Jered Weaver takes the ball for the Angels on Sunday, as they look to end their six-game East Coast swing with their third win of the trip.
Weaver is trying to regain his footing after allowing a season-worst six earned runs during his last start. The right-hander gave up seven hits and walked four in his five innings against the Orioles on Tuesday.
"It's just one of the few games where Weave was really out of sync," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after the outing. "I don't know if Weave ever got settled in and felt good about repeating pitches."
The start against the Orioles was unlike Weaver as of late, and in his three prior starts he surrendered six earned runs in 21 innings (2.57 ERA). Weaver, who is 11-6 with a 3.62 ERA and 1.157 WHIP, will be making his 24th start of the season. That matches his total from 2013 when he missed nearly two months with a broken left elbow.
Jake Odorizzi will start for the Rays, and he's allowed more than two earned runs just once in his last nine starts.
Odorizzi has looked like a different pitcher than the one who had a ERA near six after his first seven appearances. But in the last nine times he's taken the mound, the 24-year-old righty has a 2.25 ERA, 1.036 WHIP and .198 opposing batting average.
"First off, he had to battle just to get the spot [in the rotation]," Rays manager Joe Maddon said of Odorizzi. "He's an entirely different pitcher than we saw at the beginning of the season. Much more fastball heavy. Less breaking ball. I thought he was more breaking ball, less fastball early. Now he's trusting his stuff. I think he has a better idea of what to do with what he has, and the execution's been much better."
Rays: Hanigan nearing Major League return
Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan went 1-for-2 and scored twice serving as the DH for Class A Advanced Charlotte on Saturday.
It was the third game at Charlotte for Hanigan, who has not played in the Majors since July 8 with a strained left oblique. Hanigan -- who had a single and drew a walk in three plate appearances during a rain-shortened contest -- is hitting .200 so far in his rehab stint. Maddon said where and when he goes next all depends on how Hanigan is feeling on a given day.
"I think from [head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield's] perspective, it's a day at a time," Maddon said. "He'll do this today. 'How do you feel? Is it more sore, less sore, whatever. Status quo.' And then make the determination on the next move. But Ronnie really wants to see how he feels after this, and then we set up the next moment."
In his first season with Tampa Bay, Hanigan is hitting .212 with four home runs and 27 RBIs in 61 games.
Angels: Hamilton gets start after bruising finger
Josh Hamilton played Saturday after taking a pitch off his left hand and bruising his middle finger in Friday night's win. He didn't see the results he would've liked, however, going 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts.
Hamilton, who played left field and hit in the cleanup spot for Scioscia's squad, tested the finger early on Saturday and felt good enough to play.
"When you get hurt, you're a little unsure until you wake up the next morning," Hamilton said. "Not a big difference, but it is what it is. I can grip the bat and throw the ball and do what I need to do."
• Fourteen players on the Rays active roster (56 percent) were acquired via trade.
• Even with Saturday's loss, the Angels still have clinched the season series with the Rays, winning four of the first six games.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.