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LAA@TEX: Weaver on first 20-win season of career

Despite both teams being eliminated from playoff contention, Wednesday's season finale between the Angels and the Mariners at Safeco Field certainly won't be played for nothing.

Not with Angels ace Jered Weaver (20-4, 2.73 ERA) on the mound and Angels leadoff hitter Mike Trout causing havoc at the plate.

For Weaver, it's one last outing to make his case for the 2012 American League Cy Young Award. For the first time in his seven-year career, Weaver has won 20 games.

And he did it in his last start with a win against the Rangers, throwing seven innings of five-hit, two-run ball. It also marked his fourth straight victory.

"He's pitched the way you would expect an ace to pitch and he's having the type of year that a Cy Young winner has," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "And hopefully he'll be rewarded."

For Trout, it's about strengthening his already strong resume for AL Most Valuable Player consideration. The 21-year-old also has a fighting chance to prevent his main MVP opponent -- Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera -- from recording the first Triple Crown in 45 years.

Trout enters the game with a .323 batting average, within striking distance of Cabrera's .331, although it will take a stellar game to get there.

He'll be looking to do so against Mariners right-hander Blake Beavan.

Beavan has held Trout hitless in eight career at-bats. However, the Seattle starter is coming off his shortest outing of the second half. He managed only 4 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs before being pulled in Oakland on Friday.

"Blake was up," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "They hit a lot of balls hard. I didn't feel like we could take him any further. He was just kind of living on the edge there."

Beavan has been solid since being recalled from the Minors midseason. He is 7-5 with a 3.73 ERA and will be looking to make it a pitchers' duel Wednesday vs. the Halos.

Angels: Wilson to have surgery
• Left-hander C.J. Wilson revealed Monday night -- after the Halos were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs -- that he had been pitching with bone spurs in his pitching elbow for "the last couple months" and will undergo offseason surgery.

"I tried to make a million adjustments to get around it, to the point where now I'm standing on the first-base side, trying to get an angle because I can't throw sinkers anymore because my arm doesn't work right," he said.

Wilson went 9-5 with a 2.43 ERA in 18 first-half starts, but was 4-5 with a 5.54 post All-Star break. The news of his injury likely explains the sudden slump.

• Outfielder Torii Hunter was held out Tuesday after exiting Monday's game feeling light-headed. However, playing in the season finale wasn't ruled out.

Mariners: Fences being moved in at Safeco Field for 2013
• It probably doesn't come as good news to the pitching staff, but the outfield wall at Safeco Field -- considered a pitcher-friendly park due to its dimensions -- will be moved in from 4 to 17 feet at different points.

"Our goal is to create an environment here that won't punish pitching but will create a fair ballpark," general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday.

Assistant general manager Jeff Kingston was part of the committee studying the situation and said the results showed moving the fence in would've resulted in 30-40 more homers per season.

"We still think it's going to be on the pitching side of the spectrum," Kingston said. "Our approach all along was to make it more fair."

• It's been an injury-ridden season for center fielder Franklin Gutierrez. And it likely has come to an end as he missed his second straight game since leaving Sunday with a strained groin.

"Probably not going to see him again," Wedge told the media Tuesday.

Worth noting
• Weaver is a surprising 0-2 vs. Seattle with a 3.65 ERA in two starts this season. It's been catcher/DH Jesus Montero who has accounted for most of the damage, going 4-for-6 with three homers off Weaver.

• Beavan is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two starts vs. the Halos this year. Comments