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OAK@LAA: Weaver fans eight over 6 2/3 scoreless

Remember the last time Jered Weaver faced Minnesota at Angel Stadium? The Twins sure do.

The Angels' ace tossed a no-hitter, allowing just one walk while striking out nine in the best outing of his eight-year career.

The Halos could certainly use a start like that one right about now, as they look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Twins on Wednesday afternoon. They've dropped three straight and now trail the first-place A's by 11 games.

Opposite Weaver will be Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey, who "grinded" -- in his own words -- in his start against Cleveland on Friday. Still, he managed to limit the Indians to two runs on four hits, and the Twins rallied to win as Pelfrey didn't factor into the decision.

But in Pelfrey's mind, he shouldn't be throwing 113 pitches without making it through the sixth.

"More than anything, the starting pitching, if we can consistently get through six innings and get it over to the bullpen, I think we will be a lot better off," Pelfrey said.

Minnesota won its third consecutive series with Tuesday night's 10-3, 10-inning victory. Following a 1-11 start to the month, the Twins have now won six of their last seven contests.

"We had a really rough stretch there, so winning a couple against the Yankees was huge and winning a couple at home was, too," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "So we're just going to keep trying to win series, and these guys are getting after it pretty good."

As for the Angels, at this point in the season, there isn't much room for error. Manager Mike Scioscia is hopeful his club can begin to piece together the same type of turnaround that the cross-town rival Dodgers have during the past month or so.

"If you compare it to what we've done, we've shown stretches of that," Scioscia said. But [we] haven't been able to lock in on a consistent basis, as they've obviously hit their stride, and that's what we're searching for."

Weaver is 7-2 lifetime against the Twins with a 3.58 ERA. He dominated the A's in his most recent start on Friday, and has been sharp for the past month despite some early season struggles. In his past five starts, Weaver has allowed one run or fewer, while lasting into the seventh, four times.

Twins: Mauer attending birth of twins
• Catcher Joe Mauer will miss Wednesday afternoon's contest to attend the birth of his twins. (Yes, you heard that right: twins for a Twin.)

Catcher Drew Butera is considered the most likely to be called up from Triple-A Rochester to take Mauer's place on the roster. Butera is hitting .224 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in Rochester.

Mauer flew back to Minnesota before Tuesday's game and was a late scratch from the starting lineup.

Angels: Inflammation in Hamilton's ankle
• An MRI on the right ankle of Angels slugger Josh Hamilton showed inflammation that could keep him out for a few games. But the Halos outfielder said he isn't worried about anything long-term.

"I don't have any concern," said Hamilton, who is hitting .223 with 14 homers this season. "Usually you know when something is wrong, and I don't have any inclination that it is. It should be good in a couple of days."

The Angels have won 13 consecutive games in which Hamilton has notched an RBI.

Worth noting
• In 28 lifetime at-bats against Weaver, Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is hitting just .208.

• Despite a 4.95 career ERA against them, Pelfrey has won all three of his starts versus the Angels.

• The Twins are 4-0 against the Halos this year -- enough to clinch the season series. Since 2003, Minnesota has won just one other season series against the Angels -- in '10.

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