His Los Angeles Angels hope there's at least one high-priced first baseman on the field in Anaheim.
Albert Pujols is aiming to return as the Angels look to follow a sweep of the Red Sox by ending a seven-game home skid against Boston.
Weaver (16-3, 2.74 ERA) will face Clay Buchholz again after their matchup Wednesday proved to be no contest. The Angels ace allowed two runs over seven innings at Fenway Park, while his teammates got seven runs and 12 hits off Buchholz in a 7-3 victory.
Pujols, though, left that game with an injured right calf and hasn't played since. The Angels finished their sweep in Boston with a wild 14-13, 10-inning win Thursday, but they totaled seven runs while dropping two of three in Detroit over the weekend without their superstar slugger, who is batting .387 with four homers and 10 RBIs in his last eight games.
"When Albert is ready to play, he's going to play," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're not holding him out to get him ready for the stretch. If he was available and could play, he would be playing."
The Angels (66-62) are already feeling some urgency as they try to stay within striking distance of a wild-card spot in the AL. They're chasing Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Oakland and the Tigers.
Losing seven of nine at home has not helped matters, especially with Weaver suffering two of those defeats. The right-hander was 14-1 with a 1.45 ERA in his previous 21 outings in Anaheim before his back-to-back home losses.
His most recent performance there - he allowed nine runs in three-plus innings Aug. 17 against Tampa Bay - looks like an extreme aberration. Weaver has been sharp against Boston at home, posting a 1.80 ERA in seven starts including postseason while allowing two runs or fewer in each.
The Red Sox, though, haven't lost in Anaheim since dropping the first two games of their 2009 AL division series there en route to being swept in their most recent playoff appearance.
Boston (62-67) begins a nine-game West Coast trip after shipping three of its highest-paid players to California. The Red Sox sent Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to the Dodgers along with Nick Punto over the weekend, turning toward the future amid a massively disappointing season.
They also won't have David Ortiz on this trip after the designated hitter went back on the disabled list Monday, although he hopes to return this season after getting an injection for his strained right Achilles.
He also said he wants to be back with the Red Sox in 2013.
"For years I always keep telling everyone I want to be part of this organization," he said. "This is what I know. I know we've had a lot of injuries this year. I know how hard it's been."
Boston is also hoping Buchholz (11-4, 4.47) can help anchor the rotation next year.
The right-hander is trying to bounce back after a rare rocky outing. He had been 7-1 with a 2.19 ERA in his previous 12 starts before getting roughed up by the Angels, and he's 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA in his last six road starts.
Reliever Alfredo Aceves is expected to rejoin the Red Sox in Anaheim following a three-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, although it's unclear if he'll regain the closer role with Andrew Bailey healthy.
|Boston Red Sox|
|August 25, 2012||David Ortiz||15-Day DL||Aggravated right Achilles strain|
|August 25, 2012||Daniel Nava||15-Day DL||Sprained left wrist|
|August 20, 2012||Carl Crawford||Day-to-Day||Left elbow surgery|
|August 20, 2012||Carl Crawford||15-Day DL||Left elbow surgery - out for season|
|August 11, 2012||Will Middlebrooks||15-Day DL||Broken right wrist - out for season|
|August 10, 2012||Felix Doubront||15-Day DL||Right knee contusion|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|August 22, 2012||Albert Pujols||Day-to-Day||Left game - right calf tightness|
|August 19, 2012||Peter Bourjos||15-Day DL||Sore right wrist|
|August 13, 2012||C.J. Wilson||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised left hand|
|July 30, 2012||Mark Trumbo||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|July 30, 2012||Dan Haren||Day-to-Day||Back stiffness|
|July 29, 2012||Scott Downs||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels were two outs from falling another game behind in the AL wild-card race.
A stirring rally against Boston's beleaguered closer showed the Angels aren't giving up the chase just yet.
