Jered Weaver looked like the old Jered Weaver in his last start -- and if anyone should fear the old Weaver, it's the Twins.
Weaver no-hit the Twins two seasons ago and owns an 8-2 record and 3.35 ERA in his career against Minnesota. In his last two home starts against the Twins (including the no-hitter), Weaver has tossed 17 innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits and striking out 18.
"You go about every start the same way, regardless of who you're facing," Weaver said. "It was a great night but it was two years ago. I'm just focused on trying to keep our team in the game and hopefully pull out a victory."
Before an eight-inning, one-run start against Texas on Saturday, Weaver (7-6) had struggled in June, going 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and .293 batting average against. But he baffled the Rangers by surrendering four hits and striking out five in a no-decision.
"Just trying to get back to where I know I can be and just felt more comfortable as far as mechanically and all that stuff," Weaver said. "It's a step in the right direction and [I'll] try to carry it over to [Thursday]."
His start Saturday was the first one in his last eight starts that Weaver did not give up a home run. Weaver has served up 14 homers, which places him among the American League leaders in that category.
Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco (4-5) will oppose Weaver on Thursday. In his last start against the White Sox on Friday, Nolasco gave up two solo home runs in the first inning but settled down to last 5 1/3 innings.
"I thought I was pretty terrible," Nolasco said. "No fastball command. Thought I kind of got lucky to just give up two runs to that lineup tonight with the kind of stuff I had."
Nolasco has struggled to go deep into games, not making it through six innings in his last three starts. He has not registered a quality start in June.
Nolasco will be facing the Angels for the first time in his career. He is 2-3 with a 7.11 ERA on the road this season.
Angels: Frieri enlists Weaver for advice
Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri has had a rough last two weeks.
Prior to Tuesday's scoreless performance, Frieri had just three appearances in the team's previous 12 games, managing to get through just 1 1/3 innings and allowing six earned runs (40.50 ERA) while notching a blown save.
So what did he do to fix his stuff? Turn to the Angels ace, of course.
Frieri said he talked with Weaver, along with pitching coach Mike Butcher and reliever Joe Smith, hoping to rectify a delivery that had left balls up in the zone.
"It sounds easy, keep the ball, but to make it happen, it's not that easy, especially when you have in your mind, that if you miss, you're going to get hurt, like I was doing," Frieri said. "Like I was in the past because that's it. That's over."
Frieri had given up eight hits in his past three games, with four of the hits going for extra bases.
"I just saw something in his delivery where he's throwing against himself and not really getting the full extension like I remember him having when he was throwing balls by people," Weaver said.
Since joining the Angels in 2012, Frieri has not had more than four blown saves in a season. He has three so far this year.
Twins: Santana injures knee Wednesday
Twins starting shortstop Danny Santana left Wednesday's games against the Angels with left knee soreness.
Santana pulled up at second base after a double to left in the third inning off Garrett Richards. Minnesota's medical staff attended to Santana before lifting him for Pedro Florimon.
On the season, Santana is hitting .328/.366/.488 with two home runs and 16 RBIs. The Twins short bench due to 13 pitchers on the roster and no Eduardo Nunez and Trevor Plouffe could push Florimon into action.
Florimon, hitting .101 on the season, went 0-for-2 with a strikeout as a replacement Wednesday night.
• With a single in the third inning, Howie Kendrick extended his hitting streak to nine games.
• Minnesota has lost seven straight road games.
• Mike Trout is the only Major League player with five triples, 15-plus doubles and 15-plus home runs.