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Weaver to make Dodger Stadium debut

Weaver to make Dodger Stadium debut

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Jered Weaver returns to Dodger Stadium, a ballpark he knows well from his San Fernando Valley youth, cheering for the Dodgers and eating Dodger dogs. But this time it's a business trip, and that business will be conducted from a mound once graced by magical names such as Koufax, Drysdale, Sutton, Valenzuela and Hershiser.

In his Dodger Stadium debut, Weaver faces Jason Schmidt in a duel of power pitchers in the middle game of a weekend Interleague series. Schmidt should be familiar to Angels fans; he beat the eventual champions twice in the 2002 World Series, in Games 1 and 5.

Weaver's lower back discomfort, which resurfaced and forced him out of his start in St. Louis on Sunday after just three innings, is under control, he feels, following several recent visits to chiropractors in Anaheim and in Cincinnati.

"It feels much better," Weaver said. "They took an X-ray to see if there was anything wrong with the spine, and it was good. I've got to keep my hamstring stretched. Tightness in the hamstring is causing a spot in the lower back to lock up. I've been stretching three or four times a day."

It was a recurrence of a problem that has hindered him off and on for several weeks. Weaver wasn't sharp from the beginning against the Cards, yielding three earned runs on five hits and two walks.

Coming off one of his best pitching performances of the season in San Diego, Schmidt struggled in his second start since being activated from the disabled list on Sunday against Toronto. He allowed six runs on nine hits while striking out three over just four innings.

Schmidt was tagged for four extra-base hits, including a home run by Troy Glaus. He consistently hit 88 mph and reported no pain in his shoulder.

Pitching matchup
LAA: RHP Jered Weaver (5-3, 4.14 ERA)
Weaver beat the Dodgers in Anaheim on May 19, yielding two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. He's 3-2 with a 3.58 ERA in six road starts and hasn't given up a first-inning run in his 11 starts, holding hitters to a .213 average.

LAD: RHP Jason Schmidt (1-3, 6.43 ERA)
Schmidt needs a big effort to impress his new fans. He is 0-3 with a 12.60 ERA in three home starts.

Player to watch
Vladimir Guerrero's MVP campaign continues against Schmidt. Guerrero is a .500 career hitter against the right-hander in 26 at-bats, having produced two homers and nine RBIs.

Tickets
 Buy tickets now to catch the game in person.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• FOX

On radio
• KSPN, 830 AM (Español)

Up next
• Sunday: Angels (Kelvim Escobar, 7-3, 2.89) at Dodgers (Randy Wolf, 8-4, 4.06), 1:10 p.m. PT
• Monday: Angels (John Lackey, 10-4, 2.53) vs. Astros (Chris Sampson, 6-5, 3.29), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Tuesday: Angels (Bartolo Colon, 6-2, 5.73) vs. Astros (Jason Jennings, 0-1, 3.18), 7:05 p.m. PT

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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