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Peter Gammons sits down with Angels ace Jered Weaver

After wining his first six games of the season, the Angels' right-hander has dropped his past two decisions. On Friday, Weaver (6-2, 1.87 ERA) will look to rebound against the Rangers -- who he dominated the last time he faced them -- and right-hander Alexi Ogando (3-0, 2.17).

In Weaver's past start on May 7 against Cleveland, the 28-year-old right-hander gave up a season-high four runs on seven hits. He also didn't strike out a single batter, the first time he's done that since June 10, 2007. The lack of whiffs were a result of Weaver lacking a go-to pitch.

"I didn't really have an out pitch, but I had to battle," Weaver said. "I got away from the fastball. You are going to have days like that, you just have to be able to move on."

Against Texas on April 20, Weaver threw a complete-game gem in which he allowed one run on six hits while striking out eight. In 21 career starts against Texas, Weaver is 8-4 with a 3.27 ERA. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (.281) is the only player on the team batting better than .250 against Weaver with more than 11 at-bats.

Ogando is making his first start since May 3 after missing his scheduled start Sunday with a blister on his right index finger. Texas manager Ron Washington said Wednesday that Ogando's finger looks the best it's been since the blister appeared, while the 27-year-old right-hander simply said, "Yeah, I'm ready."

In his last start against the Seattle Mariners, Ogando went six innings, giving up one run on five hits, while walking one and striking out six for the no-decision.

Ogando has turned in three consecutive quality starts and has not allowed a run against the Angels in 7 2/3 career relief innings.

Angels: Morales set for surgery
• Electing to have a second operation on his injured left ankle, Kendrys Morales will miss the rest of the season. Morales, who broke his left ankle last May 29 after hitting a walk-off grand slam, will have surgery in Vail, Colo., as soon as possible. The operation will be performed by Dr. Thomas Clanton, whom Morales saw for a second opinion Tuesday.

• "It's definitely a challenge for us," Angels general manager Tony Reagins said. "Not having Kendrys is a big part of what we do in the middle of the lineup, so it's definitely a significant blow for us. But having been able to go through the season last year without Kendrys, I think the team has learned how to deal with his absence and move forward."

• The Angels placed reliever Francisco Rodriguez on the 15-day DL Wednesday with right shoulder pain and recalled right-hander Kevin Jepsen from Triple-A Salt Lake.

• Second baseman Howard Kendrick entered Wednesday's affair batting .410 with 14 runs scored in his past 15 games. He also ranked second in the American League with 48 hits -- behind Texas' Michael Young -- fourth with 27 runs scored, second with 79 total bases and first with 18 multi-hit games.

• Thursday's off-day is the Angels' last scheduled free day until June 2.

Rangers: Feliz shows rust

• Like all pitchers, Rangers closer Neftali Feliz is a creature of habit. On Tuesday, when he made just his third appearance since returning from the disabled list on May 7, he struggled. Feliz walked two and allowed his first inherited runner to score since May 11 of last year. Washington wasn't worried, admitting Feliz was just rusty.

• Before Wednesday's game against Oakland was rained out, Texas' plan was for Michael Young to receive an day off on Friday. That could change.

Worth noting
• Since their 7-0 start at home, the Rangers have dropped six of their past nine and eight of their past 13 in Arlington.

• Texas' Julio Borbon has hit safely in 10 straight games, one short of his career high.

• The Halos are 5-8 in their last 13 games in Arlington, but are 2-1 there in 2011. Going 9-10 against the Rangers in '10, 10 of the 19 meetings between the clubs were one-run affairs, which tied the AL record since realignment.

• Coming into Wednesday's game, Mark Trumbo led AL rookies in home runs (six), hits (30), runs (14) total bases (54) and RBIs (17).

• The Angels lead the Majors in extra-inning games this year, after playing their ninth Wednesday against the White Sox. The Angels lost, 6-4, in 10 innings. Comments