One day after the Angels formally were eliminated from the American League playoff race, manager Mike Scioscia went to Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver and asked them to take a seat for the season's final two games. They had done enough in 2011, as far as Scioscia was concerned. He scratched Santana from Tuesday's start against the AL West champion Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium and Weaver from tonight's regular-season finale. Tyler Chatwood replaced Santana and fellow rookie right-hander Garrett Richards will start in place of Weaver. The Angels lost to the Rangers 10-3 after Chatwood gave up four runs and seven hits in only 2 2/3 innings. Mike Napoli, a former Angels catcher, homered twice for the Rangers. There was nothing at stake for the Angels after the Rangers eliminated them from wild-card contention with a 4-3 victory Monday, but Weaver could have been in contention for the AL earned-run average championship. It will end with Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers winning the title with a 2.40 ERA, however. Weaver, who will finish with a career-best 2.41 ERA, could have passed Verlander by recording just four outs tonight against the Rangers. "There is a little something that's out there, but I'm not into the individual goals or the individual numbers," Weaver said. "The only way I would have gone back out there is if I was sitting on 19 (victories). Getting 20 would have been a pretty cool."
Angels coasting to finish line
L.A. Daily News | Sep 28