Series: Game 1 of 4

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 5/5)

Game 1: Friday, May 5
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Game 2: Saturday, May 6
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Game 3: Sunday, May 7
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Game 4: Monday, May 8
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Angels 3

(13-17, 7-9 away)

Blue Jays 13

(15-13, 9-6 home)

    7:07 PM ET, May 5, 2006

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: G. Chacin (5-1)

    L: E. Santana (2-1)

    Angels take new-found offense to Toronto

    LA Angels (13-16) at Toronto (14-13) 7:07 pm EDT

    TORONTO (Ticker) - With a new catcher on board, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will look to continue their offensive resurgence.

    After a home run in Mike Napoli's first major league at-bat sparked an end to the Angels' six-game losing streak, Anaheim will visit the Toronto Blue Jays for the first of three games in Rogers Centre on Friday.

    Napoli's third-inning homer provided the first of seven runs in Thursday's victory against Detroit, marking Anaheim's best offensive production in a game since scoring 10 times against Minnesota on April 19. The Angels had managed just 10 runs and 27 hits over their previous five games.

    Anaheim will seek continued production against Gustavo Chacin (4-1, 4.70 ERA), who is coming off his first loss of 2006. Despite allowing only two runs and six hits and registering a season-high six strikeouts, Chacin was saddled with a 4-1 loss against the New York Yankees on Sunday.

    In two career starts against the Angels, Chacin has gone 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA. He gave up six hits in eight innings of an 8-0 triumph here on July 26.

    Anaheim will counter with Ervin Santana (2-0, 3.73), who has won his last six decisions dating to last year.

    In his only previous start against the Blue Jays, Santana allowed four runs - three earned - and six innings on August 15. He was not involved in the decision as the Angels needed an RBI single by Darin Erstad in the bottom of the 11th to post a 5-4 triumph.

    That represented Anaheim's only victory in six meetings with the Blue Jays last year.

    Despite a two-run homer by former Angel Troy Glaus, the Blue Jays took a 7-4 loss in Thursday's finale of a two-game series in Boston. The World Series Most Valuable Player while with Anaheim in 2002, Glaus has had each of his last six hits go for extra bases (three homers, three doubles).

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    Gameday Matchup

     Los AngelesToronto
    Current StreakL1W2
    Last 107-37-3

    Pitching Matchup

    Los AngelesToronto
    E. Santana
    16-8, 4.28 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/29 at LAA
    7.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = Win
    G. Chacin
    9-4, 5.05 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/29 at NYY
    4.2 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Los AngelesToronto
    1. C. Figgins, LF A. Rios, RF
    2. O. Cabrera, SS F. Catalanotto, LF
    3. G. Anderson, DH V. Wells, CF
    4. V. Guerrero, RF T. Glaus, 3B
    5. H. Kendrick, 1B L. Overbay, 1B
    6. E. Alfonzo, 3B S. Hillenbrand, DH
    7. J. Molina, C B. Molina, C
    8. T. Murphy, CF R. Adams, SS
    9. A. Kennedy, 2B A. Hill, 2B