NEW YORK (AP) -- Thanksgiving ought to be interesting at Chez
Weaver, when the pitching brothers, Jered and Jeff, sit down to
dine. That's because the younger Weaver cost the older one his job
with the Los Angeles Angels.
On Sunday, Jered demonstrated why that happened.
Weaver, unbeaten in his first major league season, worked six
brilliant innings at Yankee Stadium, allowing just three hits, and
won his eighth straight decision as the Angels defeated the New
York Yankees 5-3.
Weaver gave up just three hits and struck out eight and
dominated on the same mound where Jeff struggled when he pitched
for the Yankees
"It was awesome," Weaver said. "It was like a video game. I
was definitely nervous. That lineup, anyone can hurt you any
Weaver has been in this place before. When he was college at
Long Beach State, he visited Jeff for a couple of weeks when his
brother was a Yankee.
"I hung out with those guys," he said. "It was a pretty good
time for me. It kind of helped me being around to learn what to
expect if I got up here."
A disappointment with the Yankees, Jeff moved on to the Angels
in 2004, the year Jered was picked by Los Angeles in the
first-round of the amateur draft. When the Angels promoted the
younger Weaver in June, the older one was designated for assignment
and wound up in St. Louis.
"We talk every other day," Jered Weaver said. "We stay in
contact as much as possible."
Sunday was almost certainly one of those days after the way
Weaver (8-0) handled the Yankees and earning his sixth victory on
the road and becoming the first pitcher to win his first eight
career decisions since Livan Hernandez did it with Florida in 1997.
Manager Mike Scioscia was impressed.
"Not having a lot of innings of pro baseball under his belt,
he's pitched great," Scioscia said. "He gave us a great ball
game. That's what we'll need down the stretch. He's pitching great
Yankees manager Joe Torre liked Weaver's approach.
"He's unusual for a young pitcher," Torre said. "To have as
much command of as many pitches as he does. He can throw any pitch
at any time in any count."
The Yankees threatened to spoil Weaver's day when Alex Rodriguez
and Jason Giambi hit consecutive two-out home runs in the bottom of
the ninth inning against Scot Shields. Francisco Rodriguez relieved
and got the last out for his 30th save.
Los Angeles bunched six hits for three runs against Chien-Ming
Wang in the first inning. Wang (13-5) lasted into the sixth inning,
allowing five runs on 13 hits, all of them singles except for Chone
Figgins' leadoff homer.
Figgins, who had three hits, hit Wang's second pitch for his
sixth home run of the season. It was his first home run since July
Singles by Howie Kendrick, who also had three hits, Orlando
Cabrera, Juan Rivera and Adam Kennedy added two more runs and then
Robb Quinlan beat out a tap in front of the plate, loading the
bases before Curtis Pride hit into an inning-ending double play.
In the fifth, Figgins opened with a single and advanced to
second on an infield out. With two out, Vladimir Guerrero was
walked intentionally. After a double steal, Rivera's single scored
Figgins, making it 4-0.
Craig Wilson got a run back for the Yankees in the bottom of the
fifth with a home run. It was Wilson's second homer since being
acquired from Pittsburgh at the trade deadline.
Until the homer, the only hit for the Yankees against Weaver was
a swinging bunt to the left side by Jason Giambi. With the Angels
in an exaggerated shift against the left-swinging Giambi, he beat
out the ball easily.
Los Angeles loaded the bases against Wang in the sixth on
singles by Quinlan and Figgins sandwiched around a walk to Mike
Napoli. Kendrick's second hit made it 5-1 and finished Wang.
Kendrick's three singles gave him hits in 21 of the last 22
games. ... Weaver struck out the side in the first inning. ...
Rivera robbed Bobby Abreu of a hit with a sliding catch to end the
third inning. ... Wang had won his last five decisions before
Sunday. The 13 hits he allowed were a single-game career high. ...
Weaver had three no-decisions after winning his first seven starts.
... Rodriguez's home run was his 25th of the season and 454th of
his career, moving him past injured teammate Gary Sheffield into
30th place on the all-time list. ... The Angels improved to 4-2
against the Yankees this season and 53-50 since 1996. They are the
only team in the Joe Torre era to have a winning record over New