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It looks like Weaver vs. Weaver in Saturday's Dodgers vs. Angels

June 17, 2009 |  5:14 pm

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As the Dodgers head to Anaheim Stadium for a three-game series beginning Friday night, all eyes will be turning to game No. 2, because it will feature Weaver against Weaver, the brothers Southern California baseball fans have come to love.

Dodgers Manager Joe Torre confirmed to LAT baseball writer Kevin Baxter that Jeff Weaver will take the mound Saturday afternoon, presuming he isn't needed out of the bullpen Friday night -- a game Chad Billingsley is scheduled to start for the boys in Blue. The Angels had already scheduled Jeff's younger brother, Jered, to take be on the mound Saturday. 

Jeff, now used primarily as a middle reliever by the Dodgers, is 3-1 with a 3.72 earned run average in 29 innings. 

Jered, of course, is one of the hottest pitchers in either league. He is 7-2 in more than 90 innings of work with a 2.08 ERA. Stay tuned to latimes.com/sports for Kevin's full Dodgers notebook, and Mike DiGiovanna's Angels notebook.

And from stat guru Dave Smith of retrosheet.org: The Weavers have never started against each other. The last time any brothers did was 2002 and it was Andy and Alan Benes.  In all of Major League history (going back to 1871), it has happened only 20 times, which I thought a surprisingly small total.  The Dodgers have been involved in two of the previous cases. Here is the full list:

09-06-2002     Alan Benes, CHN    Andy Benes, SLN 

08-29-1996     Ramon Martinez, LAN    Pedro Martinez, MON 

07-31-1988     Greg Maddux, CHN    Mike Maddux, PHI 

09-29-1986     Greg Maddux, CHN    Mike Maddux, PHI 

09-13-1982     Joe Niekro, HOU    Phil Niekro, ATL 

05-11-1980     Joe Niekro, HOU    Phil Niekro, ATL 

05-31-1979     Pat Underwood, DET    Tom Underwood, TOR 

09-26-1979     Joe Niekro, HOU    Phil Niekro, ATL 

09-26-1978     Joe Niekro, HOU    Phil Niekro, ATL 

05-29-1976     Joe Niekro, HOU    Phil Niekro, ATL 

07-03-1973     Jim Perry, DET    Gaylord Perry, CLE 

07-13-1969     Phil Niekro, ATL    Joe Niekro, SDN 

09-26-1969     Joe Niekro, SDN    Phil Niekro, ATL 

04-23-1968     Phil Niekro, ATL    Joe Niekro, CHN 

07-04-1967(1)  Joe Niekro, CHN    Phil Niekro, ATL 

06-25-1926     Virgil Barnes, NY1    Jess Barnes, BRO 

09-11-1926(2)  Jess Barnes, BRO    Virgil Barnes, NY1 

04-23-1925     Jess Barnes, BSN    Virgil Barnes, NY1 

06-26-1924     Jess Barnes, BSN    Virgil Barnes, NY1 

06-29-1924(1)  Jess Barnes, BSN    Virgil Barnes, NY1

-- Debbie Goffa

Left photo: Dodgers pitcher Jeff Weaver. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire. Right photo: Angels pitcher Jered Weaver. Credit: Jeff Gross / Getty Images

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