ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 02: Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 2, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Dodgers 7-1. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Weaver, Angels Shut Down Kershaw, Dodgers, 7-1

Jered Weaver (10-4) leads the American League with a 1.92 ERA.

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Angels Offense Backs Weaver In 7-1 Win Over Dodgers

Jered Weaver pitched eight strong innings, leading the Angels to a 7-1 victory over the Dodgers in the second game of the Freeway Series in Anaheim on Saturday night. This game wasn't the pitchers duel that last Sunday at Dodger Stadium was, thanks to the Angels offense jumping on Kershaw for a pair of three-run innings early. Erick Aybar and Vernon Wells led the seven-run, 10-hit attack for the Halos.

Weaver was great for the second straight start against the Dodgers, allowing just one run in eight innings, picking up his 10th victory of the season. Weaver allowed just one run in seven innings on Sunday, but got a no-decision thanks to a late Dodgers rally. Weaver had eight strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 1.92, tops in the American League and second only in MLB to Jair Jurrjens (1.89) of the Braves.

Kershaw had quite the bizarre night, as he allowed seven runs (six earned), but also walked just one and struck out 10 batters. The key blow in the third inning, the first of two straight two-run frames for the Angels, was a two-run home run by Vernon Wells, who has four home runs in his last seven games. Kershaw had 10 strikeouts for the third straight start, the longest streak by a Dodger since Hideo Nomo had four straight in 1995.

Chad Billingsley and Ervin Santana face off in the rubber game of the series Sunday night, in a nationally televised game on ESPN.

For more news and information on tonight's game, or on the two teams, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs Halos Heaven and True Blue LA.

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Angels Notes: No Broken Bone For Torii Hunter, Fernando Rodney Suffers Setback

Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, who was hit by a pitch from Hiroki Kuroda on Friday night, had a CT scan of his left hand on Saturday. X-rays proved negative, but Hunter was still held out of tonight's lineup against the Dodgers. Manager Mike Scioscia said Hunter would not be able to hit tonight, but is available as a defensive replacement. Lyle Spencer and Jordan Garretson of MLB.com have more details:

Still, the nine-time Gold Glover is currently being held from participating in any baseball activity and said he has "no idea yet" as to a possible full-time return. The negative results of his tests were a relief for Scioscia and Hunter, both of whom initially thought it may be more serious.

In other Angels injury news, relief pitcher Fernando Rodney was shut down after suffering a setback in his latest attempt to return from the disabled list, per Mike DGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. Rodney has been on the DL since June 13 with an upper back strain.

Former Angel Garret Anderson, who retired this offseason and spent 15 years with the Halos, threw out the ceremonial first pitch tonight. He was flanked by his wife and kids, and got a large standing ovation. Much larger than the ovations he got when he returned to Anaheim as an opposing player in 2010 with the Dodgers.

For more Angels news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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Dodgers Notes: Ted Lilly Pushed Back A Day, Rafael Furcal Set To Be Activated Sunday

Before Saturday's game with the Angels, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced that he has shuffled the Dodgers rotation after the off day on Thursday, June 30. Ted Lilly, who has given up 18 runs and 23 hits in his last 14 2/3 innings over three starts, will be pushed back one day, now starting Tuesday against the New York Mets. Rubby De La Rosa will start Monday, on regular (four days) rest.

Mattingly said Lilly has had elbow tenderness, and hasn't been able to throw his usual bullpen session in between starts, for his last three to four outings. Pushing Lilly back a day allows him to try and get a bullpen session in before Tuesday, to "work on some things," per Mattingly. Lilly has allowed four home runs in his last three starts.

Shortstop Rafael Furcal arrived in Anaheim today, and will be activated before Sunday's game. Dee Gordon is expected to be optioned to Triple A Albuquerque to make room for Furcal, though Mattingly wouldn't comment on the move before tonight's game. "It's somebody's last supper tonight, and they don't need to know that before the game," Mattingly said.

For more Dodgers news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Angels Vs. Dodgers: Saturday Starting Lineups

The Angels and Dodgers will likely treat us to another pitchers duel on Saturday night, the second game of a three-game series at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Jered Weaver starts for the Angels, against Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers, in a rematch of last Sunday at Dodger Stadium, a game won by the Dodgers with two runs in the ninth inning, 3-2. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Dodgers (37-46)

Tony Gwynn Jr. LF
Casey Blake 3B
Andre Ethier RF
Matt Kemp CF
James Loney 1B
Aaron Miles 2B
Trent Oeltjen DH
Dioner Navarro C
Dee Gordon SS

Angels (42-41)

Maicer Izturis 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Bobby Abreu DH
Vernon Wells RF
Howie Kendrick LF
Mark Trumbo 1B
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Peter Bourjos CF
Jeff Mathis C

Tonight's 6:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised on both Fox Sports West (Angels) and KCAL (Dodgers). For more news and information on tonight's game, or on the two teams, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs Halos Heaven and True Blue LA.

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Jered Weaver, Clayton Kershaw Duel For Second Time In A Week As Dodgers Battle Angels In Anaheim

After splitting their first four battles this season, the Angels and Dodgers resume their series Saturday night with a rematch of last Sunday's pitchers duel, featuring a pair of likely All-Stars in Jered Weaver and Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers won in dramatic fashion when these two dueled on Sunday, scoring two runs in the ninth inning for a 3-2 win. The Dodgers also captured the opener in Anaheim Friday night 5-0, behind an offense that produced 21 baserunners, and seven strong innings by Hiroki Kuroda.

Weaver is 9-4 with a 1.97 ERA this season. He has allowed one run or less in 10 of his 17 starts this season, and has allowed eight total runs in his last seven starts. Weaver has made just six of his 17 starts at home this season, where he is 3-1 with a 2.23 ERA. He has allowed one home run in 44 1/3 innings in Anaheim this season.

Kershaw has two consecutive complete games, and has three complete games in his last six starts. He is 8-3 with a 2.93 ERA on the season, and leads the National League in strikeouts with 128, only two behind Justin Verlander for the major league lead.

Tony Gwynn Jr. had three hits and three walks for the Dodgers on Friday night, and has 10 hits in his last 20 at-bats. Aaron Miles had four hits and a walk, and he has been even hotter, with 29 hits in his last 59 at-bats. Howie Kendrick led the Angels Friday night with two hits, and in his career is hitting .380/.389/.535 against the Dodgers.

Tonight's 6:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised on both Fox Sports West (Angels) and KCAL (Dodgers). For more news and information on tonight's game, or on the two teams, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs Halos Heaven and True Blue LA.

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