American League Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, May 16th (All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (18-24) at LA Angels of Anaheim (22-18), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Chris Archer (2-2, 5.16) LA Angels - Jered Weaver (4-2, 3.22)
(SportsNetwork.com) - One night after Mike Trout launched his first career walk-off homer, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will turn to another one of their franchise cornerstones.
Jered Weaver gets the start on Friday night looking to remain unbeaten for a sixth straight outing as the Angels play the second of four straight meetings with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Weaver opened the season 0-2 with a 5.79 earned run average through three starts, but has won four straight decisions over five starts since and has not allowed more than two runs in any of those outings.
The right-hander won his third start in a row on Sunday, a 9-3 decision over Toronto. Weaver allowed a run on four hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings of work.
"I think he's growing into his stuff," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Weaver is trying to get back to where he wants to be and has taken great strides the last couple of games."
Weaver, 31, is 4-2 with a 3.22 ERA on the year and 4-3 with a 3.92 ERA lifetime versus the Rays.
Trailing by three runs going into the bottom of the ninth, the Angels rallied for a 6-5 victory off the Rays bullpen. Grant Balfour walked a pair of batters and allowed an RBI single to Collin Cowgill before Trout took Brad Boxberger deep for a walk-off, three-run homer.
Trout came into the game batting .269, but does have a hit in five straight and all but one of those has gone for extra bases. The outfielder has a pair of doubles, a triple and a homer over that span.
"It's an unbelievable feeling when you can help your team like that," Trout said. "Our team's playing great right now. We've just got to keep it going. I've been struggling and other guys have been picking me up. I'm just trying to stay positive. My swings feel good."
Los Angeles picked up a victory in the opener of a 10-game homestand and has won three in a row and six of seven overall.
Brandon Guyer hit a solo homer and knocked in two runs for the Rays, who had a brief two-game winning streak snapped and lost for the seventh time in 10 games. James Loney had two RBI and a run scored.
"We've had a couple (of tough losses in 2014) ... You can't take too many mulligans like this. There's not that many available," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Maddon will look for his club to rebound tonight behind Chris Archer, who has allowed four or more runs in three of his past four starts since his last victory on April 19.
Archer did not factor into the decision in three straight before taking a 6-5 loss to Cleveland on Sunday, his first at home since Aug. 13. The 25-year-old righty yielded four runs on eight hits and four walks over five innings.
Archer dipped to 2-2 with a 5.16 ERA on the season. He has split two previous starts against the Angels while posting a 5.06 ERA.
After going just 1-9 versus Tampa Bay in 2013, the Angels held a slight 4-3 edge in last year's season series, splitting four games in Anaheim.
05/16 10:52:07 ET