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Preview: Rangers (56-91) at Angels (92-55)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Date: June 21, 2014 7:15 PM EDT
  

A return home seemed to cure the Los Angeles Angels' offense of its recent sluggishness.

Likewise, Jered Weaver has struggled lately, but he hopes Angel Stadium remains a personal haven against the Texas Rangers.

Weaver looks to stay unbeaten at home versus Texas on Saturday night.

The Angels (39-33) had dropped five of seven, and while they totaled 20 runs in their two victories, they managed just 13 in the defeats, with the final four coming on the road.

Four players recorded two hits each and six scored at least one run in Friday's 7-3 victory over the Rangers, their 12th in 15 home games and just their fourth win in their last 18 matchups with Texas.

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"It's a good bounce-back game," said manager Mike Scioscia, whose club lost in 10 innings at Cleveland on Thursday on a walkoff grand slam. "We had a tough game and a long flight, but we came back with a lot of energy."

The win came despite an 0-for-3 night for Mike Trout, who came in batting .407 with 26 RBIs over his previous 23 contests, including a 13-game hitting streak.

However, he's just 2 for 20 in his last seven matchups with the Rangers with 11 strikeouts.

Weaver (7-6, 3.67 ERA) is 9-0 with a 2.28 ERA in 14 career home starts versus Texas, including a 6-0 mark with a 1.48 ERA in the last seven. He recorded his 100th career victory the last time he faced them at Angel Stadium, allowing three runs over seven innings in an 11-3 win on Sept. 18, 2012.

Weaver's nine wins are the most by any active pitcher against one club at home without any losses.

However, the right-hander also hadn't lost in nine career starts at Cleveland before giving up four runs over six innings in Monday's 4-3 defeat. Three of those runs came on two homers as he fell to 1-3 with a 5.79 in his last four starts. He's failed to complete more than six innings in five games since going the distance against Houston on May 21.

The 1.3 homers allowed per nine innings is the highest rate of Weaver's career, surpassing his 1.1 mark from 2009.

"It's no secret I just can't stay away from the home run ball," he said. "It's been killing me lately and it was the difference in the game again tonight."

The Rangers (35-38) have lost four of five and starting pitchers have completed 6 1-3 innings or fewer in 14 of the club's last 16 games. Joe Saunders gave up seven runs - four earned - in just 4 2-3 innings Friday.

Shin-Soo Choo is 3 for 9 over his last two games but is still batting just .141 over his last 22 contests. He had been hitting .306 on the season prior to that stretch.

"As long as he can go out there, I'm going to put him out there," manager Ron Washington told the team's official website. "I'm figuring he's going to find it again."

Washington will give the ball to Nick Martinez (1-4, 4.44), who posted an 11.08 ERA in a three-start span after giving up eight runs in two innings against Cleveland on June 9.

Martinez turned in a better performance Sunday at Seattle, yielding two runs over six innings, but still suffered his third straight loss in a 5-1 defeat.

"I felt good out there and felt like I got back on track, commanding all my pitches today," he said.

The rookie threw 2 2-3 scoreless innings of relief in Texas' 14-3 win over the Angels on May 4.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Rangers at Angels
Fri, Jun 20 Final 3 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Rangers at Angels
Sat, Jun 21 Final 2 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TEX  +180   -125   8.5 
 LAA  -200   +105   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TEX  +177   -115   8.5 
 LAA  -210   -105   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TEX  36%   55%   75% 
 LAA  64%   45%   25% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jun 20, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 3 Over: 10 
 LAA 7 Cover: +100 
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 May 4, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 14 Cover: +100 
 LAA 3 Over: 17 
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 May 3, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 3 Under: 8 
 LAA 5 Cover: +100 
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 May 2, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 5 Cover: +120 
 LAA 2 Under: 7 
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 Mar 4, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 4 Over: 11 
 LAA 7 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Saturday, Jun 21
 
    Orioles at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    White Sox at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Marlins
4:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Reds
4:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Cardinals
4:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Rockies
4:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Rays
4:10 PM EDT
    Tigers at Indians
7:15 PM EDT
    Braves at Nationals
7:15 PM EDT
    Pirates at Cubs
7:15 PM EDT
    Rangers at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Diamondbacks
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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