Angels Send Marlins To 11th Straight Loss

Jered Weaver has allowed seven total runs in his last six starts.

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Angels Win 2-1, Send Marlins To 11th Straight Defeat

An RBI groundout by Torii Hunter in the eighth inning gave the Angels a 2-1 in over the Marlins in the opener of a three-game series in Miami. Jered Weaver and Anibal Sanchez were locked in a pitchers' duel for seven innings, each allowing a single run. The loss was the 11th straight for the Marlins, who are 1-19 in their last 20 games.

The only thing older than the 80-year old McKeon is Mother Nature, who made life difficult in Miami on Monday. The start of the game was delayed by an hour and 40 minutes, not starting until 8:50 p.m. local time. But that didn't stop both starting pitchers from putting on a show. Sanchez allowed only an unearned run in his seven innings of work, striking out eight.

Weaver threw 121 pitches in his seven innings, the third straight start and fourth game of his last five that he has topped the 120-pitch plateau. Weaver has thrown at least 104 pitches in every start this season, averaging 116 per start, while topping out at 128 twice. Weaver has allowed seven runs in his last six starts, and is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA during that span.

Hunter drove in both runs for the Angels, giving him 41 RBI in interleague play since 2009, the most in MLB during that span. Jordan Walden pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 17th save of the season. The Angels are 5-2 in the first seven games of their 12-game road trip.

For more news and information on the Angels, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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Mike Scioscia Stunned By Scott Kazmir's Collapse, Still Confident In Angels Club

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been one of the league’s most consistent teams since Mike Scioscia took over the managerial duties back in 2000. Since then, the Angels have failed to post a winning record just three times. Of course, one of those seasons was last year in 2010 when they won 80 games and finished third in the AL West snapping a three-year run as champs of their division.

There are infinite factors that determine the success or failure of a baseball team, but when a big free agent signing goes wrong, it can have an inordinately negative impact on a club. And for more than just one year because of the nature of guaranteed salaries in Major League Baseball. The Angeles are dealing with one such disappointing — left handed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir, who the Angeles acquired in the middle of the 2009 season. Since joining the club, Kazmir had posted a pedestrian record of 11-17 with an ERA over 5.30. The Angels had seen enough and opted to release the 27-year old last week. Quite a shock for a guy in his prime who at one point earlier in his career in Tampa Bay looked like he might mold into one of the league’s best pitchers at about this stage in his career.

For as shocked and dismayed as Mike Scioscia is by Kazmir’s unraveling, he’s upbeat that the Angels still have what it takes to return to the postseason in 2011. We’ll see if they have enough firepower, but they’ve certainly got to feel good about where they are in the standings considering they’re three games under .500 (35-38) at nearly the mid-way point of the season.

On Friday, Scioscia joined The Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio to talk about the release of Kazmir, potential rule changes concerning collisions at home plate, and what he’s expecting of his squad in the second half of the season. The Angeles kick off a three game series against the reeling Florida Marlins Monday night in Miami.

Do you view this as an Angels team in transition considering you haven’t been as strong as you have been in years past?

“There is definitely some transition going on with some younger players, but I think our team is definitely championship caliber. That’s what we are going to keep moving forward with. We have some guys like Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells, who haven’t gotten into their game and are very important to us. Some of our pitchers are starting to pitch a little bit better. In the bullpen especially that’s very important to us moving on. I think sure there is always a slight transition going on with the team and we have a lot of youngsters that are coming up and are trying to cut their baby teeth in the big leagues and there’s going to be some learning curves and growing pains, but the talent is there and we feel we are a contending team and we have not hit stride at all this year. We see potential to get this thing going and you want to keep this thing moving forward a little bit at the time and hopefully get on that run.”

What happen with Scott Kazmir to fall off and be released at the age of 27?

“This is really…some of it was baffling. Some of it you could see little glimpses coming as we were…last season for a guy to fall so much from where he was just a year and half ago is mind boggling. This guy was throwing the ball well for us in 2009. He came up and pitched very well. We traded for him and he pitched very well in late August into September and the playoffs and stuff looked good, maybe he didn’t pitch as well as he could, but his stuff was really good. It just disappeared. We’re trying to find out…obviously for the last year we’ve been trying to find out what’s happening, trying to look into mechanics, he wasn’t injured. Unfortunately for us and Scott [Kazmir] it got to a point where not only was he not making progress every time he went out there. He was really struggling to just do anything that was going to help him compete even at a Triple A level. Definitely for his benefit and for ours also we need to move on. We hope he gets it back. He is 27. He is a young pitcher. It was just that his stuff is just not there at all.”

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Angels Vs. Marlins: Michael Kohn Recalled, Plus Starting Lineups (No Hanley Ramirez For Florida)

The Angels look to continue their winning road trip, opening a three-game series in Miami on Monday with the Florida Marlins. The Angels have won each of the first two series of their road trip, in Seattle and New York against the Mets. Jered Weaver starts for the Angels, against Anibal Sanchez of the Marlins. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Angels (35-38)

Izturis 3B
Aybar SS
Hunter RF
Abreu LF
Wells CF
Kendrick 2B
Trumbo 1B
Mathis C
Weaver P

Before the game, the Angels recalled relief pitcher Michael Kohn from Triple A, and optioned infielder Andrew Romine to Salt Lake, according to broadcaster Victor Rojas.

Marlins (32-40)

Bonifacio SS
Morrison LF
Sanchez 1B
Dobbs RF
Lopez 3B
Infante 2B
Buck C
Wise CF
Sanchez P

Hanley Ramirez, hitting just .201/.300/.296 this season, sits for the Marlins tonight.

Tonight's 4:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more news and information on the Angels, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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Angels Continue Road Trip Facing Reeling Marlins, Now Under Trader Jack

The Angels have started their season-long 12-game road trip with a pair of series wins, in Seattle and New York, and look for more of the same on Monday facing the reeling Marlins in Miami. Jered Weaver gets the start for the Angels, looking for his ninth win of the season. Anibal Sanchez gets the call for the Marlins.

Weaver is 8-4 with a 2.06 ERA so far this season, and threw a shutout in his last start, his second shutout of the season. Weaver also threw 128 pitches, which tied his season high, in that outing in Seattle on Tuesday. Perhaps that extra day of rest will serve Weaver well this evening.

Sanchez is 6-1 with a 3.02 ERA this season for the Marlins. Florida has been in free fall mode this month, losing 18 of 19 games. Manager Edwin Rodriguez resigned on Sunday, and 80-year old Jack McKeon was named interim manager on Monday. McKeon led Florida to the 2003 World Series title.

The Angels haven't played the Marlins since taking two of three against them in Anaheim in 2005. Since 2000, the Angels are 123-81 in interleague play, tied with Boston for the best mark in baseball. They have the best all-time interleague road record, at 72-55.

Tonight's 4:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more news and information on the Angels, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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