From Comcast SportsNetANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jered Weaver spent a long stretch of his 100th career victory in the batting cage and the tunnel below Angel Stadium, playing catch to keep his arm warm while the Los Angeles Angels batted around in an eight-run fourth inning.Weaver didn't lose his rhythm, and the Angels kept flowing toward a playoff berth.Weaver pitched seven innings of six-hit ball in his 18th win of the season, Chris Iannetta had a two-run single and scored on a wild pitch during that crazy rally, and the Angels moved up in the AL postseason race with an 11-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.Weaver (18-4) gave up third-inning homers to Mike Napoli and Ian Kinsler, but got a huge cushion from his teammates to ease into a tie with Tampa Bay's David Price for the AL lead in wins. The ace right-hander, who has spent his entire career in Anaheim, matched his single-season high for victories and became just the sixth pitcher to win 100 games with the club."It's an honor to do it all in an Angels uniform," said Weaver, a Los Angeles-area native. "I wouldn't have it any other way. Hopefully these fans see 200 more, but I don't know. We'll see what happens."What's happening on the scoreboards is more interesting to Weaver and his teammates at the moment.Erick Aybar had three hits and scored two runs for the Angels (81-67), who moved within 3 games of wild card-leading Oakland with their 15th win in 20 games after the Athletics (84-63) lost at Detroit. Los Angeles also kept pressure on Baltimore, which sits in second place in the AL wild-card standings."We're at the point in the year when we just have to win," Iannetta said. "We need to find a way. Texas, Oakland, Baltimore, they're all in the drivers' seat, but we've been on a real good three-week stretch. We just have to keep working."Los Angeles trimmed its deficit behind the AL West-leading Rangers (87-60) to 6 games, but the Angels are much more focused on making a late wild-card push -- and with a few more innings like the fourth, they might have an outside shot.Los Angeles sent 12 batters to the plate in the fourth while carving up three Texas pitchers, including starter Ryan Dempster, during its biggest rally in nearly two months."It felt like a rain delay out there," Weaver said. "But when runs are coming across the board, you can't complain too much."With eight Angels scoring a run, they had no trouble producing offense in the absence of Albert Pujols, who missed the game to be with his wife and their newborn daughter. The Angels expect Pujols to be back in the lineup Wednesday.Dempster (6-2) was charged with five runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings, ending his five-start winning streak with his second rough outing against the Angels. The veteran has yielded 13 earned runs to Los Angeles and just 15 to the rest of the AL during his nine starts for Texas."It got out of control," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We just couldn't get any outs. Dempster struggled from the beginning. It was a fight the whole time, and in that fourth inning, they just took the game away from us."All-Star Josh Hamilton left in the fourth with sinus trouble that affected the slugger's vision, Washington said. Napoli had two hits in another big game against his former teammates, but Weaver and two relievers largely shut down the majors' most potent offense.Kinsler ended an 0-for-11 skid with just his second homer in 17 games, but the Angels got rolling in the fourth. After Vernon Wells and Alberto Callaspo reached, Iannetta cracked a one-out single off the bottom of the right-field wall before Mike Trout walked to chase Dempster.Tanner Scheppers then threw two pitches: He hit Aybar with the first to load the bases, and put the second into the backstop for a wild pitch. Iannetta made contact with Scheppers' leg on his slide, leaving Scheppers on the ground in agony while Napoli's throw hit home plate umpire Jim Wolf, allowing Trout to score on a throwing error.Scheppers left with a bruised right knee, but the Angels didn't let up against Mark Lowe.Aybar scored on Kendrys Morales' single, a tapper that traveled about 15 feet up the third-base line. Wells and Callaspo then drove in runs before Mark Trumbo made his second out of the inning."It was strange and bizarre," Michael Young said. "There were definitely strange things that happened that inning, but the bottom line was that they had some good at-bats and found a way to score. It doesn't matter how it happened. They scored eight."NOTES:Hamilton was replaced by Leonys Martin on defense in the bottom of the fourth. The major league leader with 42 homers walked and grounded out in his two at-bats. ... Weaver has never lost a decision to Texas at Angel Stadium, going 9-0. ... RHP Wilmer Font made his major league debut for Texas in the sixth, pitching a scoreless inning.
The Capitals kick off their annual dads trip starting with a game in St. Louis against the Blues. The game will feature a star-studded matchup as Alex Ovechkin will face fellow countryman and superstar Vladimir Tarasenko. Will Washington's loss to Pittsburgh serve as a reality check or will the Caps struggle in the wake of their nine-game win streak?
Stream the game via CSNmidatlantic.com/CapitalsStream or tune in to CSN at 7:30 p.m. for coverage. Here is everything you need to know:
What: Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.
When: Thursday, 1/19 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
How to Watch: Capitals at Blues will be broadcast on CSN.
When is the Capitals-Blues game?
The Capitals (29-9-6) play the St. Louis Blues (23-17-5) Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
What channel is the Capitals-Blues game on?
The Capitals-Blues game is broadcast on CSN. The coverage of the game begins at 7:30 p.m. with Caps GameTime. The game begins at 8:00 p.m with Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin. For postgame coverage, stick around for Caps Extra following the game and Caps in 30 at midnight. (CSN channel Finder)
Where can I stream the Capitals-Blues game?
The Capitals-Blues game, along with Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here on csnmidatlantic.com/CapitalsStream and the NBC Sports app and is available to authenticated CSN Mid-Atlantic subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.
What are the lines for the Capitals-Blues game?
Based Wednesday's practice, here are the projected lines:
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Dmitry Orlov
Taylor Chorney - Nate Schmidt
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup
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Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 104-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center that are worth revisiting...
1. Veteran Jason Smith had another solid game for the Wizards off their bench with eight points, three rebounds, a block and two steals. One of those steals led to a one-man fastbreak where Smith threw the hammer down with a big slam. Wizards Twitter went nuts over this one:
And here are a few extra angles of Smith's dunk. Notice the slight pause once he landed for effect:
2. Markieff Morris also had a few dunks of his own, including this putback slam after a missed shot by John Wall. This was one of Morris' 12 rebounds. He had a double-double for the second consecutive game, the first time he's done that since January of 2015 when he was with the Suns:
Wall didn't get an assist for that one, but he did for this Morris dunk:
3. Okay, fine. You want more dunks? This was probably the best one of the game. Bradley Beal drove baseline and finished with a double pump, two-handed slam:
4. Otto Porter was the star of the game for the Wizards with 25 points including a career-high six threes. His sixth was this well-timed shot in the fourth quarter:
Let's take another look at that celebration. Otto was feeling it:
When you're on the way home after a win & there's no metro delays. 🚇 pic.twitter.com/WuRvJg1yPi— CSN Wizards (@CSNWizards) January 19, 2017
5. Wall saved his best for last. On this play he caught Marc Gasol sleeping with a half-spin move that led to an open lane to the basket once he drove baseline:
The Wizards won their 13th straight game at home and it was yet another fun one.