Los Angeles (46-40) at Toronto (39-48)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Toronto, ON
Temp: 43° F
  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Jul 11, 2004
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The surging Anaheim Angels look to complete a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays at SkyDome.

Anaheim has won two straight and four of five to move within 2 1/2 games of first-place Texas in the AL West. Entering the All-Star break, the Angels would like to avoid a second straight second- half collapse.

Anaheim went 49-43 in the first half of last season after winning the World Series in 2002, but they went 28-42 the rest of the way to miss out on the playoffs.

The Angels were not afraid to spend money on free agents over the winter and they could be active in the trade market before the deadline on July 31. Like most teams, Anaheim could use another starting pitcher to help boost its rotation.

Right-hander John Lackey has been in a groove of late for the Angels, going 3-1 with a 3.34 ERA over his last six starts. Lackey, who starts Sunday, is 6-8 with a 4.85 ERA on the year. He’s 1-1 with a 5.60 ERA in three career starts against Toronto.

Catcher Bengie Molina hit a grand slam during a seven-run seventh inning and right-hander Kelvim Escobar had nine strikeouts against his former team, leading the Angels over the Blue Jays 11-2 on Saturday.

Tim Salmon got his first hit against a left-hander this season by doubling off Toronto starter Ted Lilly in the fifth—ending an 0-for-40 stretch against southpaws.

“We were going to get him the ball,” Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia joked.

Salmon admitted his troubles against lefties had been weighing on him.

“It was one of those weird, crazy things that happen in this game,” Salmon said.

Josh Phelps and Reed Johnson had RBI doubles for Toronto.

Blue Jays first baseman Carlos Delgado went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts to lower his batting average to .222.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Lackey StL vs. M. Batista Col
14-13 Record 10-13
4.67 ERA 4.80
144 K 104
60 BB 96
1.39 WHIP 1.52