Minnesota (58-79) at Los Angeles (74-64)

  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Sat Sep 3, 2011
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Due to a death in the family, Jered Weaver(notes) had to miss his scheduled start for the opener of a nine-game homestand. The Los Angeles Angels could have used his help.

Following one of his team’s worst pitching performances of the season, Weaver will try to help the Angels bounce back by recording his sixth consecutive win in Anaheim on Saturday night against the Minnesota Twins.

Weaver (15-7, 2.28 ERA) was looking to rebound from another difficult road start heading into Friday’s game versus the Twins but had to leave to attend his grandfather’s funeral in Oregon.

In place of their ace, the Angels (74-64) called up Tyler Chatwood(notes) from Triple-A Salt Lake but he didn’t make it out of the fourth inning in a 13-5 defeat. The 13 runs were the second-most allowed by Los Angeles this season, and the Twins (58-79) scored four of those on bases-loaded walks.

Eight Minnesota hitters drove in at least one run, including Trevor Plouffe(notes) with a solo homer, and three had two RBIs apiece during a 15-hit performance that snapped Los Angeles’ six-game home win streak.

“The year hasn’t gone the way we wanted it to,” third baseman Danny Valencia(notes) said. “At the same time there are a lot of young guys in here, myself included, who are going to learn a lot of things from this that are going to prepare us later on.”

Having Weaver back in Anaheim might be what the Angels need to rebound and cut into their 4 1/2-game deficit to AL West-leading Texas.

The right-hander, who will attempt to match his career high for wins, is 7-1 with a major league-best 1.38 ERA at home this season and has allowed a combined three runs in his last six starts there. Weaver, though, gave up seven runs over six innings in his previous outing, a 9-5 loss in Texas on Sunday night.

That start was also his first on three days’ rest in his career.

“His stuff looked crisp early but he was struggling with command. But as the game progressed, he made some pitches and kept us in the game. Then he lost some crispness in the seventh,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “Short rest wasn’t an issue.”

Weaver might have a good chance to bounce back from that miserable performance as he’s 3-0 in four home starts against the Twins. He allowed two hits and struck out seven over nine innings on May 28 at Target Field, but did not get a decision in a 1-0 defeat.

As it tries to match its longest win streak in nearly two months, Minnesota will try to get a better outing from Brian Duensing(notes) (9-13, 5.09), who is 1-5 with a 7.88 ERA since the beginning of August. The left-hander, however, earned that lone win Sunday against Detroit while giving up four runs over six innings.

Duensing beat the Angels at home last season by yielding one run over eight frames but was tagged for five runs in six innings during a 5-1 loss in Anaheim on Aug. 2.

The Twins haven’t won three in a row since July 3-5 and haven’t recorded three straight road victories since a five-game run June 2-6. Minnesota is also seeking its seventh win in 10 games in Anaheim.

The Angels’ Howie Kendrick(notes), batting .365 with seven homers and 14 RBIs in his last 16 games, is 5 for 9 in his career against Duensing.

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Starting Pitchers

B. Duensing KC vs. J. Weaver LAA
9-14 Record 18-8
5.23 ERA 2.41
115 K 198
52 BB 56
1.52 WHIP 1.01


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