06/15/07 10:50 PM ET
Notes: Away game feels like home
Dodger Stadium sparks memories for many Halos
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
Weaver in tune: A couple of trips to chiropractors in Anaheim and in Cincinnati have Jered Weaver feeling good for his start against the Dodgers on Saturday. Weaver aggravated a lower back ailment in St. Louis in his previous outing, lasting only three innings even though he felt he could have gone longer.What Weaver learned was that hamstring tightness was causing the lower back to lock up, meaning he needs to be more conscientious with his stretching to keep the hamstring stretched out. Weaver, who went 6 2/3 innings to beat the Dodgers in Anaheim on May 19, grew up a Dodgers fan in Simi Valley, Calif., getting his first autograph from Ron Cey. Emulating Mike Scioscia, the man who would become his manager, Jered was a catcher then -- as hard to imagine as that might be in view of his slender 6-foot-7 frame. Home sweet home: Garret Anderson and Shea Hillenbrand also grew up in the L.A. area, Anderson in a variety of locales, Hillenbrand in Arcadia. Playing in Dodger Stadium carries special meaning to them, as well as to Matthews and Weaver. "This is my home park," Anderson said, brightly. "I like playing here. There's a lot of history in this ballpark. First time I came to a game here was 1984, I think. The Cardinals came in with all that speed, and it was a 1-0 game. I sat in that top deck behind home plate." Hillenbrand, unable to take his DH swings in National League parks, enjoyed the atmosphere nonetheless. He homered twice for Boston in 2003 in the first game he played in Dodger Stadium, a park he frequented often as a huge fan of Steve Sax, Scioscia and that group. "Oh, yeah, a lot of great memories here," Hillenbrand said, grinning. "We used to sit way up in the top section, the blue seats." Izturis questionable: Maicer Izturis was in uniform and with the club on Friday night, but Scioscia said it's "longer than day-to-day" for the versatile infielder's return to the club. Izturis, sidelined by a tight right hamstring, felt "a tug in his back" during a rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake and had an MRI exam, but Scioscia didn't have the diagnosis.
"I just want to get back and play," Izturis said.Up next: Weaver (5-3, 4.14 ERA) faces right-hander Jason Schmidt (1-3, 6.43) on Saturday at 12:55 p.m. PT at Dodger Stadium.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.