Jeff Weaver was told before batting practice Wednesday that he will indeed be starting for the Dodgers on Saturday against the Angels, meaning he will be facing off against his brother Jered. The only thing that would derail the outing is if Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda can’t make it out of the early innings in tonight’s start.
It will be the first time brothers have faced each other in a big-league game since 2002 when Alan Benes of the Cubs faced Andy Benes of the Cardinals. Brothers have squared off against each other 20 times in history, with Joe and Phil Niekro matching up nine of those times. In 1996, the Dodgers’ Ramon Martinez faced his brother Pedro of the Expos.
– Doug Padilla