TORONTO (AP) -- Gustavo Chacin hasn't created near the stir
Fernando Valenzuela did in his rookie season. There are still some
similarities according to Mike Scioscia, who manages against one
and caught the other.
"I saw a little Fernando in him," said Scioscia, the Angels
manager who formed a very successful battery with Valenzuela for
the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1981 to 1990. "That guy pitched a
Chacin (10-5), pitching against the Angels for the first time in
his career, and Miguel Batista combined on the eight-hitter. The
Angels have been shut out five times this season.
"Any time we had a count in our favor or had a chance to do
something he came up with a great pitch," Scioscia said.
Asked why he reminded him of Valenzuela, Scioscia said it was
his "ability give his fastball a little more life by riding it up
in the zone."
Staked to a 7-0 lead in the fourth, Chacin allowed six hits,
struck out three and walked one to lower his ERA 3.45, which puts
him in the top 10 in the AL in ERA. The 24-year-left-hander with
the Fernando-like delivery has won four straight starts.
Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi said earlier this season
that Chacin reminded him of Valenzuela, who became the first
pitcher to win both the Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young Award
in the same season -- 1981.
Chacin said he was thrilled with what he has done in his first
"Ten wins is great. I just have to keep it going," Chacin
Hillenbrand had three hits for the Blue Jays, who moved one game
over .500 (50-49).
Toronto third baseman Corey Koskie went 1-for-4 with a walk in
his first game since breaking a thumb on May 19. The Blue Jays also
announced that ace Roy Halladay could return as early as next week
after being sidelined since July 8 when he was hit with a line
drive that broke a bone in his left leg.
Los Angeles' Vladimir Guerrero, who entered the game in a
14-for-80 (.175) slump in July, went 3-for-4. The 2004 AL MVP's
worst career month for average is .308.
Angels starter Paul Byrd (9-7) allowed a season-high seven runs
and 10 hits in three-plus innings.
"It's frustrating for me that I could only give us three
innings," Byrd said. "I feel like I dropped the ball. I have to
pick us up in my next outing."
Byrd walked the first batter he faced, Russ Adams, before Frank
Catalanotto singled. One batter later, Hillenbrand homered over the
left field wall.
Toronto scored four runs in the fourth. Eric Hinske led off with
a single and scored on Alex Rios' RBI double. After Orlando Hudson
followed with a run-scoring double, Adams chased Byrd with an RBI
Hillenbrand added an RBI single off Kevin Gregg to make it 7-0.
Toronto manager John Gibbons said rookie third baseman
Aaron Hill and first baseman Hinske will continue to get at-bats
despite the return of Koskie. Hill hit .306 as Koskie's
replacement, and the Blue Jays say they are going to make room for
him although he didn't start Tuesday's game. Hillenbrand played
first, while Hinske was the DH. Hill is in a 1-for-26 slump. ...
The Angels played the first game of a six-game trip to Toronto and