Manager Mike Scioscia will maximize his use of ace Jered Weaver in the final month of the season, keeping the right-hander on regular rest despite three off days in September so Weaver can make seven more starts beginning with Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners.

The schedule will enable Weaver to start the opener of a three-game series against American League West-leading Texas at home on Sept. 18, the opener of a three-game series against the Rangers in Texas on Sept. 28 and the regular-season finale in Seattle on Oct. 3.

Weaver, who is 16-3 with a 2.85 earned-run average and has held opponents to an American League-low .210 average, would not have to pitch on short rest. And if the Angels clinch a wild-card spot by the last game of the season, Scioscia would hold Weaver back to start the one-game wild-card playoff game.

"It's gonna take more than Jered for us to reach our goals," Scioscia said. "But the way Weav lines up right now, he's got the maximum number of starts he can get, and we'd have some flexibility on that last day of the season."