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Angels look to chase the clouds away

September 17, 2011 |  3:11 pm


If the Angels had a sense that a black cloud has been following them since they left home last weekend, you couldn't have proven them wrong Saturday. In fact, a lot of black clouds -- or at least gray ones -- were hovering over Baltimore all afternoon, with some dropping a light rain at times.

The rain, which never got strong enough for the grounds crew to pull out the tarp, was supposed to pass by game time, although the wind chill is expected to drop into the 50s. When the Angels were last in Baltimore in July, the heat index hit 120 degrees.

Ervin Santana will start Saturday for the Angels, who have lost three of five games on their road trip and have just a dozen games left to make up a 3 1/2-game deficit on the Texas Rangers in the American League West. Manager Mike Scioscia confirmed that right-hander Jered Weaver will get the ball on three days' rest in the series finale Sunday. Weaver has started on short rest just one other time in his career, giving up a seven runs in six innings in an August loss to Texas. Overall, Weaver is 3-2 with a 4.84 ERA in his last seven starts. Before that, Weaver was 14-5 with a 1.78 ERA.

The lineups:


3B -- Maicer Izturis

CF -- Peter Bourjos

2B -- Howie Kendrick

DH -- Torii Hunter

1B -- Mark Trumbo

LF -- Vernon Wells

RF -- Mike Trout

SS -- Erick Aybar

C -- Bobby Wilson

P -- Ervin Santana

Baltimore Orioles

CF -- Matt Angle

SS -- J.J. Hardy

RF -- Nick Markakis

DH -- Vladimir Guerrero

C -- Matt Wieters

3B -- Chris Davis

1B -- Mark Reynolds

LF -- Nolan Reimold

2B -- Robert Andino

P -- Zach Britton

-- Kevin Baxter, reporting from Baltimore

Photo: Angels starter Ervin Santana works against the Toronto Blue Jays last month. Credit: Darren Calabrese / Associated Press