ANAHEIM In the ninth inning Friday night, with the game finally well in hand, Angels starter Jered Weaver was ready to keep pitching.
But manager Mike Scioscia did the right thing. He told Weaver no way.
"He's got a lot of starts to go," Scioscia said. "We wanted him to come out of the first one feeling good, and he did."
On their opening night, the Angels rode Weaver to a 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium. For all the buzz about their newest player, Albert Pujols, the Angels relied on an old hand to get their first win of the season.
This is nothing new. Weaver won 18 games last season, 13 the year before that and 16 in 2009. He's steady, confident and seemingly always in control. When you come to see him pitch, you expect nothing less than a striking performance.
Weaver expects it from himself. That's why he wanted to keep going after throwing 97 pitches and getting five runs from his offense in the eighth inning. Most pitchers gladly hand the game to ...