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LAA@MIN: Weaver snags a sharp liner for the first out

After facing the Seattle Mariners for seven of their first 10 regular-season games, the Oakland A's will be happy to make the trek to Anaheim on Monday to face off against the Angels in the opener of a four-game set.

However, the team knows getting wins won't be an easy task against a potent Angels lineup and strong rotation.

"You see the lineup -- they're deep in the rotation, got some speed at the top and bottom and some power in the middle," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "They haven't played great to this point, but I don't think there's any doubt about the fact that they're probably one of the better teams in the American League. We're going to have to play well."

Playing the Halos tough last year, the A's complied an 11-8 record. The team will rely of the arm of Brandon McCarthy on Monday to get the team's first win against the Angels this season.

He got the no-decision on Wednesday against the Royals, tossing six innings and giving up two runs on six hits, while allowing just two walks.

The right-hander will have some stiff competition in Angels ace Jered Weaver, who'll be looking to improve after his last start.

Against the Twins on Wednesday, Weaver allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings of work. He went into the seventh inning with a 5-3 lead and having thrown 97 pitches. But he gave up back-to-back singles and wound up with the no-decision.

"I felt good, just left a couple pitches up and fell behind," Weaver said after the start. "Anytime you do that in a big league game, it's going to affect you."

After the bullpen tossed 5 1/3 innings in Sunday's 11-5 loss to the Yankees, the Angels will need the Weaver they saw on Opening Day that threw eight shutout innings.

A's: Melvin juggles lineup on Sunday
The A's put out their eighth different lineup on Sunday, with Melvin hoping it would provide a spark for his team's struggling offense. However, Oakland wound up losing, 5-3, to the Mariners.

Josh Reddick was bumped into the No. 5 spot, while Seth Smith got his first start in the three-hole.

"I always feel like everyone's on the verge of swinging well," Melvin said. "And I really do think it's something where we get a nice game early on, string some hits together, you can gain some momentum from that. That'll be the key for us, to relax a bit. Everyone wants to be that guy right now to get us out of the little funk we're in."

Angels: Scioscia continues to mix up lineup
For Sunday's game against the Yankees, manager Mike Scioscia featured a different starting lineup, his eighth of the nine games the Angels have played this season.

Maicer Izturis got his first start at third base, while Mark Trumbo was penciled in as the Angels' designated hitter for only the second time. Bobby Abreu also played left field, while Kendrys Morales and Peter Bourjos got the night off.

"You can wish all you want about the lineup," Scioscia said, "but you have to just take a pragmatic approach and look at it [with] what's good on this day and what's good with the long term, as to how you're matching up and what you're doing.

• The club was 8-11 against Oakland during the 2011 season, marking just the second series loss to the A's since the 2003 season, when the team went 9-10.

However, the Angels are 11-5 in the last 16 meetings at Angel Stadium against the A's. Los Angeles is 3-6 in its last nine games in Oakland.

Worth noting
• Weaver has made 20 career starts against the A's, compiling a 6-7 record with one shutout and a 2.85 ERA.

• The A's have tallied fewer than 10 hits in each of their first 10 games, tying the record from the team's 1978 campaign.

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