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The last time Jered Weaver faced the Seattle Mariners, he plunked Kyle Seager after a verbal exchange and was ejected.

Weaver should have more important things on his mind Sunday - namely helping the Los Angeles Angels keep the pressure on in the wild-card race.

Los Angeles (80-74) is one-half game behind Houston in the race for the AL's second wild card with eight left in the regular season. The Angels kept pace thanks to David Freese's walkoff homer in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Seattle.

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The high stakes should be enough for Weaver (7-12, 4.86 ERA) to concentrate on leading the Angels to a fifth straight win instead of plotting revenge against Seager following their confrontation Sept. 16.

The right-hander hit Seager with a pitch with two outs in the fifth after the two exchanged colorful language about the third baseman's slow setup in the batter's box, which included a long timeout. Weaver was tossed after allowing three runs and six hits in a 3-1 loss to the Mariners (74-81).

"It's something I do every at-bat," Seager told MLB's official website. "It takes me a long time to get in the batter's box. I know that. Every once in a while they'll be getting going and I'm not ready yet."

Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon doesn't think it'll be a problem.

"That team is trying to get in the playoffs. They're not going to do anything stupid," McClendon said. "That was child's play. It was stupid to start with."

Weaver should be more worried about bouncing back from his latest performance, giving up five runs and nine hits - two homers - in 5 2-3 innings of Monday's 6-3 loss at Houston.

He owns a 5.94 ERA while losing three straight starts against the Mariners. However, those all came in Seattle and Weaver is 7-2 with a 2.17 ERA in 14 career home starts against the AL West rival.

This has been an extremely favorable matchup for Jesus Montero, who is 6 for 12 with five homers against Weaver. Those five home runs are tied for the most Weaver has allowed against any hitter, joining Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson.

A strong start from Weaver would surely be a boost to the Angels, who lost closer Huston Street to a groin injury Saturday.

"It's not good," manager Mike Scioscia said.

Mike Trout is hitting .354 with six homers and 12 RBIs in the last 13 games. He only managed a single Saturday but his incredible catch was enough to make up for any shortcomings at the plate. The star outfielder scaled the center-field wall, lifted himself up atop it and extended his glove to take away a three-run homer from Montero in the fourth.

"I thought it was pretty cool," Trout said. "Honestly, I didn't think I could catch it, and then once I got up to the wall and then I looked back up at it, I said, 'Man, I've got a chance to catch this ball.'"

The Mariners, losers of four straight, are handing the ball to Hisashi Iwakuma (9-4, 3.67), who is 5-0 with a 1.90 ERA in seven road starts since returning from a right lat strain that kept him out for 2 1/2 months.

The right-hander kept that run going by striking out a season-high 10 and allowing three singles in seven scoreless innings of Tuesday's 11-2 win at Kansas City.

That effort came six days after he yielded one run with nine strikeouts in six innings of a 3-1 home victory over the Angels.

Iwakuma is 8-2 with a 2.72 ERA in 12 starts against them, but was tagged for seven runs over 3 1-3 innings in his last start in Anaheim, an 8-1 loss on Sept. 15, 2014.