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Angels’ Jered Weaver aims to give battered bullpen a break

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The Angels bullpen is in desperate need of a break after Sunday’s wild, 13-inning loss to the Kansas City Royals in which they used all seven of their relievers, the first time they’ve done that since April 2002. So it’s a good thing they’re handing the ball to Jered Weaver on Tuesday against the Rays.

Weaver went 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his first outing in Kansas City, allowing just two hits. It was Weaver’s 28th quality start since opening day last year, the second-best total in baseball behind only Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez of Seattle.

What’s more, all five of Weaver’s career starts against Tampa Bay have been quality outings, resulting in a 3-1 record and 2.45 ERA.

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