American League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, April 21st
(All times Eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (8-6) at LA Angels of Anaheim (5-9), 9:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Jake Arrieta (1-0, 2.66)
LA Angels - Jered Weaver (2-0, 2.18)
(Sports Network) - Jered Weaver goes after his third win of the season this
evening when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim resume a three-game series with
the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium.
Weaver was brilliant on Monday against Oakland, scattering five hits over 6
2/3 scoreless innings to improve to 2-0, while lowering his earned run average
to 2.18. He also struck out six, including the 1,000th punchout of his career.
"I've gotten them all in an Angels uniform, so that's pretty cool," said
Weaver, who hasn't allowed a run in his two wins. "But I think more
importantly, six sets of brothers have done it, so I think that's a little bit
more interesting than getting a thousand."
Weaver was alluding to his brother, Jeff, who recorded 1,214 strikeouts in his
Weaver has faced the Orioles six times and is 3-3 with a 3.52 ERA.
Baltimore, meanwhile, will counter with righty Jake Arrieta, who is 1-0 with
a 2.66 ERA. Arrieta picked up his second straight no-decision on Monday in
Chicago, as he surrendered four runs (two earned) and seven hits in 6 2/3
innings of his team's 10-4 win that saw them score six times in the 10th
"We had a couple errors, a couple miscues on defense and had to face a few
more hitters than necessary, but they picked me up and that's what good teams
have to do," said Arrieta, who struck out seven. "We're going to make errors
on defense just like everybody else in the league, but it speaks highly of our
offense being able to put that behind us and really come out and continue to
swing the bats well."
Arrieta did not get a decision in his only other start against the Angels.
On Friday Howie Kendrick went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs to carry the
Angels to a 6-3 win.
Jerome Williams (1-1) did not survive the third inning in his season debut on
Sunday, but rebounded with 6 2/3 quality innings on Friday. The right-hander
was charged with three runs on seven hits and helped snap Los Angeles' three-
Brian Matusz (0-3) lost his 12th straight decision dating back to last June,
as he was roughed up for six runs -- four earned -- on eight hits and three
walks in five-plus innings. Matusz's defense wasn't much help, committing four
errors as Baltimore fell to 5-3 on its current 10-game road trip.
"Brian was better. He left a couple of pitches up in the first inning, but
then he settled in," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of his starter.
Nolan Reimold went 3-for-5 and cranked a two-run homer to left-center to chase
Williams in the seventh and cut the Orioles' deficit to 6-3.
The Angels were 6-3 versus the O's a year ago after Baltimore won all six
games in the 2010 season series.
04/21 10:34:14 ET
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