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Jan 22, 2013 2:14am
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ANAHEIM, Calif. Michael Crabtree Pink Jersey . —Three days
before his third straight All-Star game, Jered Weaver again displayed the form
that has made the midsummer classic a regular part of his schedule. The Los
Angeles Angels ace scattered three hits over eight innings Saturday night in a
3-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. His glittering performance may have
earned Weaver a second straight All-Star start, depending on what AL manager Ron
Washington decides. “To be able to start back-to-back All-Star games would be
pretty sweet,” Weaver said. “It was an honour to start last year, but there are
some other candidates throwing the ball real well in the American League. So its
not something Im getting my hopes up about. Hopefully, I can just get out there
and throw an inning. But well see what happens.” Weaver (10-1) won his fourth
straight start since coming off the disabled list, allowing just one run over 27
2-3 innings during that stretch after missing three weeks with a lower back
strain. The right-hander struck out five and walked one while lowering his ERA
to a major league-best 1.96. Weaver joined Sandy Koufax (1963-64) as the only
pitchers since 1950 with consecutive seasons of double-digit wins and an ERA
under 2.00 before the All-Star break. During his seven-year career, the Angels
ace is 59-26 with a 2.84 ERA in 110 starts before the All-Star break. Last
season he was 11-4 with a 1.86 ERA in 19 starts before the break. “I had less
losses in the first half this year than last year, which is pretty good because
it means that Ive been able to keep the team in the game and give us a chance to
win,” Weaver said. “And our offence has been spectacular the last two months, so
theres been a lot of help on the teams end to get me to where Im at.” Weaver
improved to 14-2 at home since the start of last season. “Any starting pitcher
will tell you that its more comfortable to pitch at home,” he said. “You get
that white uniform on and you know that the home crowds going to be supporting
and be behind you. Thats a very comfortable feeling. This is a pitchers park,
theres no question about that, so its easier to let some pitches go instead of
trying to be too fine.” A good example of how Angel Stadium plays for Weaver was
demonstrated by Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters, who flied out to the
warning track in the fourth and seventh innings. “Theyve got a lot of guys in
their lineup that can hurt you,” Weaver said. “Obviously, I got away with some
pitches that they hit to the warning track, and that misty air kind of knocked
them down.” Scott Downs pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in eight
attempts. Jason Hammel (8-5) gave up three runs, six hits and four walks over 6
2-3 innings and struck out four. He also hooked up against Weaver on June 26 at
Baltimore, and was charged with eight runs in 3 1-3 innings that night in a 13-1
loss after bringing a 19-inning scoreless streak into the game. “I made a lot of
adjustments from that game. I pitched inside a lot more and it was very
effective against a team that makes contact as much as they do,” Hammel said.
“They were diving out and getting balls on the outer half the last time, so
anything that I was able to change from that outing to this one was definitely
good.” Mark Trumbo led off the Angels fourth with a single and legged it to
second after left fielder Xavier Avery misplayed the ball for the Orioles major
league-worst 75th error. Trumbo got to third after tagging up on
Alberto Callaspos flyout to the warning track in centre, and Kendrick singled
sharply to the right of second base with the infield playing in. Angels Gold
Glove right fielder Torii Hunter helped choke off an Orioles threat in the
seventh when he played the carom perfectly off the 18-foot wall on a single by
slugger Jim Thome and threw out the 41-year-old designated hitter at second base
with the Angels still leading 1-0. “He pushed the envelope there,” Orioles
manager Buck Showalter said. “Torii is a good thrower and Jimmy understands the
situation.” The Halos tacked on two more runs in the bottom half with a two-out
RBI double by Hunter and an RBI single by Kendrys Morales. But it was the speed
of rookie Mike Trout that kept the inning going for Hunter, as the 20-year-old
rookie beat the relay to first base on a potential inning-ending double-play
grounder to second baseman Robert Andino. “Hes a catalyst for that team, and
weve seen it since hes come up. Theyve been a completely different team,” Hammel
said. “I made a good pitch there and he hit it into the ground, but with his
speed he was able to keep the inning alive.” NOTES: Orioles 1B Joe Mahoney was 0
for 3 in his major league debut, two days after his contract was purchased from
Norfolk. He was a sixth-round draft pick in 2007 out of the University of
Richmond. ... Weaver will be the fourth pitcher in Angels history to represent
them in three consecutive All-Star games. The others were LHP Mark Langston
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up, he did a lot better. Johnson hit a grand slam in his Diamondbacks debut,
