Tony Gwynn & Jeff Passan: These teams turn it around
Glaus spent his first seven seasons with the Angels, capturing World Series MVP honors in 2002. He ranks fourth on the club’s all-time list with 182 homers and third in slugging percentage at .497.
The third baseman was signed as a free agent by Arizona before last season and batted .258 with 37 homers and 97 RBIs for the Diamondbacks.
The slugger was one of several high-profile acquisitions in the offseason for Toronto (14-13) along with starter A.J. Burnett and closer B.J. Ryan. Glaus is tied for the team lead with nine homers this season, and connected in the eighth inning of Thursday’s 7-4 loss at Boston to break out of an 0-for-10 slump.
The Blue Jays have won seven of their last eight meetings with the Angels (13-16) after going 5-1 against them last season. Toronto swept last year’s three-game set at Rogers Centre, capping the series with a 2-1 win in 18 innings on July 28 in the longest game in Blue Jays history.
Gustavo Chacin (4-1, 4.70 ERA) tries to bounce back Friday after his first loss of the season for Toronto. Chacin pitched well in defeat, giving up two runs and six hits over six innings in a 4-1 road loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday.
He missed a chance to become the first Toronto starter to win five starts in April.
“I think he’s our MVP so far. Every time he’s on the mound, he gives us a chance to win,” Toronto’s Vernon Wells said.
The left-hander went 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts against Los Angeles last season
Chacin is 4-0 with a 3.95 ERA over his last four home starts, and has won eight of his last 11 decisions at Rogers Centre.
Toronto completed a 3-4 road trip with Thursday’s loss. Josh Towers became the first six-game loser in the majors, giving up five runs in the first inning in being beaten by Boston for the third time this season.
Wells doubled in front of Glaus’ homer on Friday to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 27 games to start the season.
Los Angeles ended a six-game slide with a 7-2 victory at Detroit on Thursday. Vladimir Guerrero and Casey Kotchman homered and Mike Napoli also connected in his first major league at-bat as part of a 15-hit attack.
“I was pretty hyped up,” said Napoli, who was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake before the game. “It was hard for me to go to sleep.”
The Angels had managed only 10 runs and 27 hits over their previous five games.
Ervin Santana (2-0, 2.73) tries for his first road victory of the season Friday for Los Angeles. Santana has posted a 4.97 ERA in his first two road outings, failing to receive a decision on both occasions.
The right-hander also did not receive a decision in his last start on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox, allowing five runs and eight hits over seven innings in Los Angeles’ 6-5 loss.
Santana is facing Toronto for the second time in his career after allowing four runs and six hits over six innings in a 5-4, 11-inning victory by the Angels last Aug. 15.