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Though it took almost two months, Jered Weaver will finally make his 2013 home debut for the Los Angeles Angels.

After missing more than seven weeks with a fractured elbow, Weaver returns Wednesday night looking to help the Angels avoid a third straight loss to the Dodgers when the Freeway Series moves to Anaheim for two games.

A 20-game winner in 2012, Weaver (0-1, 4.91 ERA) injured his non-pitching arm while dodging a line drive during a 7-3 loss at Texas on April 7. The right-hander allowed five runs and walked four in five innings of that contest.

The Angels (23-39) hope Weaver regains the form from his first start of the season, when he gave up a run and two hits in six innings of a 3-1 win at Cincinnati on April 1. After going 5 2-3 innings during an extended spring training game last week, Weaver appears ready to face the Dodgers (22-28).

''It's hard to believe it's been two months since he's been out there,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. ''Weave is a guy who sets the tone for our whole rotation. I know he's itching to go, and hopefully he'll give us a lift.''

Weaver is 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA in nine starts against the Dodgers, last facing it in 2011. A strained lower back caused him to miss the Freeway Series last season.

''I don't think we'll see him go out there and throw 100-110 pitches tomorrow,'' Scioscia said, ''but he'll have enough to get to a certain point in the game, hopefully, and our bullpen can help out.''

The Angels were riding a season-high eight-game winning streak before dropping both contests at Dodger Stadium. A night after the Dodgers rallied from a 6-1 deficit to win 8-7, Hyun-Jin Ryu tossed a two-hitter to hand the Angels a 3-0 loss Tuesday.

With slugger Josh Hamilton scratched because of back spasms, the Angels hardly posed a threat against Ryu, getting hits from Howie Kendrick and Chris Ianetta.

It's uncertain if Hamilton will play in Anaheim, where the Angels are looking to match a season high with their fifth straight victory.

Albert Pujols went 0 for 3 on Tuesday, but is batting .553 with five home runs against the Dodgers' Chris Capuano (1-3, 5.60).

The left-hander had allowed one run and five hits each time in two straight starts before giving up six runs in five innings of a 7-0 loss to St. Louis on Friday.

"For a stretch of a few pitches, I'd be real spot-on with location, and then I'd kind of fly open and yank a few and miss my spots,'' Capuano said. "I just didn't make enough good pitches. I still feel like if I'm making my pitches, like I did the last two starts, I don't care who I'm facing. I'll get them out."

He is 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts against the Angels, giving up a run without a walk in seven innings of a 3-1 road win June 23.

Light-hitting infielder Luis Cruz hit a two-run homer Tuesday for the Dodgers, 9-7 since a season-high eight-game losing streak.

Teammate Matt Kemp doubled for his only hit in 14 at-bats over five games.

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