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American League Preview from The Sports Network



Friday, August 2nd (All times Eastern)

Toronto Blue Jays (50-58) at LA Angels of Anaheim (49-58), 10:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Todd Redmond (1-1, 3.81) LA Angels - Tommy Hanson (4-2, 5.15)

(Sports Network) - Todd Redmond tries to follow up the best outing of his career on Friday when the Toronto Blue Jays continue a four-game set with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium.

Redmond was terrific against Houston on Sunday, as he allowed just a run and three hits in six innings. However, he did not get a decision in his team's 2-1 win and is 1-1 on the year to go along with a 3.81 ERA.

"I just come up here and try to keep the guys in the game so we can have a chance to win," Redmond said.

Redmond takes the hill one night after Josh Johnson was again brutal for the Blue Jays. Mark Trumbo clubbed a two-run homer and Garrett Richards spun seven strong innings, as Los Angeles rolled to an 8-2 win.

J.B. Shuck finished with three RBI, while Josh Hamilton and Howie Kendrick each knocked in a run for the Angels, who were coming off three straight walk- off losses to the Texas Rangers.

With the offense providing plenty of run support, Richards (3-4) did his part by limiting the Blue Jays to two runs on four hits and a pair of walks while striking out four to notch the victory.

"I threw strikes down in the zone," Richards said of his outing. "When the guys put up runs early, it makes my job easier."

Meanwhile, the struggles continued for Johnson (1-8), who surrendered seven runs -- six earned -- on 10 hits and two walks over 2 1/3 frames to absorb his sixth straight loss.

"Josh is searching for answers," Toronto manager John Gibbons said of his starter. "We were hoping to get four or five innings. He's a guy you root for. He's rock bottom right now. The results are not there."

Colby Rasmus scored once and registered two of the six hits for the Blue Jays, who lost for only the third time in their last eight tries.

Getting the call for the Halos on Friday will be righty Tommy Hanson, who is 4-2 with a 5.15 ERA. Hanson did not get a decision on Sunday in Oakland, but was not sharp, as he surrendered five runs with four hits and five walks in just 4 2/3 innings.

"The problem was the walks," Hanson said. "You get a five-run lead after two and start walking guys, it's not how you draw it up."

Hanson beat the Jays the only other time he faced them.

The Blue Jays and Angels split their eight meetings last season.

08/02 10:35:09 ET

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