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MIN@LAA: Weaver allows one run over seven strong

The challenge for Jered Weaver to keep the Angels' streak going is a similar one for most pitchers facing the Blue Jays this season: keep the ball in the park.

The Angels have won 10 straight games at home and 15 of their last 16 in Anaheim. Riding a four-game win streak overall, the Halos have won their last eight home series.

Weaver will take the mound against a dangerous Blue Jays offense that leads the Major Leagues with 114 homers. That Toronto offense will be wide-eyed facing Weaver, who's given up 16 home runs, tied for the fourth most in the American League.

In his last start, Weaver gave up five runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings against the White Sox. Four of the five runs he allowed came from two home runs.

"I just left a couple pitches up, and those guys put it where they should," Weaver said.

Since June 6, the Angels lead the AL with a 20-8 record and have swept four of their last five home series, with the most recent coming in four consecutive wins against the Astros.

The Blue Jays are coming off of a four-game series sweep at the hands of the AL West-leading A's and will have J.A. Happ on the mound facing Weaver. Since giving up seven earned runs to the Reds on June 21, Happ has allowed four runs in 14 2/3 innings in his two starts, including a 7 2/3-inning shutout performance against the White Sox.

While his 4-1 record may not reflect it, Happ has struggled on the road with a 5.14 ERA. Weaver has been dominant at home with a 5-3 record and a 2.75 ERA.

Angels: Salas activated; Roth optioned
The Angels activated reliever Fernando Salas from the disabled list and optioned Michael Roth to Double-A Arkansas on Sunday.

Salas, who was nursing right shoulder inflammation, was supposed to make another rehab appearance with Class A Advanced Inland Empire on Sunday but instead returns to the Angels. He made his first rehab appearance on Friday, throwing a scoreless inning and striking out one.

"If he needed it, then obviously, we would have had him go and use it," manager Mike Scioscia said. "But he felt good coming out of it and instead of, what we feel, might be wasting some of his pitches down there, he feels ready, we feel he's ready, and we have a need in our bullpen for what he brings."

Salas has a 2.96 ERA this season in 28 appearances, but none since June 14.

Roth, who was called up Saturday, earned the win in the Angels' 11-5 win by pitching two perfect innings of relief. It was the second straight season Roth earned the victory on the day he made his season debut.

Blue Jays: Reimold claimed
The Blue Jays claimed outfielder Nolan Reimold off waivers from the Orioles on Sunday morning.

Reimold began his big league career with quite a bit of hype, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy. The 30-year-old has been limited to 56 games since the start of 2012 and underwent a pair of consecutive season-ending neck surgeries that threatened his career.

Toronto has decided to take a chance on the corner outfielder because of his potential with the bat. Reimold has 41 homers and a .766 OPS in 936 at-bats in the Majors.

"He'll get a lot of playing time, see what he is," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "His big thing is staying healthy, he's had trouble doing that over his career. He'll get playing time."

Reimold has yet to be officially placed on the 25-man roster, but he is expected to join the club within the next couple of days. Outfielder Brad Glenn was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

Worth noting
• Of the Angels' 51 victories, 25 have been comeback wins.

• With a win Monday, the Angels would have an all-time franchise record of 4272-4272-3. It would be the first time since 1961, when they were 1-1, that the Angels were at .500. Comments