Toronto (6-3) at Texas (4-5)

Sunny Currently: Arlington, TX
Temp: 93° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Thu Apr 14, 2005
  • TV: TSN, FSSW
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His overall numbers may not show it, but Roy Halladay says he’s more than happy with his first two outings of the season.

The 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner will take the mound again for the Toronto Blue Jays when they begin a four-game series against the Texas Rangers.

In his first two starts, Halladay allowed seven runs and 16 hits over 13 innings.

The 27-year-old right-hander took a 5-1 lead over Boston into the sixth inning on Saturday before surrendering a three-run homer to David Ortiz. He was then chased in the seventh following a leadoff single by Jay Payton, who came around to score later in the inning. Toronto went on to win 12-5.

“I left the ball over the plate (to Ortiz), but other than that I felt pretty good about it,” Halladay said. “It’s tough to come back and score runs but we did and got a big win.”

The Blue Jays would like to see the next step in their ace’s progression on Thursday.

”(Roy) pitched a great game. He really did,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “He got up in pitches and tired a little bit, and then the bullpen came through.”

Halladay has not had much success against Texas in his career, going 2-4 with a 7.21 ERA in 11 appearances, including 10 starts.

Toronto had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 6-3 loss at Oakland on Wednesday. The Blue Jays entered play averaging an AL-high 6.5 runs per game before being stifled by Joe Blanton and a trio of relievers.

The Blue Jays have captured their first three series despite a .194 average from No. 3 hitter Vernon Wells. The slugging outfielder went 1-for-3 on Wednesday and is just 2-for-15 over his last four games.

The Rangers salvaged the finale of their three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels with a 7-5 win on Wednesday. Michael Young tripled in three runs and Alfonso Soriano added three hits.

Texas has recorded at least 10 hits in five straight games, batting .307 (59-for-192) in that span.

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R. Halladay Tor vs. P. Astacio Was
12-4 Record 6-10
2.41 ERA 4.69
108 K 78
18 BB 37
0.96 WHIP 1.34