TEMPE, Ariz. -- Uneventful as these first Spring Training starts may seem, at 30 years old and in preparation for his eighth season in the Majors, Jered Weaver still feels some jitters heading into them.
"If you lose that excitement first start of spring," Weaver said, "you probably shouldn't be playing anymore."
The Angels' ace threw 41 pitches through two innings against the Dodgers' split squad at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Friday, giving up a run on two hits -- a Dee Gordon leadoff single and a Luis Cruz RBI double -- with two strikeouts and no walks. He threw mostly fastballs and changeups, focused mainly on mechanics and got through the second inning quickly, inducing three flyouts.
"I was just trying to concentrate on mechanics in a game atmosphere as opposed to working on stuff in the bullpen," he said. "First inning, you get a little excited, a little amped, and want to work quick. It takes a little while to get in the flow of the game again, and I felt like I was a little more under control in that second inning."