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Angels pitcher Jered Weaver reflects on 100th career victory

September 19, 2012|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Angels' Jered Weaver pitches against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on Tuesday.
Angels' Jered Weaver pitches against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium… (Jeff Gross / Getty Images )

Winning 300 games, an automatic ticket to the Hall of Fame, isn’t a goal for Angels ace Jered Weaver. After notching career win No. 100 in Tuesday night’s 11-3 victory over the Texas Rangers in Angel Stadium, the right-hander said winning 100 games wasn’t even one of his goals.

“I just take it win by win, and see where I end up,” Weaver said. “It’s unbelievable to even fathom 300 wins. The guys who have done it are pretty good. It would be great to match that, but I don’t see that happening.

“A lot of those guys pitched on three days' rest, and they pitched for 20 years. I don’t know know if my body is going to hold up for 15 or 20 years.”

Weaver’s focus right now is to help the Angels reach the playoffs, and his seven-inning, three-run, six-hit effort against the Rangers, which improved him to 18-4 with a 2.79 earned run average on the season, helped the Angels move to within 6 1/2 games of Texas in the American League West with 14 games to play.

But the Angels still remain three games behind Baltimore for the second wild-card spot after the Orioles scored two runs in the top of the ninth to tie Seattle on Tuesday night and two more in the top of the 18th well after midnight for a 4-2 victory over the Mariners.

“It’s great from an individual standpoint,” Weaver said of the 100-win mark, “but I have a long way to go. It’s an honor to do it in an Angels uniform. I hope these fans get to see 200 more wins. But I’m a team guy. I’m just trying to win games and hope to keep it rolling.”

Weaver, who grew up in Simi Valley and played college ball at Long Beach State, is only the sixth pitcher to win 100 games with the club. He has a career record of 100-51 in seven seasons and has been the team’s top starter for three years.

“He’s off to a great start in his career,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He puts himself in a great position every time he takes the ball to pitch deep into games and give us a chance to win. I’m looking forward to the next 100 wins.”


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