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TOR@MIA: Cecil allows one run in six strong innings

During their last nine games, the Blue Jays have surrendered 60 runs and have allowed fewer than five runs just once.

The good news for them, though, is that Thursday starter Brett Cecil was the guy on the hill during that one well-pitched game.

In two starts since being called up from the Minors, Cecil (1-0) has a 2.45 ERA, giving up just three runs in 11 innings. The Blue Jays have won both games in which he has started, though both contests came against National League opponents.

In 20 starts last season, Cecil was 4-11 with a 4.73 ERA. He has been better able to make in-game adjustments in his brief time with the Blue Jays this season, something he wasn't able to do as well last year.

"If I'm trying to adjust something, I try to stay smooth through my delivery and not give it too much effort," Cecil said following his last start. "Just get the ball down, and once I have that good feeling of where the arm side is going to be, that's when I can start quickening things up."

While Cecil has been strong since his promotion, Angels starter Dan Haren hasn't been at his best recently.

During his last three starts, Haren (5-7) has given up 14 runs in 16 2/3 innings, including six home runs. He gave up five runs in the first two innings combined against the Dodgers on Friday, but his offense came back with eight unanswered runs to give the righty the win.

"Typically, I'm always around the strike zone, but I was really struggling," Haren said. "Even my strikes weren't quite quality strikes early in the game, but as the game went on, I got better. I worked hard in between. I threw twice in between [starts] this time, just to kind of work around some different things."

Blue Jays: Morrow back to throwing
• