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Angels Seek Fourth Straight Victory Behind Jered Weaver


The Los Angeles Angels come into this game seeking their sixth straight win over the Texas Rangers, and their 8th win in the past 20 games against the Arlington ball club.

The Angels are coming off of a shutout win Friday night courtesy of All-Star snub Garrett Richards, who has now improved to 7-0 in his past eight starts. Richards allowed five hits in seven innings while striking out eight and walking two.

Mike Trout helped out at the plate, breaking up Nick Tepesch‘s perfect game in the top of the fourth, going deep with a 443-foot blast for a home run, his 22nd of the year.

The Angels now look to extend their three-game win streak, closing in on the AL West leading Oakland Athletics, as they face the Texas Rangers tonight for game 3 of a four-game series in Arlington.

”The team chemistry is unbelievable,”  Trout told Yahoo Sports. ”We have to keep thinking one game at a time. We can’t look too far ahead.”

An Angels win tonight could secure their first series victory in Arlington since 2012.

Pitching Matchup: Jered Weaver (9-6, 3.50 ERA) vs. Miles Mikolas (0-1, 12.46 ERA)

Weaver is returning for the first time since injuring his back on a come backer, giving Angels fans a scare. Halos Manager Mike Scioscia was considering resting Weaver until after the All-Star break, but after Weaver said he felt “awesome” following a bullpen session, Scioscia decided to give him the start. Weaver has a 4-8 record and a 4.84 ERA in 18 career starts in Arlington.

He will be facing the 0-1 Miles Mikolas, who made his third career start against Houston on Monday allowing 9 runs and 12 hits in 3-1/3 innings, handing Texas a 12-7 loss. Texas’s pitching rotation has been dreadful throughout their 3-20 stretch, posting a 7.25 ERA. If Mikolas throws anything like he did against the Astros on Monday, that number will increase even more.

Walk offs:

 1. Shin-Soo Choo has a .196 average in his last 12 games

2. He has also batted .412 against Jered Weaver in his career.

3. Los Angeles has hit .304 in their last eighteen games

TV: 4:15 pm PT, FOX

Radio: KLAA830, KWKU 1220

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