Swings, no stings: Blue Jays-Angels delayed by swarm of bees

Last year, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during spring training, but aggressive rehabilitation enabled the right-hander to return to the mound in mid-September and win all four of his regular-season starts, then add a victory over the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series.

"Eddie is steady", said manager John Gibbons.

"Beej has been good for us all year and for a young kid without a lot of experience we've found a real keeper in him", said Dickey. "I think the thing that we all need to do, this is not a time for ego or hubris. And if we're not, we won't".

The Jays are 8-0 in their last eight during game four of a series, 0-5 in Stroman's last five road starts, and 8-3 in their last 11 against the AL West while the Angels are 4-0 in their last four Sunday games, 2-8 in their last 10 games overall, and 1-6 in their last seven against a righty. The Blue Jays have a chance to become the first team in major league history to have its starters lead in innings pitched without throwing a complete game. "But that just showed me how strong I am to get through that on my own, and be able to change my mechanics mid-season and have success".

"It was awesome, it's something that you think about for a long time", Meyer said. "I didn't want to face them with guys on base from the get-go, but that's how it was". "I'm really happy to be part of that group".

Meyer worked with pitching coach Charles Nagy and special assistant to the general manager Bud Black over the last few days to move his arm slot higher, closer to where it was when he pitched in college at Kentucky. "His stuff out there today was explosive". He's got good life on it and he has good movement, and he spins the ball well. Stroman was roughed up in his only two appearances (one start) versus the Angels in 2014, surrendering nine earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.Meyer suffered his second setback in as many starts since arriving from Minnesota in the Hector Santiago trade on August 1, allowing four runs - including a pair of homers - over as many innings in a home loss to Seattle on Tuesday.

In the third inning, Toronto threatened when the No. 8 hitter Barney singled to left, followed by No. 9 hitter Josh Thole, who beat out an infield single.

BIAGINI BOUNCE BACK: The run expectancy for a bases loaded, none out situation is 2.282 runs, per Fangraphs, which underlines how good the work of Joe Biagini was in the sixth inning of Friday night's 5-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels. The Indiana native has yet to earn a victory in six big-league appearances (three starts), failing to log more than four innings or 76 pitches in any of them. Russell Martin lined a single to left field and stole second base before Michael Saunders walked with one out.

Angels: C Jett Bandy remained out of the lineup with a sore back. Then they go back home to meet the Blue Jays in what could be a pivotal season-ending three-game series.

Nolasco was charged with the loss in his last start Monday against the Seattle Mariners, working six innings and giving up four runs, six hits with three strikeouts and a walk. He allowed 38 earned runs and 67 hits in 45 1/3 innings while opponents batted.353. He lost a 2-1 decision to Seattle on July 22 in Toronto and is 0-3 with a 5.82 ERA in three career starts against Seattle.