There was nothing wrong with the Angels that Jered Weaver couldn't fix.
At a time of uncertainty, Weaver gave his team exactly what it needed Monday night. There is no way to fully measure what he means to the Angels-- and what his presence in the rotation will mean over the final weeks of the season -- but he proved again why he's the Angels' ace and why they'll need him if they hope to advance to the postseason.
On the final leg of a challenging three-city, 10-game trip, Weaver offered one of his most commanding performances of the summer -- and not just because he beat the Oakland A's 4-0. As much as a win, the Angels needed someone to pitch deep into a game to give their bullpen a much-needed night off, and that's what they got.
Weaver pitched a four-hit, complete-game shutout over the A's, but more important, he made sure the team's weary relievers weren't needed. Closer Ernesto Frieri was warming up in the bullpen in the ninth, but Weaver retired the side in order.
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