Jered Weaver is coming off his best outing of the year, and the Angels' ace will look to carry that momentum into Sunday's matchup against the Blue Jays.
The veteran right-hander pitched a season-high eight innings of one-run ball in a win over the Yankees on Monday, improving his record to 3-2 in seven starts after beginning the year 0-2. He has a 1.78 ERA in his last four starts.
"I've always felt ... that I was going to get stronger as the season went on, and I think we saw a little glimpse of that today," Weaver said following the win over the Yanks. "Hopefully, this is a step in the right direction."
History is on Weaver's side, as the 31-year-old owns an 8-2 lifetime record against the Blue Jays. He'll face a lineup that has struggled to produce offense against the Halos so far in the series. Toronto has managed six runs in two losses to Los Angeles, compared to the 22 it scored in two games against Philadelphia earlier this week.
Drew Hutchison will get the start for the Blue Jays. The 23-year-old pitched a career-high eight innings vs. the Phillies in his latest start. He was nearly flawless outside of a five-run sixth, which featured a grand slam by Cody Asche. Hutchison battled back to retire his final seven hitters.
Toronto manager John Gibbons said Hutchison's bounce-back response to the grand slam was a testament to his character.
"He showed us what he is all about," Gibbons said. "It was a rough inning, he almost got out of it and Asche had such a big day all around, it was his night, too. But that's where you find out about a guy, and he came back with two dominating innings. That's big for him."
The Angels have taken the first two games of the four-game set between the two teams, and they own a lifetime record of 194-193 vs. the Blue Jays.
Blue Jays: Bautista could tie team record
Jose Bautista has now reached base safely in all 37 games to start the season, the longest such streak in the Majors. He's now one game away from tying a streak of 38 games set by Carlos Delgado in 1998.
Angels: Santiago will see use in bullpen
The Halos won't shy away from using Hector Santiago in high-leverage spots. And, really, they have no choice.
Santiago, who was removed from Los Angeles' rotation on Friday after going 0-6 with a 5.19 ERA over seven starts, is currently the only left-hander in the Angels' bullpen.
"With Hector, getting him out there and getting him in and facing a left-hander, you have to get him in there," said acting manager Dino Ebel. "He has to get his chance."
Santiago was originally slated to start Tuesday's series opener in Philadelphia, and the Halos have yet to announce who will take his place in the rotation.
• With their win on Saturday, the Angels have won nine of their last 10 games vs. the Blue Jays.
• After hitting a double in the seventh inning on Saturday, all six of Steve Tolleson's hits this season have gone for extra bases (four doubles, two triples).
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.