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Jered Weaver Dismantles Dodgers

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Final Score in Anaheim: Angels 7, Dodgers 1

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In a Saturday night rematch of Sunday afternoon's pitching duel, the Angels bats made sure there wasn't a save situation to blow in order for Jered Weaver to get the win this time. The Weave pitched 8 strong innings, striking out 7 and allowing one earned run. Clayton Kershaw meanwhile left a fat cookie hanging dead red for Vernon Wells and his monstrous 2 run homer made a close 1-0 Halo lead suddenly look like the opportunity Weaver needed to remind All Star observers of just who might deserve to start next Tuesday's midsummer classic.

Erick Aybar, who wears jersey #2, was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI, 2 runs scored a stolen base and 2 LOB. Bobby Abreu had a 2 RBI hit in a crazy 4th inning that saw Alberto Callaspo get the benefit of the doubt on a diving Dee Gordon tag, attempting to double up the runner on a Jeff Mathis popout bunt. An Aybar single then scored Callaspo and Abreu's hit drove in Aybar behind Peter Bourjos whose bunt single had followed Callaspo walking to lead off the then 3-0 game.

The win was Weaver's tenth for the season, giving him an outside chance at 20 and the inside track at the AL Cy Young sans Justin Verlander continuing what appears to be an historic season. Anehime will be host to both arms next week as the Tigers send Verlander to the hill on Tuesday night and Weaver faces the Central Cats on Thursday's matinee. After back-to-back matchups against power lefty Kershaw, one can forgive Weaver fans for embracing a lesser arm as his opponent.

The victory guarantees the Angels no worse than a split against their cross-basin rivals in their annual 6-game interelague series. This was Mike Scioscia's 131st interleague win, tying Joe Torre for the most ever. Mike can have the record all tom himself tomorrow night on national television.