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Weaver shuts out Tribe through seven frames

Jered Weaver has quickly returned to form since coming off the disabled list, going 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA, allowing just one run on 13 hits.

"That's the job of the pitchers -- to throw up some zeros and keep your team in ballgames," Weaver said after his last start. "I've been able to do that, and it's nice to be able to get extended. No 80-pitch count anymore. It was nice to get back out there with a full pitch count."

He'll try and make it four straight wins on Saturday against the Orioles at Angel Stadium. However, the All-Star right-hander will have some stiff competition.

That's because Jason Hammel will be on the hill for Baltimore. While Hammel fell short in his bid to make the All-Star team, coming in third as a Final Vote candidate, he's been a pleasant surprise for the Orioles this season.

The team's best starter this year, Hammel is 8-4 with a 3.43 ERA. However, the right-hander has lost his last two starts.

On Monday against the Mariners, Hammel lasted 6 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs on seven hits. He struck out eight and walked two in the loss.

"You'd like to carry some momentum into the All-Star break, obviously," Hammel said after his last start. "It's definitely frustrating for me because I did pitch so well."

Orioles: Roberts may need surgery on hip
After an MRI exam of second baseman Brian Roberts' right hip on Thursday showed a labrum tear, manager Buck Showalter said Friday that Roberts will seek a second opinion on the injury in Atlanta.

Surgery would be one of the options for Roberts, who was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday with a sore groin and mentioned his hip issues to the Orioles after that.

"I traded texts with him back and forth. [He's] obviously a little depressed about the physical issue," Showalter said. "We were hoping to get better news.

"I feel sorry for Brian, he worked so hard to get back to this point, to have something else crop up, it's frustrating for him."

Angels: Hurley called up
The Halos called up right-hander Eric Hurley on Friday to fill the roster spot of Garrett Richards, who was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday.

An extra arm for an overworked bullpen, Hurley went 7-7 with a 5.38 ERA in 17 starts for Salt Lake this season.

It is the first time Hurley has been in the big leagues since he started five games with the Rangers in 2008.

"I think Eric is an interesting guy and he'll help us in the bullpen right now," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He had a rough spring for us, but he made some adjustments. He's a guy that's been pitching well for the last month in Triple-A. He's got some length in him."

Worth noting
• The Orioles are over .500 against the American League East (17-15), the AL Central (10-6) and National League (11-7), but just 7-10 against the AL West this season.

• The Orioles optioned Thursday's starter, Jake Arrieta, to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday and are expected to activate infielder/outfielder Steve Tolleson prior to Saturday's game.

• Injured Angels right-hander Jerome Williams, who has been on the DL since June 20 while recovering from respiratory problems, made what should be his final rehab start on Friday night at Triple-A Salt Lake. He gave up six runs (five earned) in two innings in his first rehab outing on Sunday. Comments