Sunday evening's rubber game between the Angels and the Rangers was billed as a pitcher's duel between right-handers Jered Weaver and Yu Darvish, but due to injuries neither pitcher made it through the sixth inning.
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Of the two, Weaver's injury is the more troubling. Down 4-3 entering the sixth inning, the right-hander gave up a line drive single up the middle to Mitch Moreland. Ducking out of the way of the liner, Weaver landed awkwardly on his non-throwing arm and strained his left elbow. X-rays taken after the game came back negative, but there's a good chance Weaver will miss his next start.
Darvish, on the other hand, did not succumb to a new injury. The right-hander left the game after five innings because of continued irritation on his right hand from a blister that he received during his near-perfecto against the Houston Astros last week. Considering he was almost able to make MLB history while pitching through the injury, and pitched five strong innings Sunday night, Darvish's blister shouldn't be too big of an issue going forward. He may need to skip a start to ensure that the blister is fully healed.
Injuries or not, neither pitcher was at his best Sunday. The pair combined to allow 13 hits, walk eight batters, and concede eight runs in 10 innings of work on the night.