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Angels' Jered Weaver gives it a go but lasts only one inning

He starts with a regular lineup in an attempt to get his 21st win and bolster his Cy Young Award potential, but departs because of 'general fatigue' after giving up two runs and two hits.

October 03, 2012|By Mike DiGiovanna

SEATTLE -- Manager Mike Scioscia fielded his regular lineup Wednesday in an attempt to get Jered Weaver his 21st win and strengthen the right-hander's case for the American League Cy Young Award.

But Weaver lasted only one inning, allowing two runs and two hits in a 12-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, departing because of "general fatigue." Weaver took the loss and closed with a 20-5 record and 2.81 earned-run average.

"You know what? My body just kind of shut down," Weaver said. "I felt it in the bullpen. My shoulder wasn't feeling up to par. I wanted to give it a go, but I didn't want to push it and have something bad happen and go into the off-season worried. The best thing to do was shut it down."

Weaver has the third-lowest ERA in the league behind Tampa Bay's David Price (2.56) and Detroit's Justin Verlander (2.64), his primary Cy Young competition.

He has a league-low 1.02 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched), .215 batting average against and .266 on-base percentage against. He had 142 strikeouts and 45 walks in 188 2/3 innings. Price (20-5) could have an edge based on his strikeouts (205) and innings pitched (211).

"In my mind, Weaver is the Cy Young winner," Scioscia said. "If you break down what he's done for our team … he carried us for six weeks. We're not in playoff contention if it wasn't for what Jered did."

Parting gifts?

Right fielder Torii Hunter closed with a .313 average, 16 homers and 92 runs batted in. At 37, he's the oldest player since Baltimore's Bob Boyd (.318) in 1957 to hit .300 for the first time in his career.

"It's something I've always wanted to do," Hunter said. "It's very gratifying."

But will it be his last act as an Angel? Hunter's five-year, $90-million contract has expired. He wants to return, and the Angels want him back, but there are no guarantees, which is probably why several teammates asked Hunter to sign jerseys Wednesday.

"Guess they must know something I don't," Hunter joked. "Reality is setting in — I'm a free agent. I thought I'd retire here, but I know the business side of it, and if it doesn't work out, I had a lot of fun here. I appreciate the fans, the organization.

"Hopefully, we can get something done, but if not, I understand. They've got a lot of things they've got to clean up before they even think about offering me a deal. If I have to, I'll go elsewhere."

Short hops

Center fielder Peter Bourjos said he will not undergo surgery on his right hip as he once anticipated this off-season. He is also considering playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. … Reliever Jason Isringhausen, 40, on whether he will retire: "I'll get ready for spring training like usual. If no one calls, fine." … Second baseman Howie Kendrick grounded into his 26th double play Wednesday, second-most in the major leagues.

mike.digiovanna@latimes.com

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