ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Right-hander Jered Weaver, known as a power pitcher for most of his career, is remaking himself.
Weaver, 31, is using more breaking pitches and change-ups while trying to regain velocity on his fastball.
"His stuff seems like it keeps evolving," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "There's no doubt that 'Weave' is getting stronger. He's able to locate the fastball with better velocity, and that sets up everything he does."
Weaver scattered three walks, three hits and two runs in seven innings while striking out five in a 3-0 loss to the Tampa Ray Rays. In his previous five starts, Weaver went 4-0 with a 1.71 earned-run average and 23 strikeouts.
Despite the decrease in Weaver's velocity, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon expressed no surprise at Weaver's success.
"The guy's incredible," Maddon said. "He's got a great feel for what he's doing out there. Guys play their entire careers without that kind of feel."