Weaver gets final start; Haren in flux for finale

Weaver gets final start; Haren in flux for finale

ARLINGTON -- Jered Weaver will make his final start of the season, as scheduled, on Friday night at Rangers Ballpark, but it has not been determined if Dan Haren will work the season finale on Sunday.

"He'll be out there," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Weaver, who would be a leading candidate for Hard-Luck Pitcher of the Year if such an award existed. "Dan threw a bullpen and felt good. We'll see where we are on Sunday. He's got a lot of innings under his belt, that's for sure."

Haren has worked 222 total innings, including 88 in 13 starts for the Angels since his arrival from the D-backs. He's 4-4 since returning to the American League, but he has yielded three or fewer earned runs in each of his past seven starts, spanning 47 innings. Overall, Haren is 11-12 with a 3.93 ERA in 33 outings, with 203 strikeouts in those 222 frames.

Weaver is 13-12 in 32 starts, going 217 innings and striking out 229 hitters. He has a shot at the Majors' strikeout lead, trailing Felix Hernandez by three and Tim Lincecum by two. The Mariners shut Hernandez down for the season, and Lincecum likely is done with the Giants closing in on the National League West title.

Reflective of the tenor of his season, Weaver is 2-3 in his past six starts while allowing 11 earned runs in 43 1/3 innings -- a 2.28 ERA. His season ERA is 3.02.

Haren ranks seventh in the Major Leagues in innings pitched. Weaver sits 11th, one spot ahead of Saturday starter Ervin Santana, who has thrown 216 1/3 innings.