Detroit (10-8) at Los Angeles (9-9)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Mon Apr 23, 2007
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One bad inning ruined Jered Weaver’s 2007 debut. The young right-hander will hope for a better effort in his first home start for the Los Angeles Angels on Monday in the opener of a two-game set against the Detroit Tigers.

Coming off an impressive 2006 rookie season, the 24-year-old Weaver (0-1, 4.50 ERA) started the season on the disabled list because of biceps tendinitis. Weaver, who went 11-2 with a 2.56 ERA in 19 starts last season, pitched six innings and allowed all four runs in the fourth inning of the Angels’ 4-1 loss at Oakland on Tuesday.

“I felt great,” Weaver told the Angels’ official Web site. “I was pretty excited to get back out there.”

Weaver went 5-1 with a 2.06 ERA in eight home starts in 2006. He has never faced the Tigers.

Los Angeles (9-9) is looking for a fourth straight win after finishing a sweep of Seattle on Sunday with a 6-1 victory to move into a tie for first place with Oakland in the AL West division.

Vladimir Guerrero, Gary Matthews Jr. and Casey Kotchman each had two hits and an RBI on Sunday for Los Angeles, who lost six in a row before sweeping Seattle. The Angels scored 21 runs and pounded out 37 hits in the series after scoring a total of six runs during the six-game skid.

“There’s no rhyme or reason,” said Garret Anderson, who is 4-for-12 with five runs scored and four RBIs in his last three games. “You know it’s going to happen, so you just be patient. We play a lot of games, so we don’t get too wrapped up in one stretch of games.”

Guerrero has his average up to .400 and is 6-for-11 with five runs scored and four RBIs in his last three games. He is 5-for-13 with three homers and five RBIs against Detroit’s Mike Maroth, who will start Monday for the Tigers.

Placido Polanco’s run-scoring single gave Detroit (10-8) a 6-5 home win over the Chicago White Sox in 12 innings Sunday. Marcus Thames hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth for the Tigers, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Polanco went 2-for-5 with two RBIs Sunday to increase his average to .377. He’s hitting .421 with runners in scoring position.

“Right now, it’s the Polanco show,” Detroit reliever Jason Grilli said.

The veteran second baseman has hit safely in six games, but went 2-for-16 in four games against the Angels last season.

The Tigers hope a day off Sunday will help Gary Sheffield break out of his 0-for-12 slump. Detroit’s main offseason acquisition is hitting .119 with one homer and five RBIs.

“He’ll start fresh on the West Coast, he’ll be back in (Monday),” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “It’s a new team and he wants to do it so bad because the fans have been great. He’s probably pressing, but his timing is just not right.”

Maroth (2-0, 5.40 ERA) will try to become the first Detroit starter to win three games. He allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings, but didn’t earn a decision in Detroit’s 7-6 win over Kansas City on Tuesday.

The left-hander is 4-2 with a 5.55 ERA in eight starts against the Angels, but lost his only start against them last season.

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M. Maroth Min vs. J. Weaver LAA
5-7 Record 13-7
6.89 ERA 3.91
51 K 115
50 BB 45
1.87 WHIP 1.39


Monday, Apr 23