Weaver was tagged for six runs and seven hits, two of them home runs, and he walked four and struck out three in 4 1/3 innings of a 6-4 loss to the
Weaver did not allow a hit and struck out four in the first three innings, but the Royals hammered him the second time through the order, scoring five runs on six hits, including
In his first two starts of 2015, against Seattle and Kansas City, Weaver, who went 18-9 with a 3.59 earned-run average last season, has allowed 10 earned runs and 15 hits, including three homers, in 10 1/3 innings, leaving him 0-2 with an 8.71 ERA.
"This is really just a release-point issue with Weav right now," Scioscia said. "He'll figure it out. He always does. He's going to be fine."
Weaver was one out away from limiting the Royals to one run in the fourth, but he gave up a two-out, two-run single to
"Perez swung through two changeups — maybe I threw one too many — but there was more than one pitch that wasn't located right," Weaver said. "It was the same story as Seattle. I couldn't locate like I wanted to, I was falling behind, walking guys. Everything was up. I just wasn't very good. I have to figure it out."
The 6-foot-7 Weaver has a complicated delivery that is deceptive for hitters but relies heavily on timing and can be difficult to maintain.
"Trying to get it back in sync is high maintenance," Scioscia said. "He's working hard on it. He'll find it. He made some really good pitches tonight. The second time through the order, he made some mistakes."
Right fielder Kole Calhoun, who hit a solo homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the fifth, is not worried about the team's ace.