I was thinking ahead a little too much.”
He is the second Angels rookie to face the Yankees (68-45) in this series. Joe Saunders started Friday for Los Angeles and allowed three runs while striking out four over six innings of a 7-4 win.
“These guys are young, but they’re talented,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “They have the makeup to go out there and achieve.”
After a solid start by Saunders on Friday, veteran Kelvim Escobar allowed five runs in the second inning of Saturday’s 5-2 loss. Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer and Johnny Damon added a two-run shot for New York, which avoided a third straight loss.
Jaret Wright allowed one run and two hits in 5 1-3 innings, and was followed by Scott Proctor and Kyle Farnsworth, who combined to hold Los Angeles to one run and two hits over 2 2-3 innings before Mariano Rivera came in for his 30th save of the season.
“Any time you can get five innings out of someone and give up one run or no runs, that’s golden, really, in today’s baseball,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “When you realize how many pitchers it takes you to get through the last three innings, if you can get one guy to get you through the first five, you’re all right.”
Cano’s homer was his second since returning Tuesday following a six-week layoff due to a hamstring injury. The second baseman is hitting .474 (9-for-19) since coming back.
On Sunday, the Yankees will hand the ball to Chien-Ming Wang (13-4, 3.69). Wang has won his last five decisions, but did not receive one on Tuesday in New York’s 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Chicago White Sox.
The right-hander had a 19-inning scoreless streak, but left after allowing four runs over five innings in his shortest start since June 1 at Detroit.
“He was due for one of these games, even though you never like to look forward to it,” Torre said. “He never gave up, he kept battling.”
Wang has never faced the Angels.
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