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Saturday, May 19th (All times eastern)

LA Angels of Anaheim (18-22) at San Diego Padres (14-26), 10:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Dan Haren (1-4, 4.41) San Diego - Eric Stults (0-0, 0.00)

(Sports Network) - After getting some more bad news on Friday about would-be starter Tim Stauffer, the San Diego Padres will be looking to stabilize their rotation as they take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the second game of a three-game series at Petco Park.

Stauffer was originally scheduled to start Saturday for San Diego but will miss the outing after being placed on the disabled list on Friday. Stauffer's injury is listed as a sprained right elbow that has kept him to just one start, which he made earlier this week, this season.

Eric Stults was claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on Thursday and will start in Stauffer's place. In 6 2/3 innings with the White Sox he allowed two runs on six hits while striking out four. A journeyman reliever and spot starter, Stults has an 8-10 record and a 4.84 career ERA in six seasons.

Stults has never faced the LA Angels of Anaheim.

The Angels will counter with Dan Haren, who can be added to the list of players underachieving for the LA Angels this season.

Haren was supposed to be one of the top of the rotation starters for a pitching staff thought to be as good as most in baseball entering 2012. Haren has not delivered on those expectations and comes into this series with just a 1-4 record and a 4.41 ERA through his first eight starts.

In his last start Haren struggled through six innings, throwing 106 pitches while allowing four runs on six hits in a 5-0 loss to Oakland on Monday.

The Angels desperately need Haren to break out of his beginning of the season slump and be the same pitcher that finished 16-10 with a 3.17 ERA a season ago, the fifth straight season he had an ERA under four.

Interleague play may be just what Haren needs as he is 14-6 with a 3.31 ERA all-time against opponents in the opposite league.

Haren will also have the advantage of his familiarity with the Padres, a team he pitched against often during his two and a half year stint with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2008-2010. Haren is 5-2 with a 3.34 ERA in his career versus San Diego.

The Angels dominated in the first game of the series by posting a 7-2 victory on Friday night.

Jered Weaver picked up his sixth win of the season in the game, lasting seven innings in which he allowed two runs on three hits while striking out four.

Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with an RBI triple and Erik Aybar had two hits and a pair of RBI as well for the Angels, who have won three of their last four. Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with a single in the game after hitting a home run in each of the previous two games.

Veteran Jeff Suppan battled through five innings, allowing four runs on six hits while also walking five and striking out none for San Diego.

Will Venable hit his second home run of the season but overall the Padres were stymied by the Angels pitching staff, going just 3-for-30 as a team in the game.

The Padres trailed by just two, 4-2, in the eighth but the Angels scored three runs off of reliever Brad Brach in the inning to stretch out the lead.

This is the first series between these teams since the Angels swept a series at home during the 2009 season. In that series the Angels dominated outscoring the Padres 26-7 in the three wins.

05/19 10:57:52 ET