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TOR@OAK: Buehrle shuts down A's for seven frames

The Blue Jays will look to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Angels on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium.

To do so, the club will need a solid outing from its starter, something that has been hard to come by this season.

Toronto has had a starter last fewer than five innings 23 times in 2013, and that has been a big factor against the Angels this series.

"That's definitely a lot," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "The manager has some say in that, but still. A lot of those games, it's not like you fall behind by a couple of runs and the guy stays in there. We had trouble getting outs in a lot of those when it's on the verge of turning into a laugher.

"You have to give [the starter] the opportunity, but you look at guys, they'll give up two or three hits and give up a run or two but they can get an out. If you think you have a chance to win a game, sometimes you have to go for it, but a lot depends on what you have down in that 'pen."

They'll turn to the club's most consistent starter Sunday, left-hander Mark Buehrle, who will enter the contest with a scoreless-innings streak of 20.

"Every time he takes the mound, he gives us a chance," Gibbons said. "We don't always win them, but he gives us a good effort, he eats up innings, he does everything right. He's had a tremendous career and he's just building on that."

He'll be opposed by C.J. Wilson, whose string of success took a turn for the worse against the Rangers on Tuesday.

The Angels left-hander came into that outing with a 1.25 ERA over his previous five outings -- all quality starts -- but then Wilson gave up six runs in four innings, allowing 11 hits and three walks.

If the Halos can emerge victorious Sunday, it'll be their first series sweep since June 28-30 when they took three from the Astros.

Angels: Frieri regains form after difficult week
• Ernesto Frieri closed out Friday's game and appears to have no loss of confidence after blowing two saves to the Rangers earlier in the week.

"I knew that it was going to happen," Frieri said. "I knew I was going to go back to the Ernie that everybody knows. I just need to keep doing what I did last night, making pitches. Whenever I do that, I'm going to get people out."

"He got his confidence back, which is nice," catcher Chris Iannetta added. "It shows a lot of his character and what he's made of, to go through what he went through, then come back and nail it down for us."

The 28-year-old had given up eight earned runs over his previous 2 2/3 innings but struck out the side around a double by Brett Lawrie on Friday night. In the process, he regained his bulldog mentality.

"The first hitter I was trying to focus on just hitting my spot, not missing it," Frieri said. "And then I was like, 'Wait, wait this is not me, stop thinking so much and let it go.' After that, you could see I was a little more aggressive, and that's me."

Blue Jays: Happ likely to return Wednesday
• J.A. Happ is finally close to retaking a Major League mound.

Happ is likely to return for the Blue Jays on Wednesday, exactly three months after his season was derailed due to a comeback liner that struck him in the head.

The left-hander is scheduled to throw three days from now, lining up perfectly with what would have been Todd Redmond's next start, but he was optioned to the Minors after Friday's short outing.

"It will probably be Happ," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Saturday. "He's solid, he's healthy. He threw a lot of pitches [Friday night], but that's what he does."

Happ threw 95 pitches for Triple-A Buffalo on Friday night, allowing three runs over 4 2/3 innings with six strikeouts, and is stretched out to take a normal turn in the rotation.

Over five rehab starts, Happ is 0-2 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in 21 1/3 innings.

Worth noting
• The Blue Jays haven't won a season series against the Angels since 2007.

• Mike Trout has reached base in 34 consecutive games, including Saturday's performance when he went 1-for-2 with a walk and a pair of runs scored. He is the Angels' first player to have two on-base streaks of at least 33 games in a season.

• Wilson is a 2-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 15 career games (five starts) against the Blue Jays. Comments