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LAA@CLE: Haren lasts eight innings, fans seven in win

A 10-game road trip for the Blue Jays starts Thursday, when they open a four-game set with the Angels, who are fresh off a revitalizing win in witnessing Jered Weaver's no-hitter on Wednesday.

Toronto has won two in a row, while the Halos are coming off a sweep of the Twins capped off by Weaver's no-no.

The rest of the Angels' rotation has performed well of late, too. Los Angeles starters have put together 11 quality starts in their past 12 games.

Right-hander Dan Haren is scheduled to start for the Halos on Thursday, coming off a one-run, eight-inning effort against the Indians in a 2-1 win on Saturday. Another righty, Brandon Morrow, goes for Toronto.

"We've gone a couple of times around the rotation now where we're getting the pitching that we feel we expected," Halos manager Mike Scioscia said. "We just haven't been able to match it with the offensive support to take advantage of it, but that pitching is really the hallmark of our club, and we need to keep getting those good starts after good starts."

Haren's ERA in his past three starts, a 22-inning span, is 1.64.

Morrow is coming off his most impressive start of the season, six shutout innings against Seattle with a season-high nine strikeouts and no walks. He improved to 2-1 in the 7-0 win and lowered his ERA to 3.03 in the process.

"He has this capability every time he steps to the mound," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "When you combine a well-above-average fastball with the command that he showed today in addition to three other offspeed pitches, he has the ability to not only take over the game, but dominate the opposition."

This series is the second of two in a seven-game homestand for the Angels.

Blue Jays: Jays have another righty in bullpen
Left-hander Evan Crawford has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas and righty Joel Carreno has been recalled. Carreno threw a scoreless ninth while striking out two in Wednesday's 11-5 win over Texas.

"We wanted to get another right-handed reliever here," Farrell said. "With today and a predominantly right-handed-hitting team in Texas and the Angels are going to be the same type of lineup, where there's primarily right-handed hitters throughout. That's where we felt another right-handed pitcher was needed. Evan was the guy who was the optionable reliever. It had nothing to do with performance or anything like that."

Angels: Speedy Trout
Angels third-base coach Dino Ebel clocked Mike Trout's time to run from first to home at 3.53 seconds on a third inning bunt single Tuesday against the Twins.

Ebel has been clocking home-to-first times since he joined Scioscia's coaching staff for the 2006 season.

Trout's time was the lowest he has ever recorded.

"That's the first one," Ebel said. "Especially from the right side of the plate. It was pretty impressive. He's blessed with speed."

Worth noting
• On June 28, 2008, Weaver and Jose Arredondo combined to hold the Dodgers hitless, but Weaver took the loss after the Angels fell, 1-0, thanks to two errors in the fifth inning. Comments