Salmon doubled in the first inning of the Angels’ 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, extending his hitting streak to 18 games—the longest current streak in the majors.
“I’m aware of it,” Salmon said. “It’s something new and something that I haven’t done before. I’ll enjoy it while it happens, but I don’t expect it to last. You’re going to have those days where you don’t get a hit.
“If I go about 20 more, then we can start talking.”
Salmon, who is hitting .347 (25-for-72) with four homers and 14 RBIs during the streak, said despite his hitting success, he hasn’t been feeling all that comfortable at the plate.
“That goes to show how the game goes,” Salmon said. “I’m not locked in by any means. I’ve had some good at-bats, and I feel decent, but I’ve had a lot of bad at-bats, too.”
Anaheim’s series finale with Cleveland was rained out Thursday, giving the Angels a two-game sweep. The Angels outscored the struggling Indians 16-3.
The Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep by Texas with a 7-6 win on Thursday.
Frank Catalanotto hit a home run in a six-run second inning for Toronto, which has won just twice in its last five.
STANDINGS: Angels - 3rd place, 3 1/2 GB, AL West. Blue Jays - 4th place, 11 1/2 GB, AL East.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Lackey (1-2, 7.76 ERA). Lackey gave up four earned runs and nine hits over seven innings of the Angels’ 6-4 loss to Boston on Sunday, but did not receive a decision. In his only career start against the Blue Jays, he gave up four earned runs and five hits over six innings in an 11-4 win on Aug. 10.
BLUE JAYS PROBABLE STARTER: Cory Lidle (3-2, 5.75 ERA). Lidle gave up two earned runs and five hits over 5 2-3 innings in Toronto’s 9-6 loss to Kansas City on Saturday, but did not receive a decision. In nine career appearances, including eight starts, against the Angels, he is 2-1 with a 3.59 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Angels - Brad Fullmer, .392 avg.; Salmon, 6 HRs; Garret Anderson, 22 RBIs; Darin Erstad and Salmon, 18 runs; Eric Owens, 6 SBs. Blue Jays - Carlos Delgado, .350 avg., 8 HRs, 28 RBIs and 22 runs; Orlando Hudson, 2 SBs.
2002 SEASON SERIES: Angels, 7-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Angels - DH Fullmer, who played for Toronto from 2000-01, became just the second Anaheim player to finish April as the AL’s leading hitter (.392). OF Erstad did it in 2000. … The Angels claimed LHP Eric Cyr from the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday and assigned him to Double-A Arkansas. … Anaheim’s bullpen ranked second in the AL (third in the majors) with a 2.49 ERA heading into Thursday’s games. Blue Jays - RF Catalanotto has at least one hit in 19 of his 22 starts. … Manager Carlos Tosca will miss Friday’s and Saturday’s games so he can attend his daughter’s graduation. First base coach John Gibbons will replace him as manager. … The Blue Jays rank third in the AL with 160 runs scored.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Angels - 5-7 on the road; Blue Jays - 5-10 at home.
INJURIES: Angels - OF Erstad (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Kevin Appier (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Aaron Sele (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL. Blue Jays - RHP Bob File (shoulder), 15-day DL.