American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, August 9th
(All times eastern)
L.A. Angels of Anaheim (51-62) at Cleveland Indians (62-53), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Jered Weaver (6-5, 2.90)
Cleveland - Scott Kazmir (7-4, 3.89)
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians are in danger of falling out of
contention in the American League Central race, and they'll try to get back on
track Friday night when they begin a three-game set with the visiting Los
Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Progressive Field.
Cleveland was swept in a four-game set this week by the division-leading
Detroit Tigers, who have reeled off 12 straight wins to open up a seven-game
lead in the division. The Indians are three games out in the race for the
league's final wild card spot, although general manager Chris Antonetti is
still focused on the AL Central.
"If we win more games than the Tigers," Antonetti said, "regardless of whether
we beat the Tigers or we win all of our remaining games and don't beat the
Tigers, it matters who has more wins at the end of the year, us or the
The Indians dropped Thursday's series finale, 10-3, as the Tigers erupted for
a six-run third inning. The previous night, Detroit rallied to win on Prince
Fielder's two-run double in the 14th inning.
The Angels suffered their fourth straight defeat in Wednesday's 10-3 setback
to the Texas Rangers, their seventh straight loss to their division rival. Los
Angeles has dropped 10 of its last 13 games overall.
Jered Weaver gets the start for the Halos, who have not tasted victory since
their ace last took the mound Saturday against Toronto. The right-hander gave
up three runs in 7 2/3 innings in that outing and won for only the sixth time
in 15 starts this season despite a solid 2.90 ERA. He missed more than seven
weeks earlier this season with a broken bone in his left (non-throwing) arm.
"My goals for the rest of the season are just as they were if I wouldn't have
gotten hurt," said Weaver, who is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in eight career starts
in Cleveland. "I'm just trying to go out there and win ballgames, try to get
us as deep into the game as possible and throw up zeros."
Cleveland's Scott Kazmir will face the team that released him in June of 2011
after a rocky year-and-a-half with the Angels organization. The left-hander
has enjoyed a renaissance season with the Tribe and has gone 4-0 with a 1.93
ERA over his last nine starts.
On Sunday, Kazmir twirled six shutout innings at Miami, marking the third time
in his last four outings that he has not allowed an earned run. He allowed
only two hits and struck out seven as Cleveland notched its major league-
leading 15th shutout.
"He's been pretty good," manager Terry Francona said. "He's worked hard to not
only maintain, but to answer the bell whenever he pitches. It's been fun to
Cleveland had a 5-4 edge in last season's head-to-head series with the Halos.
08/09 11:02:17 ET