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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Weaver gives some gear to Cooperstown

By Mark Saxon

People from the Late Show with David Letterman approached the Angels about having Jered Weaver do their Top 10 list Thursday, the day after he threw the 250th no-hitter in major-league history, but it fell through at the last minute.

“Production problems,” Weaver said.

Weaver kept the ball that Torii Hunter caught for the final out and the lineup card. He gave the Angels his game jersey and another ball to ship to Cooperstown.

They’re not the first Weaver artifacts at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Two other balls -- one from his combined no-hitter with Jose Arredondo against the Dodgers and one from the game he pitched against his brother, Jeff -- were already housed in upstate New York.

The next challenge for Weaver: repeating it. Not the no-hitter -- Johnny Vander Meer is the only pitcher to throw two straight -- but just beating the Minnesota Twins again. His next start is Monday in Minneapolis.

“It’s my biggest pet peeve about being a pitcher. It’s tough,” Weaver said. “Obviously, facing the same hitters twice, you have to pitch a little different, but it’s hard to pitch different because you have to pitch to your strengths and the opposing team will know that.”

Weaver said he received 116 text messages from well-wishers, friends and fellow players.