Mike Trout and Torii Hunter drove in runs in the ninth inning against Alfredo Aceves , and the Angels came back for a 6-5 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Trout drove in the tying run with a broken-bat single and Hunter ended it with a long sacrifice fly to center, easily scoring Alberto Callaspo . The Angels ran onto the field to celebrate their first home victory over Boston in eight games since July 2010, making a bit more progress in a season that's in danger of slipping away without a whole bunch of wins in a hurry.
"As long as we get in there, that's fine, but we still want to win the division no matter what," Hunter said. "That's still the priority. We've got 30 more games, so we're just going out there every day and grinding. We didn't give up tonight. They got a lead early, but we kept grinding and got it done."
The Angels appeared to be headed to their third straight loss until they jumped on Aceves (2-9) in his second inning of work following a three-game suspension for apparently arguing with manager Bobby Valentine , who had few options left in his overworked bullpen.
Aceves blew his eighth save after returning to the Red Sox following an apparent blowup at Valentine when he was passed over for a save opportunity in favor of Andrew Bailey , who was unavailable Tuesday after pitching in four of the previous five games. Aceves had no problems in the eighth after relieving Clay Buchholz , who outpitched Angels ace Jered Weaver over the first seven innings.
Erick Aybar stole second after getting hit with a one-out pitch in the ninth, and pinch-hitter Callaspo walked before Trout's tying single.
"I was just trying to stay up the middle and shorten up my swing," said Trout, who also opened the game with his 25th homer. "I knew my bat broke, but it just found a hole."
Kevin Jepsen (3-2) pitched the ninth for Los Angeles.
Buchholz pitched seven resilient innings of six-hit ball, retiring 16 of 17 early on in the opener of Boston's nine-game West Coast road swing. Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered and drove in two runs, and James Loney drove in a run in his third straight game with Boston since arriving in last week's megatrade with the Dodgers.
"It's tough. You never want to lose a game in the bottom of the ninth," Buchholz said after Aceves' loss erased what would have been his 12th win. "The pitch he made that tied the game was a pretty good pitch. You can't ever second-guess him. He's throwing the pitches he wants to throw."
Aceves didn't speak to reporters after the game, keeping his cellphone firmly to his ear while getting dressed and leaving the clubhouse.
Weaver yielded seven hits and five runs over seven innings, but his teammates' ninth-inning rally spared him the first three-game home skid of his major league career. He gave up three runs in the fourth inning during a Boston rally that began with four singles and a walk.
"We'll take any win right now," Weaver said. "These guys battled back, and we were able to get some runs late. It was nice to come back like that. It's great for momentum, especially when we're only going to have three here at home before we go on the road."
Trout hit his second career leadoff home run and Albert Pujols hit his 29th homer for the Angels, who kept pace with AL wild-card leaders Oakland and Baltimore. Howie Kendrick extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI double in the sixth, and Los Angeles won its fourth straight over Boston after sweeping a series at Fenway Park last week.
After finishing the Angels' road trip in a 1-for-13 slump, Trout hit Buchholz's second pitch near the fake rock pile behind Angel Stadium's center-field fence. The 21-year-old phenom became the youngest Angels player and first rookie to get 25 homers and 40 stolen bases in a season.
Pujols singled later in the first in his return to the lineup following a four-game absence to rest a sore right calf. Saltalamacchia replied in the second with his 22nd homer, putting a hanging curve into the elevated stands above right field.
Buchholz finally stumbled in the sixth when Pujols drove a homer off the rock pile and Mark Trumbo scored from first base on Kendrick's two-out double in the gap.
NOTES: Los Angeles put reliever Scott Downs on the family medical emergency list and recalled Kole Calhoun from Triple-A Salt Lake. ... Boston put LHP Franklin Morales on the 15-day disabled list. ... Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Kyla Ross threw out the first pitch. The 15-year-old Ross attends Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, Calif., a short drive from Angel Stadium. She was part of the Fierce Five that won the U.S. team gold in London.