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Saturday, August 3rd (All times Eastern)

Toronto Blue Jays (50-59) at LA Angels of Anaheim (50-58), 9:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Esmil Rogers (3-5, 4.36) LA Angels - Jered Weaver (5-5, 2.84)

(Sports Network) - The LA Angels of Anaheim will try to earn their third straight win against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday in the third portion of this weekend's four-game series at Angel Stadium.

Garrett Richards pitched seven strong innings and allowed just two runs to power the Angels to a win in Thursday's series opener.

On Friday, the Angels got in the win column again with a 7-5 victory thanks to some clutch hitting in the eighth inning.

Trailing 5-4 in the frame, J.B. Shuck ripped an RBI triple to right field to tie the game. Two batters later, Kole Calhoun hit a home run to right field and gave the Angels the lead for good.

Calhoun went 4-for-5 in the contest. Dane De LA Rosa pitched a scoreless top of the eighth inning to earn the win and Ernesto Frieri struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to collect his 26th save.

Steve Delabar was responsible for the loss for Toronto as he gave up three runs on three hits in his lone inning of work. Jose Reyes went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Blue Jays offensively.

Esmil Rogers will get the start in the third game of this series on Saturday.

Rogers began the season in the bullpen for the Blue Jays but after making his first start of the season on June 13, he has been a steady force in the rotation.

The right-hander has made 11 starts total this season but has pitched in 34 games total. Overall, he is 3-5 with a 4.36 ERA. As a starter, Rogers is 2-3 with a 4.43 ERA compared to a 1-2 mark and 4.23 ERA in relief.

Rogers had a start to forget his last time out. In a 9-4 loss to Oakland, Rogers was lit up for eight runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. Rogers has allowed 10 or more hits in three of his last five outings.

Though he has not pitched against the Angels this season, Rogers does have some experience against them. In four relief appearances, Rogers owns a 10.13 ERA against Los Angeles.

The Angels will counter with ace Jered Weaver, who has been pitching at an extremely high level of late.

In his last start against Texas earlier this week, Weaver was sensational in allowing just one run on five hits over seven innings of work. Unfortunately, Weaver did not factor in the decision. Weaver has allowed one or fewer runs in six of his last seven games pitched. He has also won four of the last five decisions.

Despite being slowed by injury earlier in the season, Weaver has continued to be one of the best pitchers in baseball this season. Though at 5-5 his record is off the pace of his 20-victory effort from a year ago, Weaver still owns an impressive 2.84 ERA and is striking out 7.4 batters per nine innings which is right in line with his career average (7.6).

Weaver has not faced Toronto this season and in his career owns a 4-2 record with a 3.93 ERA in eight total starts.

This is the first series between these clubs this season.

08/03 10:41:27 ET

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Final
ECU 58
FRES 52
2nd
CIN 45
NCCU 39
 
3rd
WAS 46
ATL 43
 
2nd
MIA 48
GSW 36
 
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MIL 22
DET 22
 
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NOP 11
SAC 19
 
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DEN
CHI
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UMO 21
OHIO 7
 
Final
ECU 58
FRES 52
Final
ELON 74
MRGST 73
 
Final
MIZZ 61
PURD 82
Final
MAR 55
HAW 62
Final
UNF 77
LIB 57
 
Final
CHAM 85
BYU 121
Final
BUCK 58
MDES 55
 
Final
UGST 85
WCU 70
 
Final
UWGB 64
EVAN 62
 
2nd
ARST 47
ALA 42
 
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OHIO 46
ARKPB 45
 
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UNH 51
BU 49
 
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OU 56
CHIST 42
 
2nd
TOL 53
DET 55
 
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CLMB 34
FD 33
 
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QUIN 34
HART 0
 
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SFLA 42
HOF 49
 
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HARV 62
HOU 48
 
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BONA 46
JST 43
 
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STJOE 51
LIU 45
 
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SYR 42
GHND 17
 
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MLOWELL 71
MTIDA 42
 
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CIN 45
NCCU 39
 
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VT 35
NIOWA 48
 
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WOFF 68
OHVALLEY 50
 
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TEMPL 56
PENN 46
 
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RUTG 32
PETE 47
 
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BGU 41
SEMIZ 40
 
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LAS 51
Terriers 41
 
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UVA 66
TENST 24
 
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KENT 68
TXARL 28
 
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FSU 43
CITA 33
 
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PBY 60
TOCC 32
 
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COOK 36
TENNM 45
 
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WMARY 73
WILL 39
 
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USB 46
WKENT 41
 
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HIGH 68
WMPEACE 47
 
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SMU 22
ARK 33
 
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ARMY 38
BING 23
 
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CSOU 41
CARK 24
 
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UMBC 24
HOW 31
 
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ARZ 31
KYST 30
 
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OREG 27
VCU 35
 
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PSU 12
AKR 22
 
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SCST 13
CIU 7
 
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CREI 25
EILL 16
 
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ALAAM 6
JVST 18
 
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ABCHRIST 16
JCHR 8
 
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TXSA 16
LOYC 17
 
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NDST 19
MNCROOK 12
 
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NEB 15
NEOM 23
 
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NORST 11
 
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NCAT 7
 
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MTST 15
NARZ 16
 
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TTU 2
NWST 1
 
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TULA 17
SOUTH 14
 
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ILLCH 21
STXAVIER 14
 
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TEX 25
RFLSH 16
 
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BRAD 12
TAMCC 6
 
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SMISS 17
TROY 14
 
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DRAK 17
IUPUI 9
 
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ARKST 11
LAM 12
 
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USC
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CLB 1
WIN 1
 
1st
NAS 1
LOS 0
 
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STL 0
OTT 0
 
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ARI
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