Jeff Weaver Allows Two Hits in a 3-1 Win

Jeff Weaver, still somewhat miffed over the fact Detroit traded him away, turned on them Wednesday night and carved out a neat 3-1 win, allowing only two hits over his seven innings on the mound and struck out seven. Jason Grabowski, just off a rehab stint in Las Vegas, slugged a two-run homer to give him all the runs he needed to record his team-leading sixth win of the year. The Dodgers moved back in the NL West race with the victory, moving past Arizona into second place.

Weaver allowed a first inning double and a home run to Detroit starting pitcher Jason Johnson, the first by a Detroit pitcher since 1971. Oddly enough he's allowed three home runs to pitchers this season.

Grabowski, starting for the first time since he came off the disabled list, hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Hee-Seop Choi, struggling with a 2-for-39 slump, provided insurance with a run-scoring single to left field in the seventh.

On the other side of the coin, pinch-single Mike Edwards baned a single in the seventh and is 5-for-6 as a pinch-hitter, batting .538 (7-for-13) during a six-game hitting streak.

Weaver finished with 71 strikes among his 97 pitches. He retired 13 consecutive batters before he hit Dimitri Young with two outs in the seventh. He struck out Craig Monroe on a curveball to end the seventh and turned the rest over to the bullpen.

Weaver has struggled through a dead arm period but he's been topping 90 mph in his last two starts. He was able to get a win even though the offense provided just three runs. The Dodgers are only 4-22 when they score three runs or less.

Dodger Blue Notes--Scott Boras, the agent for top Dodgers draft pick Luke Hochevar, said he turned down slot money (a scale most major league teams attempt to stay with) from three other major league teams who were interested in the University of Tennessee ace. Jered Weaver, brother of Jeff Weaver who recently signed with the Angels for $4 million after a year-long holdout and Tigers selection Justin Verlander received $3.15 million. The Dodgers drafted the right-hander three years ago out of high school but were unable to sign him. Scouting director Logan White said he is confident a deal will be reached, but said he cautioned owner Frank McCourt that it might take lengthy negotiations. … Brad Penny underwent a physical exam and sources say a contract extension is imminent. Penny, who is making $5.1 million this season, tentatively agreed to a deal for three years plus an option season believed to be worth a guaranteed $25 million and as much as $36 million if the option is exercised. Penny starts on Friday against the Minnesota Twins and may be considerably richer by that time. … Elmer Dessens pitched three innings in a rehabilitation assignment with Las Vegas on Tuesday night, allowing two runs, one on a homer, and making 46 pitches. Manager Jim Tracy said he will make at least one more start before being activated. … Pitcher Derek Lowe phoned in sick before the game. He is scheduled to start Saturday night. … The sons of coaches John Shelby and Tim Wallach, and the nephew of bullpen coach Jon Debus, were drafted Wednesday. Outfielder Jeremy Shelby was taken by San Diego, catcher Matthew Wallach was taken by the New York Yankees and the Dodgers took left-handed pitcher Jake Debus. … Either D.J. Houlton or Derek Thompson will start Sunday ... Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley, on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his right finger, has not improved and Odalis Perez (left shoulder soreness) threw a 50-pitch bullpen, in which he used all of his pitches. Perez is expected to throw another bullpen session Friday or Saturday.