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LAA@CLE: Weaver strikes out eight over six innings

Coming off his worst start of the 2012 campaign, and perhaps his young career, Twins starter Liam Hendriks will try to turn his fortunes around Wednesday against the Angels.

The right-hander lasted just four innings against Boston on April 25, giving up seven runs on nine hits.

"I think I just gave the guys too much credit," said Hendriks. "I was trying to trick them a little bit too much and not play with my strengths of panning the zone.

"They didn't hit my two-seam fastball all that well. They got a couple of infield singles, but predominantly they were getting out on it. So I mistakenly just started throwing some off-speed stuff up there and tried to trick guys, instead of going straight after them like I usually do."

The Angels will counter with Jered Weaver. The two-time All-Star is 3-0 with 36 strikeouts in five appearances this year. Weaver has lasted at least six innings in each of his starts this season.

Twins: Span heating up
• With two hits Tuesday, Denard Span stretched his career-high hitting streak to 12 games. His average is now up to .340 on the season.

Angels: Rotation rolling
• The Angels starting staff has posted quality starts in 11 of its last 12 outings after Jerome Williams' three-hit shutout Tuesday.

• Torii Hunter is two runs shy of 1,000 for his career, while Albert Pujols is one run shy of 1,300 for his career.

Worth noting
• Weaver has had relative success against the Twins in the past, with a 5-2 record. Current Minnesota batters have struggled for the most part against Weaver, but both Josh Willingham and Danny Valencia have two home runs in 12 at-bats against the right-hander.

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