Jered Weaver hurls seven shutout innings in MLB debut

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- When Jeff Weaver made his major league
debut for Detroit in 1999, his kid brother Jered was in the stands
with their parents to witness it.

The tables were turned on Saturday night, with Jeff watching
from the dugout and Jered pitching the Los Angeles Angels to a 10-1
victory over Baltimore with seven shutout innings. Now the younger
Weaver has something tangible to put among the family's baseball
heirlooms besides his Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur player
of 2004.

"My mom and dad will be getting the ball," Jered said. "We've
got a big trophy case back home with a bunch of balls in it from
what Jeff's accomplished. Hopefully, this is one of many to go in
the collection."

The 23-year-old right-hander gave up three hits, walked one and
struck out five for the Angels, who won their season-high fourth
straight game. He threw 64 of his 97 pitches for strikes and held
Baltimore to one hit after the second inning -- a bloop single by
Melvin Mora.

"I was so amped up, I didn't even know what my pitch count
ended up being," said Weaver, whose highest pitch count in his
nine starts at Triple-A this season was 111 last Monday. "I
definitely would have finished it up if they had let me."

Manager Mike Scioscia liked what he saw.

"For a youngster to come up and pitch that kind of game is big
in a number of aspects," Scioscia said. "We've been looking at
Jered for a while now. He jumped up on our depth chart in spring
training, and it's great to see a product of our minor league
system come up and do well up here. And it's not just Jered, it's
other guys, too."

Kendry Morales, one of five Angels to make his major league
debut this month alone, was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer. Tommy
Murphy hit his first career homer, a solo shot in the eighth.

Tim Salmon added a two-run shot for the Angels, Garret Anderson
drove in two runs and right fielder Vladimir Guerrero threw out a
runner at the plate, one night after helping beat the Orioles with
his first career inside-the-park home run.

Anderson played in his 1,662nd regular-season game with the
Angels, breaking Brian Downing's franchise record.

"The individual accomplishments are great and all that, but I
haven't taken the time to dwell on that too much -- other than the
fact that I've done it," Anderson said. "It's a team sport, and
that's a direction you always have to come from just to stay
grounded. If I never played another game after today, I could
probably give a better answer. But since I'm still playing, it's
kind of hard to because the job's not done yet."

The Weavers became the first pair of brothers to pitch for the
Angels in their 46-year history, and the first pair to pitch for
the same club since Andy and Alan Benes with St. Louis in 2001.

"Jeff gave me some advice at the beginning of the game and
everything worked out," Jered said. "There were some things that
he threw out there about not leaving my slider up in situations
where they know it's coming. I took that advice, and towards the
fourth inning on, I was expanding the plate with my slider and it

The Orioles were baffled throughout by Weaver's delivery.

"When you face a guy who hides the ball like he does, it takes
a couple of at-bats to try to find his release point," Jeff Conine
said. "Obviously, the more you face a guy, the more you can

Weaver, who was born in Northridge, Calif., played his college
ball at nearby Long Beach State. He was 37-9 with a 2.43 ERA and a
school-record 431 strikeouts in three seasons with the 49ers.

The Angels made him the 12th overall pick in the June 2004
draft, but he and agent Scott Boras held out until June 4, 2005,
when the team signed him to a minor league contract with a
club-record signing bonus of $4 million -- the largest the team had
ever given to a draft pick. Had a deal not been reached at that
time, Weaver would have re-entered the draft.

"There's nothing wrong with a little sibbling rivalry. And just
having that support I think is going to benefit both of us," Jeff
Weaver said.

Erik Bedard (5-4) allowed six runs and 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings,
after giving up eight runs in five innings last Monday in an 8-6
loss at Seattle. The left-hander is 1-4 with a 7.86 ERA in seven
starts after winning first four outings.

"It's frustrating. Just look at the numbers," Bedard said.
"It's hard to swallow, but you've just got to keep grinding and
work your way out of it. I guess I have to improve my location and
throw more strikes."

Game notes
Jeff Weaver had a solid outing in his first big league
game, on April 14, 1999, against the Minnesota Twins at Detroit. He
struck out his first batter, Torii Hunter, and pitched five
scoreless innings in a 7-1 victory. The only hit he allowed was a
fifth-inning single by Ron Coomer. ... The Orioles have lost 15 of
their last 19 road games, and have scored just eight runs in a
four-game span since getting nine runs in the ninth inning of
Tuesday's 14-4 win at Seattle.