Weaver looks forward to Sunday's duel with Tigers' Verlander

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It's a showdown between the two best pitchers in the American League, frontrunners in the Cy Young race. The Angels' Jered Weaver and Tigers' Justin Verlander will square off Sunday at Comerica Park.

"It's going to be a good time," Weaver said of the matchup with his former Team USA teammate at the 2003 Pan Am Games. "I'm obviously not facing him. I'm facing their lineup. So that's the approach I'm going to take.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Weaver and Verlander each have 14 wins, second in the majors behind Yankees lefty CC Sabathia (15). But Weaver leads the majors with a 1.79 ERA and Verlander leads in WHIP (0.89). The duo rank near the top of every other pitching statistic that matters.

But Weaver doesn't want to acknowledge his status as a leading candidate for the Cy Young Award, even after starting the All-Star Game for the American League.

"Nah, I don't," Weaver said. "I don't want to put that pressure on myself. I don't need that notoriety. I don't need that stuff. That's not what I play the game for -- I play it for the love of the game and to go out there and compete every day.

"The talk's great. I'll let you guys deal with that kind of stuff. I don't need all that stuff. I just like to go out there and play the game."

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