|LA ANGELS ( WEAVER )|
CLEVELAND ( BAUER )
|961||LA ANGELS||-115||Ov 8,-120||-105||Ov 8.5,-110|
|962||CLEVELAND||+105||Un 8,+100||-105||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||21-18||+0.4||21-18||5.1||0.255||0.323||3.9||0.230||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||2-4||4.0||0.274||0.341||4.0||0.244||0.298|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-20||+5.8||26-19||4.9||0.266||0.338||4.5||0.252||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||3-4||4.9||0.264||0.301||5.6||0.297||0.368|
|6/3/2014||WILSON(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||2-7||L||-130||8.5 ov||O||5||8||0||10||8||2|
|6/4/2014||RICHARDS(R)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)||4-0||W||-120||8.5 ov||U||9||8||0||4||6||0|
|6/5/2014||SKAGGS(L)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||5-8||L||-140||9.5 un||O||9||7||0||10||8||1|
|6/6/2014||WEAVER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||8-4||W||-200||8 ov||O||11||2||0||11||12||0|
|6/7/2014||SHOEMAKER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||6-5||W||+105||7.5 un||O||10||5||2||9||5||2|
|6/8/2014||WILSON(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-2||W||-165||8 ev||U||9||11||0||7||5||2|
|6/13/2014||WILSON(L)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)||3-4||L||-110||7.5 un||U||6||6||0||8||7||1|
|6/14/2014||RICHARDS(R)||@ ATLANTA||FLOYD(R)||11-6||W||-115||7.5 un||O||16||8||1||15||14||1|
|6/15/2014||SANTIAGO(L)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||3-7||L||105||7.5 ov||O||12||11||1||12||7||1|
|6/16/2014||WEAVER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|6/17/2014||SHOEMAKER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)|| |
|6/18/2014||WILSON(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|6/19/2014||RICHARDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|6/6/2014||BAUER(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||4-6||L||150||8 ov||O||10||9||1||7||2||0|
|6/7/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||8-3||W||100||9.5 ov||O||12||7||0||8||4||1|
|6/8/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ TEXAS||SAUNDERS(L)||3-2||W||110||9.5 un||U||10||10||0||6||6||1|
|6/9/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)||17-7||W||-110||9.5 un||O||18||3||2||11||6||0|
|6/10/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||5-9||L||-110||7 un||O||10||7||1||11||6||0|
|6/11/2014||BAUER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||1-4||L||105||7.5 ov||U||8||8||1||11||8||1|
|6/12/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||2-5||L||145||8 ov||U||8||6||2||12||7||1|
|6/13/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||3-10||L||125||8.5 un||O||7||6||1||11||6||1|
|6/14/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)||3-2||W||130||9.5 un||U||10||13||0||9||7||1|
|6/15/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)||3-2||W||-110||8.5 ov||U||7||10||0||6||8||0|
|6/16/2014||BAUER(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|6/17/2014||TOMLIN(R)||LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|6/18/2014||MASTERSON(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|6/19/2014||MCALLISTER(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|LA ANGELS: ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton didn't exactly fit in right away with the Los Angeles Angels after they accepted owner Arte Moreno's lavish free-agent contracts.|
Now that both sluggers feel much more comfortable and confident in Orange County, they know it's time the Angels started getting more wins for their money.
The Angels' four-year absence from the playoffs is embarrassing for an organization with a sky-high payroll and equally lofty expectations, but they seem capable of ending the drought if the club's various pieces finally add up properly.
Pujols and Hamilton are full of spring optimism after those disappointing 2013 efforts, while superstar Mike Trout is back for the third full major league campaign in his already remarkable career.
|CLEVELAND: CLEVELAND (AP) - Jason Kipnis didn't want it to end. He had plenty of company.|
After the final out ended the club's magical, turnaround season so jarringly last October, Kipnis, who made his first All-Star team in 2013 and a few of his teammates lingered in the dugout and watched as Tampa Bay's players celebrated their 4-0 win in the AL wild-card playoff game.
One and done. Hardly the finish Cleveland wanted.
And once again, the city would remain without a major sports championship, a drought approaching its 50-year anniversary.
But despite their brief postseason appearance in manager Terry Francona's first year, the Indians intend to play in October again - and again.
