Weaver finds form right on schedule

Weaver finds form right on schedule

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Yeah, Jered Weaver is ready for Opening Day.

If there was even the slightest doubt, the Angels' ace put it to rest in his spring finale against the D-backs on Tuesday night, breezing through seven scoreless innings while retiring 21 of the 25 hitters he faced.

"It's what you want to do going into the season," Weaver said. "Everything felt good, everything is on track. I'm ready to get this thing under way."

Weaver's next start will be his fourth straight regular-season opener, against the Reds and under the National League rules of Cincinnati on Monday.

There were faint, short-lived concerns the 30-year-old right-hander wouldn't have enough stamina by then, when he lasted only two innings and gave up eight runs against the A's on March 16. But Weaver felt good through 6 1/3 innings of an intrasquad game five days later, then was in vintage form at Salt River Fields.

Weaver needed only 87 pitches to get through the D-backs on Tuesday. He scattered two hits, walked one, hit another, struck out three and retired 12 in a row at one point.

"I always try to treat the last game like a regular-season game, try to mix my pitches and throw everything like you would in a regular-season game," Weaver said. "You always want to end the spring on the right foot, and I felt like I did that for the most part."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.