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Latos to pitch for Blue Jays against Angels on Friday

June 23 2017, 03:22 | Van Peters

Latos to pitch for Blue Jays against Angels on Friday

Latos to pitch for Blue Jays against Angels on Friday

The Blue Jays will recall right-hander Mat Latos from triple-A Buffalo to start against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Toronto manager John Gibbons was ejected for arguing the call, and the Angels scored on back-to-back singles immediately afterward.

Offense has played a huge role in the Blue Jays' 4-12 start to the season.

This season has started off in disastrous fashion for the Blue Jays.

While the team has struggled in multiple categories early on, injuries have also stricken some of the club's top players in recent days.

Chicago Cubs 12 Cincinnati Reds 8: The Cubs continue to have a good time in Cincinnati, getting a couple of 3-run homers from Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward, while Wilson Contreras provided a grand slam home run that put the game to bed.

ANAHEIM - And then there are nights like Saturday, when it all seems so effortless, so simple. Now for you young folk out there, this was an era when I rushed to the mailbox each week to get my Sporting News, which was my sole source of Blue Jays news. He is a 10-year veteran with a career record of 27-43 for seven teams, including two stints with Toronto in 2012 and 2016.

Daniel Wright pitched five innings of scoreless three-hit ball in his first start of the season for the Angels, who are desperate for quality innings with eight pitchers already on their disabled list. Their third reliever, Deolis Guerra (0-1), gave up the go-ahead homer by Travis, who was off to a 6-for-57 start to the season. The Blue Jays were in search of their initial winning streak of the season after Jose Bautista ended his season-opening homer drought with a three-run shot in the 13th inning on Friday.

Skaggs (1-1) mixed and matched his pitches well, changing speeds and keeping the Blue Jays off balance and off base. "Obviously Simmons is known for those kinds of double plays".

Travis was on base for the Goins homer after reaching on a double and no doubt relieved that he's starting to hit after a slow start that had him batting.109 on the season entering Sunday's game. It had a gnarly, laid-out catch from Kole Calhoun in the outfield.

Kendrys Morales struck out to end Toronto's threat in the eighth. Pujols had a bases-loaded double in the third, moving him into a tie with Manny Ramirez for 18th on baseball's RBI list at 1,831. Actually, Lawrence stayed in the game to deliver an intentional walk to Albert Pujols.

Given the concerns for many of their biggest players - the health issues for the rotation, the disabled list for Josh Donaldson, the total offensive disappearance of Bautista - the team is now in a position where they nearly need to rely on players stepping up from unlikely sources in order to win.



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