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LAA@SEA: Weaver fans five through six frames

The Angels return home to begin a three-game series Friday night against the Chicago White Sox after a long road trip that saw them go 3-7 against three American League West rivals and fall into a tie for second place in the division with Seattle.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia was happy to be heading home after the 10-game, 11-day trip to Seattle, Oakland and Houston ended Thursday night with an 8-5 loss to the Astros.

Los Angeles split a four-game set with the Mariners, were swept by the Athletics, and lost two of three to Houston.

"With the day off [Monday], this seems like we've been out for a month," Scioscia said. "It's crazy. It's part of the inefficiency of the schedule. I don't think anyone minds three-city trips, but you should be able to get in and out in nine days. We haven't been able to do that."

The White Sox, meanwhile, will hope to continue their successful West Coast road trip after taking two of three from the Dodgers.

Andre Rienzo will get the start for Chicago, and he's looking to rebound from a rough outing on Saturday against San Diego. The righty, who needed 80 pitches to get through 3 1/3 innings, allowed seven hits and three runs while striking out four Padres and walking two.

The Angels will counter with Jered Weaver, who has been inconsistent in his last two starts after enjoying a seven-game run where he gave up two runs or fewer. Scioscia hopes Weaver can hold down the fort this time around, as the Angels currently have only six active relief pitchers.

"We'll ride it out until we need [a seventh reliever]," Scioscia said.

White Sox: Abreu hits the ground running
White Sox manager Robin Ventura had planned to give Jose Abreu a day off after the first baseman played the first three games in their series against the Dodgers after returning from the disabled list after tendinitis in his left ankle.

Ventura found the perfect spot to rest his rookie slugger.

"I'm going to give him [a day off] tomorrow," said a smiling Ventura during Wednesday's pregame meeting with the media, referring to Thursday's scheduled off-day before taking on the Angels this weekend.

"He feels all right. You watch him a little closer, his mannerisms of how he's running down the baseline, hitting the bag, things like that. Normally you don't have to pay attention that much, but when a guy goes through something like he did, you pay a little more attention to how he's moving around, how he's running."

Abreu wasted no time getting back into form after his return from injury, hitting home runs in each of his first two games back. He is now tied for third in the Major Leagues in home runs (17) with Giancarlo Stanton, behind the Orioles' Nelson Cruz (21) and the Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion (19).

Angels: Weaver looking to regain winning ways
Weaver went 5-1 with a 1.70 ERA from April 18 to May 21, but he has not had that type of result in his past two outings.

Against the Mariners on May 27, Weaver gave up three runs in six innings, but it was his shortest start since April 29, the most runs he had given up since April 12 and his second-lowest game score up to that point in the season.

Weaver tried to regain his form in his next start against Oakland on Sunday, but he had worse results. Weaver gave up six runs (five earned) in six innings of work.

In 10 career starts against the White Sox, Weaver is 7-2 with a 1.59 ERA, striking out 64 batters in 68 innings.

Worth noting
•  Collin Cowgill is the only player to appear in every Angels victory this season, as the team is 31-21 when he plays and 0-7 when he does not. Cowgill has reached base safely in 32 of 37 starts.

•  After the White Sox won the first six games Rienzo started this season, they've lost his last two outings. He's given up eight runs (five earned) in that span, allowing 13 hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings.

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