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American League Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, August 7th (All times Eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (59-51) at Oakland Athletics (58-51), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - C.J. Wilson (9-7, 3.27) Oakland - Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.55)
(Sports Network) - Veteran Bartolo Colon aims for a third straight win and tries to get the Oakland Athletics back on the right track on Tuesday when they resume an important three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at the Coliseum.
Colon has not allowed a run in either of his last two starts and was brilliant on Thursday against Toronto, scattering seven hits over eight scoreless innings to improve to 8-8, while lowering his ERA to 3.55.
"He's given us a bunch of quality starts," A's outfielder Josh Reddick said. "You know he's going to throw strikes and put the ball in play."
Colon, who was an AL Cy Young with the Angels back in 2005, lost to his former team the last time he faced them and is 9-6 in 20 starts against them with a 3.55 ERA.
Opposing him will be lefty C.J. Wilson, who is 9-7 with a 3.27 ERA. Wilson did not get a decision on Thursday in Texas, as he allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 frames, but did not get a decision in his team's 15-9 loss.
Wilson gave up one hit over eight scoreless innings to beat the A's back on May 22 and is 6-6 lifetime against them with a 3.47 ERA in 39 games, 10 of which have been starts.
He will be trying to duplicate yet another dominant showing from Jered Weaver in Monday's opener. Weaver won his ninth consecutive start by pitching a four-hit shutout in the Angels' 4-0 triumph over the Oakland Athletics.
Weaver (15-1), who became the first 15-game winner in the majors this year, fanned nine without allowing a walk. It was the right-hander's second shutout this year and sixth of his career.
"Obviously Weav set the tone and more," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's a great time for a game like that anytime from Weav, but to get it what we've been through this week with our bullpen, gives us a big lift."
Weaver, who threw 80 of his 117 pitches for strikes, is 10-0 over his last 12 starts. The 10 straight wins established a career-best. His only loss came May 13 at Texas. The Angels are 17-3 in Weaver's starts this season.
"He kept us off balance all night," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
Jarrod Parker (7-6) gave up nine hits and four runs over 6 2/3 innings in Oakland's third straight loss.
Oakland has split its 10 matchups with the Angels this season.
08/07 10:30:48 ET