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MIN@LAA: Weaver hurls his first career no-hitter

Angels right-hander Jered Weaver takes the mound on Monday for the first time since no-hitting the Twins five days earlier and will face Minnesota.

Again.

The Twins, who have been shut out in three of their last five games, can't be too happy about that. And, to be honest, Weaver isn't exactly thrilled himself.

"It's my biggest pet peeve about being a pitcher. It's tough," Weaver said of facing the same team in consecutive starts. "Obviously, you face the same team twice, you have to pitch a little bit different, but it's hard to pitch different because you have to pitch to your strength, as well, and the opposing team will know that."

Weaver will be the first pitcher since Derek Lowe in 2002 to no-hit a team, then face the same club the next time out. Angels manager Mike Scioscia agreed with the right-hander that it isn't any pitcher's preference to face the same team back to back, but he doesn't think it will be an issue.

"There's always some cat and mouse that happens, but I don't think Weaver will overplay it," Scioscia said. "I think he's going to go pitch his game and see what those guys do."

Scott Ullger, who served as the Twins' manager while Ron Gardenhire attended his daughter's college graduation, said the team should be excited to see Weaver again, this time in their home confines of Target Field.

"I mean, I would want to be hungry to get back out there to try him again, but on a given night, if Weaver's on, he's tough," Ullger said. "Obviously, he pitches better at home, so maybe that will be a little advantage for us. He doesn't do as good on the road. I would want to be back out there against him."

Monday will be the third time this season Weaver faces the Twins, against whom he is 6-3, with a 3.73 ERA in 12 career starts.

Angels: Pujols powers up
• Angels slugger Albert Pujols went deep on Sunday for the first time this year, a span of 111 at-bats. The blast snapped the longest homer drought of Pujols' career.

• The three-game series beginning Monday is the third time the Angels and Twins have played one another this season and also the last. Scioscia, who is on Commissioner Bud Selig's committee for on-field matters, said the issue should be addressed in the offseason.

"There's got to be some schedule reform. There's going to be some realignment coming up next year, and I think you have to get in a much more balanced schedule," Scioscia said. "This schedule is very, very difficult to put together, just from the dynamics of our league and what's happening. It is what it is."

Twins: Liriano searching for quality
Left-hander Francisco Liriano (0-4, 9.97 ERA) takes the mound Monday in search of not only his first win, but also his first quality start. Liriano has given up at least four runs in all five of his outings, including his last time out against the Angels, when he allowed four on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Liriano has struggled against the Angels in his career, with his 7.48 ERA against them his highest against any team.

Worth noting
• After Lowe no-hit the Rays on April 27, 2002, he allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings in a no-decision the next time out.

• Angels batters are hitting a combined .344 against Liriano.

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