American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 11th
(All times Eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (2-2) at Minnesota Twins (0-4), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Jered Weaver (1-0, 0.00)
Minnesota - Carl Pavano (0-1, 5.14)
(Sports Network) - Jered Weaver tries to duplicate his marvelous Opening Day
start this evening when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continue a three-
game series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Weaver was spectacular in winning his 2012 debut on Friday against the Kansas
City Royals, as he scattered four hits over eight scoreless innings and struck
out 10 without walking a batter. That effort came on the heels of him pitching
to a 5.40 ERA in five spring training starts.
"It's much easier when the lights come on and it's Friday night and we have a
packed house," Weaver said. "It's a much different environment from Spring
Training, that's for sure."
Weaver, of course, started his 2011 campaign by winning his first six starts
and pitching to a 0.99 earned run average. That beginning set the stage for
the best year of his career, as he went 18-8 with a 2.41 ERA and 198
strikeouts en route to a runner-up finish in AL Cy Young voting.
The 29-year-old righty will be trying to get his Angels over .500 tonight
after the team hit the break-even mark with a 5-1 win over the Twins in
C.J. Wilson (1-0) made the most of his first start with the Halos, as he
allowed just a run and three hits over seven innings to get the win. The lefty
hurler had signed a five-year, $77.5 million deal with LA in the offseason.
"I think when it's a little chilly and dry like it was, the grip is definitely
an issue," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "But C.J. [Wilson] made pitches
when he had to, even though he was a little erratic with those walks. He
pitched a strong game."
Nick Blackburn (0-1) allowed five runs on five hits over six-plus innings of
work and Josh Willingham smacked a solo home run in the fourth to account for
Minnesota's lone run. Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit tallied hits for the Twins,
who fell to 0-4 for the first time since losing the first four games of the
"You don't ever want to start 0-4 and put yourself in a big hole, so it's
frustrating," remarked Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "But it's not the end of
the world right now. We can go on a five- or six-game winning streak and we're
back above .500. The game can turn quickly."
The Twins hope righty Carl Pavano rights the ship following his own Opening
Day loss to Baltimore on Friday. Pavano gave up four runs and five hits over
seven innings in that one. He also walked two and struck out a batter.
"I've never been a guy who comes out of the gate as strong as I'll be the next
couple of weeks," said Pavano, who has a career 4.76 ERA in April. "Right now,
I'm a little lower than I've been in the past but you've just got to execute
better pitches and it's not always about velocity. That's nice to have. I'll
He has faced the Angels seven times and is 4-2 against them with a 4.31 ERA.
The Angels won six of nine against the Twins a season ago, taking two of three
in Minnesota from May 27-29.
04/11 10:30:58 ET