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LA Angels0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 163
Toronto0 7 3 4 0 0 0 1 x 15140
  W: S. Matz (2-0)   L: J. Quintana (0-1)   S: T. Milone (1)
4:07 PM PT5:07 PM MT6:07 PM CT7:07 PM ET19:07 ET23:07 GMT7:07 4:07 PM MST6:07 PM EST6:37 PM VEN3:07 UAE (+1)5:07 PM CT, April 10, 2021
TD Ballpark, Dunedin, Florida  Attendance: 1,292

Shohei Ohtani, Angels try to continue hot start vs. Jays

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Los Angeles Angels at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. The Angels nearly swept the season series with the Blue Jays in 2019, winning the first six meetings before dropping the final game. That tied the best single-season record by either team in this series -- Los Angeles also went 6-1 in 2013.
  2. The Angels split a two-game set with Houston at home, hitting a single home run in each game. The Halos have homered in each of their first six games of the season, tied for the second-longest such streak to start a season in franchise history and one shy of the longest such streak (2015, seven).
  3. The Blue Jays have dropped back-to-back games after a 3-1 start to the season. Toronto batters have hit nine home runs this season, with at least one in each game, but have drawn just 13 walks. That is the franchise's fewest walks drawn through six games of a season since 2006 (12).
  4. Mike Trout homered in both games against the Astros, his first two home runs of the season. Trout was 13-for-28 with four home runs in seven games against the Blue Jays in 2019. Trout's 1.013 career OPS against Toronto is fourth best all-time (minimum 150 plate appearances).
  5. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has a .985 OPS through six games this season. Guerrero started slowly in his two previous seasons with a .551 and .487 OPS through six games of 2020 and 2019, respectively.
  6. Griffin Canning will make his season debut for the Angels. Canning started the 2020 season with an 0-3 record and 4.88 ERA in his first six starts. Then, Canning went 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA in his last five starts. Canning has not allowed a home run to his last 83 batters faced.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/8/2021 thru 4/11/2021

Shohei Ohtani is unable to pitch this weekend, but his bat has given the visiting Los Angeles Angels a chance to clinch their series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night at Dunedin, Fla.

Ohtani had a three-run double and a solo homer Friday as the Angels defeated the Blue Jays 7-1. They have won 12 of their past 15 games against the Blue Jays.

The Angels have won the first two games of the four-game series. They have matched a franchise best with their 6-2 start, having won six of their first eight games twice before.

It was the fourth loss in a row for the Blue Jays, who are in a hitting drought. "We've just got to relax a little bit and get good pitches," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "Right now, as a team, we're expanding the zone a lot and we're paying the price."

Ohtani, who is the designated hitter when he does not pitch, will miss a pitching start that was going to be either Saturday or Sunday because of a blister on his right middle finger. It also was an issue in an exhibition start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 29.

"(Ohtani's) fine," Angels manager Joe Maddon said. "He'll be back out there. We just want to make sure that it's well and it doesn't continue to pop up. There's nothing else to report, he's fine."

Ohtani said after his last start on Sunday that the blister wasn't a problem, He left that outing after landing awkwardly on a play at home plate against the Chicago White Sox. He left the game because of his pitch count.

He showed Friday that the blister does not affect his hitting.

The Angels will start left-hander Jose Quintana (0-0, 10.80 ERA) on Saturday. He will face Toronto left-hander Steven Matz (1-0, 1.42).

In 10 career starts against the Blue Jays, Quintana is 7-2 with a 1.88 ERA and 61 strikeouts. His last start against Toronto was Aug. 19, 2017, for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. He ranks second all-time in ERA among pitchers to make at least 10 career starts against Toronto. Alex Fernandez posted a 1.80 ERA against Toronto in 18 starts for the White Sox and Marlins from 1990-2000.

Matz was impressive in his Blue Jays debut April 5 at Arlington, Texas, when he struck out nine and allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings. He has never faced the Angels.

The Angels lost outfielder Dexter Fowler (knee contusion) Friday after a play at second base in the second inning.

The Blue Jays had to make changes before the game on Friday. Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez was placed on the injured list because of exposure to a positive COVID-19 case with a close contact outside of the team.

Left-hander Ryan Borucki (side effects from a COVID-19 vaccine) went on the IL and outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (nausea after a COVID-19 vaccine) left the game after the second inning. Right-hander Tyler Chatwood (right-triceps inflammation) was put on the 10-day IL. Outfielder Josh Palacios and right-handers Joel Payamps, Ty Tice were recalled from the Blue Jays' alternate training site.

Palacios was 0-for-3 Friday in his major league debut, and Tice pitched two scoreless innings in his first big-league game.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 10, 2021

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