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Jays to have Janssen available in matinee against Angels

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5/11/2014 11:36:36 AM
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TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays will send Drew Hutchison to the mound today and could have closer Casey Janssen available out of the bullpen for the third game of a four-game set against the Los Angeles Angels.

The Jays activated Janssen from the 15-day disabled list early on Sunday. The 32-year-old has been out since the beginning of the season with a left abdominal lower back strain.

The 23-year-old Hutchison is 0-2 over his last six starts since a victory at Tampa Bay on April 1 in his first start of 2014. Hutchison allowed nine hits and five runs over eight innings of a no-decision against Philadelphia on Tuesday.

His only appearance against the Angels came May 6, 2012 in Anaheim when he gave up eight hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings of a 4-3 defeat.

Angels starter Jered Weaver is 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA over his last four starts and hasn't lost since April 6 at Houston. The right-hander threw eight strong innings in a 4-1 home win over the Yankees Monday. Weaver escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the top of the eighth. He gave up a run on six hits, walked one and struck out seven.

In 10 career starts versus Toronto, Weaver is 8-2 with a 3.68 ERA.

In taking the first two of this four-game series, the Angels have won six in a row in Toronto. Their last loss at Rogers Centre came June 30, 2012 and they have won nine of the last 10 meetings overall.

Tyler Skaggs spun eight-plus strong frames, C.J. Cron clubbed his first big league homer, and the Angels earned a 5-3 win yesterday afternoon in the second installment of this four-game series.

Skaggs (3-1) struck out four while giving up just four hits and three runs -- two earned -- over his stellar outing.

"He had some good movement on his fastball," Blue Jays catcher Erik Kratz said of Skaggs. "There weren't a lot of hard hits today."

Cron stroked a solo shot in the third inning and singled home a run in the second, while Chris Iannetta smacked a two-run homer.

"Tyler is really coming into his own. You can really see the maturation process," Iannetta said of his batterymate. "He just keeps getting better and hopefully he just keeps learning how to pitch and learning how to execute."

Toronto starter J.A. Happ (1-1) lasted just 2 1/3 innings after giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk.

Jose Bautista scored once and also knocked in a run for the Blue Jays, who came into this series with five consecutive wins.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia is scheduled to return to the team. He missed the first two contests of the series to attend his daughter's college graduation.

Casey Janssen (Photo: Brad White/Getty Images)

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