''We don't want it to be a fluke,'' Kipnis said. ''We don't want to be a one-trick pony. We want to be at the top and we want to stay there.''
Hoping to build off their unexpected 92-win campaign, the Indians enter 2014 confident they can not only contend this season, but go even further.
During spring training in Arizona, first baseman Nick Swisher, who also serves as the club's high-energy hype man, handed out ''Unfinished Business'' T-shirts to his teammates.
The Indians aren't satisfied.
''Last season, hopefully, was a steppingstone that we needed to get us going in the right direction,'' Swisher said. ''Last year was that amazing year to get us in the right mind frame to say, `Hey, we can do this. We are a team. And people need to start recognizing it.'''
Cleveland had to win its final 10 games just to make the playoffs. The late-season kick wouldn't have been necessary if the Indians had played more consistently, and more evenness has been a focus for Francona, who feels his club has the makings to do something special again.
''I love our team,'' said the AL's manager of the year. ''I love coming to the ballpark and watching them play. They are easy to like because they try hard. When you can show up with a group of guys and you respect the way they go about things it makes the challenging times more fulfilling. We know we can do it now. We've got to try and go do it better.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (LA ANGELS-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Indians Preview* ========================
Los Angeles (37-31) at Cleveland (35-35), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Jered Weaver admits that he is very comfortable in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians certainly are as well this year.
The Los Angeles Angels starter's lowest ERA in any AL park is at Progressive Field, where the Indians have won nine straight heading into Monday night's opener of a four-game series.
Weaver (7-5, 3.51 ERA) is 6-0 with a 1.64 ERA in nine career starts at Cleveland (35-35), including a 5-2 victory he earned Aug. 9 in which he gave up two runs over seven innings. He allowed one run over his previous 36 at Progressive Field.
"I have no idea (why)," said Weaver after last year's outing. "I'm not a numbers' guy. I feel comfortable in this park."
The Indians should be a formidable opponent Monday since they are enjoying their longest home win streak since an 11-game run July 11-Aug. 1. Their 21-11 home mark is the best in the majors.
Cleveland will be counting on strong efforts at the plate from Carlos Santana, who is 9 for 17 against Weaver, and Lonnie Chisenhall, who is 5 for 12. On the other end of the spectrum, Nick Swisher (7 for 31), Michael Brantley (5 for 24) and David Murphy (8 for 55) have struggled.
Weaver is trying to avoid allowing a homer in seven straight starts for the first time in his career. He gave up four runs over 5 1-3 innings in last Wednesday's 7-1 loss to Oakland.
Another Cleveland hitter who can't be looking forward to this matchup is Michael Bourn, who is 1 for 10 with five strikeouts against Weaver. The Indians leadoff man is also in a 1-for-19 slump with six strikeouts.
The Indians start a seven-game homestand after they posted back-to-back 3-2 victories in Boston to close a 10-game trip with a .500 mark. Swisher was Sunday's hero with a go-ahead solo homer in the 11th inning - a big hit considering his .207 average.
"This year's been kind of crazy for me, personally, just to come up with a hit like that to help this team win a ballgame," Swisher said. "I was so stoked, man. I wanted to smile all the way around the bases."
Los Angeles (37-31) outscored Cleveland 19-8 in sweeping three games at home April 28-30. Weaver captured the middle game of that series by yielding two runs over 5 1-3 innings in a 6-4 victory.
Erick Aybar and David Freese each went 5 for 12 in that series for the Angels, but both may not be a big factor this time.
Aybar left Sunday's 7-3 loss at Atlanta with a sore left hip after homering earlier in the contest and is day to day.
"I felt a little bit sore," Aybar told the team's official website. "I felt it right away. I don't want to miss more time. Better take a day and not wait two weeks or something."
Freese, meanwhile, is mired in a 3-for-23 slump with nine strikeouts over his last six games.
Like Weaver, Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer (1-3, 4.24) has also pitched well in Progressive Field - where he is 2-2 with a 2.15 ERA in six career starts. The right-hander, a southern California native, has never faced Los Angeles.
He'll get his first look at Angels superstar Mike Trout, hitting .366 during a 10-game streak. Trout's .207 average in Cleveland is his second-worst in any big-league city.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:36:10 AM EST|