TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels ace and likely Opening Day starter Jered Weaver was roughed up by the Royals on Thursday, giving up four runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.
But Weaver is one of baseball's best pitchers and has very little to prove in Spring Training.
"That's going to happen in spring," said Weaver, who also struck out four and walked one. "These numbers don't show up in the back of a baseball card."
Weaver, who has a 5.84 ERA in 12 1/3 innings, spent most of Thursday's game working on a fastball command that has been absent for him this spring. In his next start, he'll begin integrating some offspeed pitches.
"The results weren't there," Weaver said, "but it was a step in the right direction."