American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, June 30th
(All times Eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (43-34) at Toronto Blue Jays (39-38), 1:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Garrett Richards (2-0, 1.63)
Toronto - Henderson Alvarez (4-6, 4.36)
(Sports Network) - The LA Angels of Anaheim will try to bounce back today as
they square off with the Toronto Blue Jays in the third portion of a four-game
series at Rogers Centre.
Ervin Santana unraveled after three innings and allowed five runs in the
bottom of the fourth in Friday's game. The Angels eventually lost 7-5 which
snapped their four-game winning streak and dropped them 5 1/2 games behind the
"Ervin got through the first couple of innings and in the fourth just missed
with some spots." Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Offensively, the Angels were able to produce hits but struggled when it
mattered, going 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and leaving five men
on base. Torii Hunter went 3-for-4 with an RBI after going hitless in five at-
bats in the series opener.
Albert Pujols hit his third double in two games as his batting average
continues to rise. Pujols is now batting .273 for the season with 12 home runs
and 47 RBI.
The Angels are still remarkably good on the road recently with a 14-2 mark
over their last 16 games away from home.
The Angels will turn the ball over to right-hander Garrett Richards for
today's contest. Richards has been doing his best to cement himself as a full-
time member of the Angels' rotation with four straight quality starts. He had
his least impressive start of the season his last time out with three earned
runs and nine allowed hits in 6 2/3 innings. Still, Richards comes in with an
impressive 2-0 record and a 1.63 earned run average.
Toronto will counter with Henderson Alvarez. The righty is returning to the
mound after soreness in his right elbow sent him to the showers early on
Monday. Alvarez received word from team doctors to return to action today.
Thanks to some run support, the right-hander picked up a win on Monday versus
Boston. The victory snapped a seven-game streak of starts without a
winning decision. Alvarez has surrendered 17 hits, three walks, and nine
earned runs while striking out only three in his last nine innings.
Yunel Escobar came up big with an RBI double in the seventh inning to put the
Blue Jays on top for good in Friday's bout. Adam Lind added two home runs and
knocked in four for Toronto, which snapped a three-game slide. Lind's
strong showing brought his average above .200 after a slow start to the
"My confidence was pretty good at Triple-A," Lind said. "You can raise your
confidence there rather quickly. All I did was work down there, even tonight
after the game, I'm working out, staying on the regimen they want me on. I've
been here long enough that tonight was good, but the most important thing is
J.P. Arencibia got into the mix on Friday with a double as well.
The Angels and Jays split a four-game series in Anaheim back in early May.
06/30 11:02:06 ET