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Swisher slam not enough to beat Weaver, Angels

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jeff Weaver worked various arm angles the
way he always did pitching for the Dodgers and it finally led to a
victory with his new Los Angeles team.

Garret Anderson's big bat was a big help, too.

Anderson went 4-for-4 with another home run and Weaver earned
his first win of 2006 in the Angels' 5-4 victory over the Oakland
Athletics on Saturday.

Weaver (1-2), a 14-game winner for the Dodgers last year,
outpitched Dan Haren and got quick outs until Nick Swisher's first
career grand slam in the fifth pulled the A's to 5-4.

"The first win is usually the toughest one to get," said
Weaver, who watched three relievers pitch a scoreless inning each.
"Especially coming into a new club, I put pressure on myself to
make it happen."

Weaver struck out five and walked one in six innings. Brendan
Donnelly and Scot Shields each worked a scoreless inning, and
Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

Adam Kennedy added an RBI double and Vladimir Guerrero singled
in a run after fouling a pitch off his left leg in the first
against Haren (0-2), who is winless in four outings and off to
another slow start.

Haren gave up five runs and eight hits in 7 1-3 innings, but
stayed in the game after the Angels' three-run fifth in which he
plunked Chone Figgins and threw a wild pitch that led to a run.

After walking Figgins to start the game and giving up Guerrero's
single two batters later, Haren received a visit from pitching
coach Curt Young -- and something changed. Tim Salmon grounded into
an inning-ending double play to start a stretch of eight straight
outs by the right-hander, in his second full season as a starter.

But Anderson sent a 1-2 pitch over the wall in right for a solo
shot with one out in the fourth, his second homer in two games. He
also had three singles in yet another fine day against the A's.

Anderson has 207 hits against the A's, the most by active
players, and a .330 career average. In addition, his 111 hits in
the Oakland Coliseum are the most by an active player.

His fourth homer of the season came a day after he hit a solo
shot in the Angels' 5-3 loss. He said his success in Oakland is
"just one of those things you can't explain."

"I've been comfortable most of the year," Anderson said.
"Just because I got four hits today doesn't mean anything."

Dan Johnson broke out of his 1-for-37 slump to start the season
with three hits for the A's, who lost for the eighth time in 11
games.

He singled on the first pitch from Weaver in the third and added
an infield single in the fifth that loaded the bases with one out.
Moments later, Swisher sent a 1-0 curveball over the right-field
wall for his seventh home run and pumped his fist while rounding
first.

"First one, man, but it's hard to enjoy it when you lose the
game," Swisher said. "It got us back in the game and I thought
there was some momentum shift. I know I was excited."

Johnson singled again in the seventh and finished 3-for-4,
raising his batting average from .027 to .098. Jay Payton snapped
an 0-for-19 skid with his single in the fifth.

"I just remember smoking three balls for hits," Johnson said.
"Same old approach. I might have been 0-for-forever but I've been
hitting some balls hard. They were just falling today. It's one of
those things that will work itself out. Usually by the end of the
year your numbers work out. I know it's tough to watch a guy
struggle but it gave me a lot of confidence that they kept running
me out there."

Game notes
The Angels placed OF Juan Rivera on the 15-day disabled
list with tightness in his rib cage. Rivera took batting practice
Friday to test the injury but it had become worse. The Angels, who
had hoped to avoid a DL stint by Rivera, brought up speedy
outfielder Reggie Willits from Triple-A Salt Lake to take Rivera's
spot. ... A's closer Huston Street played catch to test his
strained chest muscle that made him unavailable for the fourth
straight game. If the reigning AL Rookie of the Year feels fine
Sunday, he will likely throw off a mound and could be available as
soon as Monday's game at Texas. "It felt good," Street said of
his session of about 50 throws. "No pain. I just felt a little
weak, fatigued because the muscles are still weak. You've got to
recondition them, but that'll come real quick." ... Oakland SS
Bobby Crosby is not expected to miss significant time with a
strained right triceps muscle, an injury he sustained in batting
practice Friday. He entered as a pinch-runner in the ninth.