Weaver hurls no-hitter, Angels embarrass Twins 9-0

Associated Press Modified: May 3, 2012 at 8:16 am •  Published: May 3, 2012
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Weaver (4-0) is a lanky, blond California native who played at Long Beach State and passed on free agency last summer to sign a new five-year deal to stay with the Angels. After mowing down the Twins all night, he began the ninth inning by quickly retiring Jamey Carroll on a routine fly and striking out Span looking.

Although Weaver refused to look when Plouffe's liner went foul, figuring the crowd's reaction would tell him if his no-hitter was gone, the Angels' ace watched Hunter make the final catch. Weaver put his hands to his head in excitement as the Angels rushed out to mob him, led by high-stepping pitching coach Mike Butcher.

"Spiderman out there. I knew he had a bead on it," Weaver said of Hunter. "Casilla put a charge in it and Spiderman tracked it down."

Weaver hugged his wife and his parents, who joined him in a crying session on the field. Weaver's father, Dave, who coached both Jered and his brother Jeff in Little League and youth ball, attends every home start in a seat behind home plate.

"I was locked in for the most part," he said. "My mom, dad, wife, this was awesome. This is why I stayed here, for you guys. This is awesome."

Weaver will soon get a chance to do it again against the Twins — his next start is scheduled for Monday at Minnesota.

This was the second Angels no-hitter in less than a year — Ervin Santana pitched one July 27 at Cleveland — and the 10th for the Angels franchise, including four by Ryan.

Weaver threw 121 pitches, and the cheers from the crowd of 27,288 kept growing louder.

"Fastball command was good. Able to fill up the zone get some early strikes," Weaver said.

"This is so surreal," he said. "I can't even believe this."

The no-hitter was the highlight for a 29-year-old pitcher who has already compiled quite a resume. Weaver finished second in the AL Cy Young voting last year after going 18-8 with a 2.41 ERA. He and winner Justin Verlander were the only pitchers listed on every ballot.

Kendrys Morales and Howie Kendrick homered to back Weaver, not that he needed much support. Los Angeles got its season back on track with a three-game sweep of the Twins, improving to 10-15.

It was the first time the Angels had back-to-back complete game wins since 1993 when Chuck Finley and Mark Langston did it.

NOTES: Kendrick hit his fourth homer of the season and drove in three runs. ... Albert Pujols went 1 for 5, failing to homer again.



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