Weaver is trying to revive his career in Los Angeles after
struggling with the New York Yankees for a season and a half. The
27-year-old right-hander, who grew up a Dodgers fan, allowed one
run and six hits.
"He changed somewhat the way he went about his business and
used what is a very good weapon for him -- his sinker -- a lot more
frequently," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "He threw the ball
much better today."
Weaver, who went 7-9 with a 5.99 ERA for the Yankees last season
as a starter and a reliever, was sent to Los Angeles in an
offseason trade for Kevin Brown.
"You never really know until things get going if something else
is going to happen, another move or something to keep moving
around," Weaver said. "But now it seems pretty real and I'm
gearing up to hopefully have one of my best seasons yet."
Doug Nickle couldn't close the game after getting the first two
outs in the ninth with a 4-1 lead.
He gave up consecutive singles to Jason Kubel, Brandon Marsters
and Justin Morneau, and a two-run single to Michael Ryan. Nickle
then threw a wild pitch and walked Matthew LeCroy to load the bases
Los Angeles took advantage of some sloppy defense by the
normally sure-handed Twins in the fifth.
Ryan, competing for the fourth outfield spot, went 1-for-2
with a run and two RBI. ... Minnesota's Torii Hunter went 1-for-3
with a run scored in his second game back after spraining his left
wrist on March 5. ... Franklin Gutierrez went 2-for-3 with two runs
scored and played well in right field for the Dodgers.