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April 22, 2007 at 4:06 PM

Angels 6, Mariners 1, final

A demoralized group of Mariners just trudged out of here to catch their flight to Dallas, which I have to do in five minutes (catching 6:18 p.m. flight out of Los Angeles — it’s a drive from here). Turns out Weaver indeed wasn’t hurt. Mike Hargrove just figured he had a better chance of winning the game without the guy being paid $8.3 million to start. That’s quite an admission, though Hargrove says Weaver will get another go his next scheduled turn.
“He’d given up seven hits and three runs in three innings and I didn’t see it getting any better,” Hargrove said. “And the way we’ve been going and scoring runs late, I just didn’t want to put the ballclub in the hole any more than we already were that early in the game.”
Weaver declined to be interviewed, telling a team spokesman it would not be a good idea. He’s likely embarassed and fuming. Saw him standing around in a clubhouse corridor, talking with local friends and family, and he did not look happy.
GM Bill Bavasi expects to see Weaver make some adjustments. Bavasi also says the team can’t afford to take an “it’s just April” approach because, even though, at 5-9, the club is still only two games back of the division leaders.
“Every game’s important,” he said. “If you’re tied for the division lead, it doesn’t always come down to the month of September.”
Adrian Beltre was miffed as he headed to the team bus.
“It was frustrating because we lost,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how we lose. Nobody wants to come here and lose three games in a row. Now we’ve lost six in a row and it’s not fun. It’s not our hitting, it’s not our pitching. Everybody’s into it. We have to start playing better.”

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