Weaver on track for another Opening Day start

TEMPE, Ariz. -- If healthy, Jered Weaver will be the Angels' Opening Day starter. That's obvious. He's been the Opening Day starter the last three years, and it was perhaps even more obvious than ever going into this season that he'd get the nod again.

But Angels manager Mike Scioscia is cautious of saying anything with certainty, so he won't officially name Weaver his Opening Day starter for 2013, a la Don Mattingly naming Clayton Kershaw as the Dodgers' starter for their opener.

Well, sort of.

"Obviously you're going to make a target with Weave" for Opening Day, Scioscia said Sunday. "But you have to have some flexibility. You don't know where these six weeks take you. [Pitching coach Mike Butcher] has it mapped out very nicely to give us some flexibility and some options if guys need an extra day, so you don't have to maybe cram it to get it lined up the way you want."

Weaver, if healthy, will be making his fourth straight Opening Day start on April 1 in Cincinnati, an honor he's earned by finishing in the top five in American League Cy Young Award voting each of the last three years. C.J. Wilson will follow as the No. 2 starter, but the order behind him -- with Tommy Hanson, Jason Vargas and Joe Blanton the other three arms -- is still unclear.