Friday, April 17, 2015

Weaver hopes third start is the charm against Astros

The Angels begin their first series in Houston on Friday, following an off-day for both clubs, with Jered Weaver on the mound against Astros right-hander Roberto Hernandez.
Weaver gave up four home runs in his first start at Minute Maid Park last year, and he is hoping to take a step in the right direction on Friday, after giving up 10 runs on 15 hits in 10 1/3 innings in his first two starts this year. Hernandez, who owns a 2.28 ERA in 67 career innings against the Angels, gave up five runs (one earned) on five hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings against the Rangers on Saturday.
The Angels won 12 of their 19 games against the Astros last season, but Houston won five of nine at home.
Three things to know about this game
• Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun has been out of the starting lineup for the last four games because of a strained right calf. The 27-year-old leadoff hitter hit a pinch-hit RBI single on Monday, and he is hopeful of returning to the lineup on Friday.
• Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has only three hits in 16 career at-bats against Weaver, but shortstop Jed Lowrie is 6-for-22 with a home run. Albert Pujols' 45 regular-season home runs against Houston are the second most all time against them. Hank Aaron hit 46.
• Friday will mark the seventh of 15 straight games against American League West opponents for the Astros, who will see their division rivals over the next couple of weeks. Houston went 35-41 against AL West foes last season.

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