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With heavy hearts, Angels honor Adenhart then beat Boston

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jered Weaver reached down to the mound with his finger and etched Nick Adenhart's initials in the dirt.

Then it was time to pitch.

So Weaver did the best he could to gather his emotions, striking out eight in a strong season debut that served as a tribute to his friend and rookie teammate.

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Weaver and the grief-stricken Los Angeles Angels, still mourning Adenhart's shocking death, returned to baseball Friday night with a 6-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

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"It was one of the toughest I've had to get through," said Weaver, who allowed only an unearned run in 6 2/3 innings. "It still really hasn't hit home yet. I shed a couple tears before I went over there."

Weaver usually traces his grandparents' initials on the mound before every start. This time, he honored Adenhart.

"He's never going to be forgotten," Weaver said.

The right-hander tipped his cap as he left to a standing ovation after facing two batters in the seventh.

Nearing the dugout, he pointed his right index finger to the sky.

"You know he's looking down on you," said Weaver, who grew close to Adenhart during spring training and had planned to room with him in Long Beach starting Easter Sunday. "He's going to help us battle through the season."

It was the Angels' ninth consecutive regular-season victory against the Red Sox -- the longest in franchise history -- but the joy over this one was muted by prevailing sadness.

The 22-year-old Adenhart and two of his friends were killed when their car was broadsided early Thursday in a crash caused by a suspected drunk driver who was charged with three counts of murder Friday.

"We're happy to get a win," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It doesn't do much for what happened the last couple of days, but we're playing baseball. When the game's over and you start to think about it, it doesn't ease the pain."

The Angels honored Adenhart, Courtney Stewart and Henry Pearson with a moment of silence before the game as the team resumed playing after postponing Thursday's scheduled game against Oakland.

"When you hear the words `play ball' [after the moment of silence], it's like, `Whoa,"' Boston manager Terry Francona said. "I don't know how hard it is, but there's a lot of good people over there trying to handle it together."

Adenhart's presence was felt all around Angel Stadium. A growing collection of flowers, candles, Rally Monkeys, baseballs and handwritten messages were piled in tribute on the replica pitcher's mound outside the gates.

The rookie's No. 34 was painted in red on the back slope of the mound. A black-and-white photo of him in mid-toss was on the center-field wall next to his name and number in a black circle.

During the pregame tribute, Torii Hunter and John Lackey held Adenhart's jersey on the mound with their heads bowed during the silence. Lackey carried the jersey back to the dugout, where it was hung on the back wall next to the shelves of batting helmets.

Hunter jogged out to take his position in center field, stopping to touch Adenhart's photo on the wall.

"I just wanted to go out there and pump him on the chest," Hunter said. "I was teary-eyed. It's tough, man. He was a great kid, loved him and he's going to be missed. We wanted to get the win for Nick and for us."

The Angels wore No. 34 patches, which will remain on their home and road jerseys throughout the season.

Adenhart's locker in the corner of the clubhouse was almost as he left it, except for a tall jar of dirt scooped from the pitcher's mound that rested on top of the lineup card from Wednesday's game.

"I just keep hoping he walks through that door," said pitcher Kevin Jepsen, whose locker adjoins Adenhart's. "The moment of silence just brings tears to your eyes. You get that feeling inside. You don't know what to do. You feel helpless."

For 2½ hours during the game, though, everything seemed routine again. Music blared and fans cheered the action while scarfing down food and drinks.

"Once you get into it, the game has a way of sucking you right in," Scioscia said. "While you're playing, you're into competing and that's what these guys are used to doing."

Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (0-1) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings, walking five and striking out four.

"It's difficult, knowing what they're going through over there and knowing what Nick's family's going through right now," Wakefield said. "It's just a sad situation."

Chone Figgins' RBI single and a two-run single by Howie Kendrick gave the Angels a 3-0 lead in the second.

They extended the lead to 6-1 in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Hunter and Jeff Mathis' two-run single.

The Red Sox scored their first run in the third on David Ortiz's sacrifice fly, then pulled to 6-3 in the eighth. Jacoby Ellsbury scored on Kevin Youkilis' infield hit, and Dustin Pedroia also scored on the play when the throw from third baseman Figgins got past first baseman Kendry Morales for an error.

Scot Shields got four outs to earn his first save of the season.

Notes

  • The Red Sox are 1-6 in Anaheim since the start of the 2007 season, with their lone win coming on Aug. 8 that year. But Boston has eliminated the Angels in the first round of the playoffs three times since 2004.
  • Youkilis went 2-for-4, becoming the first Boston player to have multiple hits in the club's first four games since Jose Offerman and Mike Stanley did it to start the 1999 season.
  • Thursday night's game against Oakland that was postponed will likely be made up on Aug. 27 in Anaheim.
  • Angels LHP Joe Saunders will start Saturday's game and RHP Dustin Moseley will start Sunday.
 
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Starting pitcher Jered Weaver pays respect to an image of Nick Adenhart on the outfield wall.  (AP)
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Players of the Game
Anaheim

J. Mathis
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Boston

J. Ellsbury
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4220011 .235
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3110100 .200
David Ortiz, DH3001022 .167
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4021011 .625
J.D. Drew, RF4000022 .091
Jason Bay, LF2000210 .250
Mike Lowell, 3B4010013 .200
Jed Lowrie, SS4000013 .067
George Kottaras, C3010010 .333
Totals31372310  
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (2, Jepsen)
SF - David Ortiz (1)
RBI - David Ortiz (1), Kevin Youkilis (2)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis (2)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (2, 3rd base off Jer. Weaver/Mathis), Dustin Pedroia (1, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Mathis)
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield (L,0-1) 6633540 4.50
Justin Masterson 1433100 13.50
Javier Lopez 1000010 4.50
IBB - Matthews by Justin Masterson
HBP - Hunter (by Tim Wakefield)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 99-52, Justin Masterson 30-16, Javier Lopez 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 7-6, Justin Masterson 1-2, Javier Lopez 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 29, Justin Masterson 8, Javier Lopez 3
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4111112 .214
Howie Kendrick, 2B5012021 .222
Bobby Abreu, LF4130100 .353
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4120101 .313
Torii Hunter, CF1001100 .214
Kendry Morales, 1B4110016 .333
Gary Matthews Jr., RF2000213 .000
Jeff Mathis, C4122003 .400
Maicer Izturis, SS4100002 .000
Totals32610665  
Batting
2B - Chone Figgins (1, Wakefield), Kendry Morales (2, Masterson)
SF - Torii Hunter (1)
RBI - Chone Figgins (1), Howie Kendrick 2 (4), Torii Hunter (1), Jeff Mathis 2 (2)
SB - Chone Figgins (3, 2nd base off Wakefield/Kottaras), Howie Kendrick (1, 2nd base off Wakefield/Kottaras), Bobby Abreu 2 (2, 2nd base off Wakefield/Kottaras, 2nd base off Masterson/Kottaras)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Morales-Izturis, Shields-Kendrick-Izturis-Morales
E - Chone Figgins (1, Throwing), Jeff Mathis (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
Jered Weaver (W,1-0) 6.2410280 0.00
Jose Arredondo (H,3) 0.1000010 10.80
Kevin Jepsen 0.2321010 16.20
Scot Shields (S,1) 1.1000100 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 101-68, Jose Arredondo 6-3, Kevin Jepsen 15-10, Scot Shields 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 3-8, Scot Shields 1-2
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 25, Jose Arredondo 1, Kevin Jepsen 5, Scot Shields 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41385
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Marvin Hudson