Game 7: Athletics-Angels …

Boy, talk about a rough way to start out a home schedule, huh? The Angels started Tuesday with the news that Jered Weaver has a broken left (non-pitching) elbow, leaving them without their ace for the next four to six weeks. Time for the rest of the rotation to pick up the slack; time for the offense to perform as advertised.

Lineups …

Athletics (5-2)

OAKCoco Crisp, CF
Chris Young, RF
Jed Lowrie, SS
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Derek Norris, C
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Brandon Moss, 1B
Nate Freiman, DH
Scott Sizemore, 2B

SP: RH Jarrod Parker (0-1, 7.20 ERA)

Angels (2-4)

laaMike Trout, LF
Erick Aybar, SS
Albert Pujols, 1B
Josh Hamilton, RF
Mark Trumbo, DH
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Chris Iannetta, C
Peter Bourjos, CF

SP: LH C.J. Wilson (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

  • Garrett Richards will start Saturday in Weaver’s place, and may get somewhere between four to seven turns through the rotation, depending on where Weaver falls in that four-to-seven-week time frame.
  • Weaver thought he had dodged a serious injury when X-rays came back negative in Texas. But a follow-up MRI on Monday left him stunned with the diagnosis: “This is all new to me. I’ve never broken anything before. I didn’t really know how to take the news. It kind of was a shock at first. Now you just have to play the waiting game, I guess.”
  • To give them more coverage, the Angels purchased the contract of reliever Dane De La Rosa from Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding move on Tuesday. De La Rosa, a 6-foot-7 right-hander who was acquired from the Rays for Steven Geltz on March 27, posted a 2.79 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings for Triple-A Durham last year. To make room for him on the roster, lefty Andrew Taylor (labrum tear) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.”He’s a power arm,” Mike Scioscia said. “He’s a big guy with a power arm and good stuff.”
  • The Angels will stay in-house with their rotation depth. “We’re comfortable with our in-house candidates,” Jerry Dipoto said.
  • The most important bullpen guy right now? Probably Mark Lowe. He can expect to get in more high-leverage situations now.
  • Hamilton, on making his home debut after returning from Texas: “It’s more exciting for me to be here and be ready, as far as a routine for a week or so — same kind of schedule. That’s probably the most exciting thing for me.”
  • Pregame festivities for the home opener will include an unfurling of a 300-foot U.S. flag, a condor squadron flyover with six WWII AT-6 Fighters and the first pitch thrown by former Angels great Bobby Knoop.

Alden

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