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Weaver, Kuroda Highlight Weekend Series Wins For Angels, Dodgers

The Angels and Dodgers both won series over the weekend, and the dominant story lines to come out of each series was stellar pitching. Jered Weaver is off to an amazing start to his 2011 season, including a gem on Sunday. The Dodgers used a scoreless streak in San Diego to take their series at Petco Park.

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Jered Weaver quietly led all of baseball in strikeouts in 2010, but took that to a new level on Sunday. In the series finale with Toronto, Weaver set a new career high with 15 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Weaver is the first in baseball to three wins, and he has a sparkling 0.87 ERA. No Angel pitcher had 15 strikeouts in a game since Chuck Finley in 1995. In fact, Weaver's was just the 29th ever 15-strikeout game by an Angel. Nolan Ryan had 19 of those games, the last in 1979. Since then, the only 15-strikeout games by Angels have been by Mike Witt, Finley (twice), and Weaver.

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In San Diego, Hiroki Kuroda had the performance of the weekend for the Dodgers, pitching 8 2/3 scoreless innings on Saturday against the Padres. The Dodgers also closed out Friday's crazy, rain-suspended and oft-delayed game with stellar relief pitching, and at one point during the series pitched 17 consecutive scoreless innings against the Padres.

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