Hi everyone, welcome to tonight's live blog of the Angels vs. the Blue Jays. Here are your starting lineups for tonight.
Los Angeles Angels (25-24)
Chone Figgins - 3B
Bobby Abreu - RF
Vladimir Guerrero - DH
Torii Hunter - CF
Kendry Morales - 1B
Maicer Izturis - SS
Mike Napoli - C
Gary Matthews - LF
Howie Kendrick - 2B
Starting Pitcher: Joe Saunders (6-3, 3.26 ERA)
Toronto Blue Jays (29-24)
Marco Scutaro - SS
Aaron Hill - 2B
Alex Rios - RF
Vernon Wells - CF
Adam Lind - DH
Scott Rolen - 3B
Kevin Millar - 1B
Rod Barajas - C
Jose Bautista - LF
Starting Pitcher: Roy Halladay (8-1, 2.63 ERA)
In warmups, Halladay looks very strange without his beard. The last time I remember him clean shaven was back in 2007 when he came back from appendicitis.
It's great to see Kevin Millar in the lineup tonight against Joe Saunders. Millar is 6 for 12 against Saunders with 2 HR's.
Halladay has been dealt two straight no decisions - last Wednesday he left with an 8-3 lead against the Orioles. The Friday before that, he was taken out of the game in a 0-0 tie against the Braves.
If the bullpen costs Halladay another Win, some members of the bullpen might not make it out alive tomorrow.
The Doc's had a bit of trouble with the Angels career-wise. He's 7-5 with a 4.35 ERA.
Joe Saunders has a career 1-2 record against the Jays sporting a 3.62 ERA.
Up first for the Angels in the top of the 1st: Figgins, Abreu, Guerrero.
Halladay starts with a first pitch strike.
Figgins is career .227 hitter vs Halladay, 5 for 22.
Broken bat single for Figgins, as the ball sneaks past Scutaro and Rolen out into left field.
Figgins is out by a mile, trying to steal second base.
Abreu grounds out to Millar at first. 2 away.
They'll have their work cut out for them, that's for sure!
Guerrero still looking for his first HR after returning from the DL last week.
Vladdy bounces one off the plate - Halladay gets out of the inning with 9 pitches.
Angels are kicking off a 9 game road trip tonight - after Toronto, it's Tampa Bay then Detroit.
First pitch ball to Scutaro who leads off.
Swings at a breaking ball - 1-1 count.
Scutaro is hitting .500 in the last 7 days, unbelievable.
Scoots flies out to right field, and Saunders gets his first out of the inning.
Hill is a career 4 for 11 hitter vs. Saunders.
Hill pops up in foul territory for the second out of the inning.
Rios is swinging a hot stick too - .471 over the last week.
Rios grounds out - 3 up 3 down for the Jays in the bottom of the 1st.
I know Grienke has the better stats right now, but Halladay is putting together a Cy Young campaign.
Suddenly, I am inclined to try Bud Light Lime!
Hunter's up, and has 13 HR's and 41 RBI's so far this season.
Halladay gets his first strikeout of the night against Hunter.
Morales fouls, now an even count 2-2.
Second straight strikeout for Halladay. All Morales can do is shake his head and walk back to the dugout.
Izturis chops one off home plate, but Scoots gloves it and throws him out at first.
Right now Halladay is averaging 8 pitchers per inning.
Saunders gets 2 strikes on Wells quickly.