helping Arizona beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2. “I just want to try to
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day, he was all business. The 29-year-old South African shot his second straight
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to come.PITTSBURGH – Ray Shero doesnt believe the Pittsburgh Penguins need to
blow things up. The general manager, however, understands things certainly need
to be tweaked after another early playoff exit. The tweaks will not include a
coaching change or—at least for now—parting ways with one of its young
stars to fortify the roster elsewhere. Instead, Shero will spend the next few
months trying to diagnose what went wrong and how a team a deemed a Stanley Cup
favourite when the post-season began two weeks ago spent Tuesday cleaning out
its dressing room after getting whipped by the Philadelphia Flyers. “Why it
unraveled in 10 days, thats my job to try and figure out,” Shero said. There are
plenty of places to start. The head coaching job isnt one of them. “I have a lot
of belief in our coach Dan Bylsma,” Shero said. “I believe hes the right coach
for this hockey team.” A club that for all its offensive firepower couldnt find
any answers at the other end of the ice. Pittsburgh gave up 30 goals to the
Flyers, including 12 on the power play, and fell behind 3-0 so quickly it was
all the Penguins could do to save a little pride and extend the series to six
games before Philadelphia closed it out. Defencemen Paul Martin and
Zbynek Michalek, brought in as high-priced free agents two years ago to shore up
the blue line, struggled for most of the season and were ineffective in the
playoffs. Shero declined to place the blame squarely on the pairing, noting it
was a team-wide effort. “When you give up 30 goals in six games in a playoff
series, thats not good,” he said. “Both players are really good players in this
league.” Ones that could be difficult to move in the off-season. Martin is due
$5 million next year, Michalek $4 million. Thats a lot of money, particularly at
a time when franchises dont know what the next collective bargaining agreement
is going to look like. The current deal expires in the fall. Though Shero will
try to treat it as “business as usual,” not knowing what the financial landscape
of the league is going to look like next season will make it difficult to
scratch off every item on his to-do list. Star centres Sidney Crosby and
Jordan Staal are one year away from becoming free agents. NHL rules prevent
teams from negotiating an extension until a player enters the final year of his
current deal. Shero would love to keep both in the fold long-term. It may have
to wait. “Our goal is to re-sign both of them,” Shero said. “I think theyre both
special hoockey players and theyre great assets. Vernon Davis Jersey. Theyre at a young age.
Theyre in their prime.” And theyre not interested in leaving. “I love being here
and I love the guys in the room,” said Staal, who led the Penguins with six
playoff goals. “And thats a huge factor for myself.” Crosby has never wavered in
his preference to remain in Pittsburgh. Still, the 2009 MVP remains pragmatic.
“Its going to be something that the team and I will both wait to see what makes
sense,” he said. “Its hard being in the situation that it is with the CBA.
Typically youd start talking soon. It might be a matter of waiting to see how it
plays out and what makes sense for both sides.” Despite the bitter defeat to the
Flyers, perhaps the one positive was Crosbys health. Concussion-like symptoms
limited him to 22 games in the regular season. But he says he feels fine after
spending six games getting knocked around by Philadelphia. “(I want to) make
sure I have a healthy summer and feel good coming into next season,” he said.
“Thats the most important thing. Thats where Im at. I want to have a good
summer.” Not wanting to push it, Crosby doesnt plan to play for Team Canada in
this summers World Championships. Crosbys last venture into international play
ended with him scoring the gold medal-winning goal against the U.S. in the 2010
Vancouver Olympics. Its a sweet memory but Crosby is more concerned about
jeopardizing his future after a bumpy 16 months. “Typically Id be (at worlds) in
a second,” he said. “This isnt a normal situation. This isnt me trying to hide
from the World Championships. I love playing for Team Canada.” Malkin, who led
the NHL with 109 points, will play for Russia and offers have been extended to
several other players, including Canadian defenceman Kris Letang and forward
James Neal. Neals thumb injury may prevent him from playing this summer and
Letang is dealing with a hip issue. Shero has no problem with his top players
staying active over the summer. Hell be too busy trying to figure out how a
franchise that appeared on the verge of a dynasty after winning the Cup in 2009
has now lost three straight playoff series. “Theyve achieved a lot, but this
league is tough, we see it now,” Shero said. “There are 19 teams like us sitting
out right now, some real good ones too. Its a school of hard knocks and were
going to see if we can bounce back.” Most of the answers lie in the dressing
room. One that emptied out earlier than expected. Again. ’ ’ ’ 

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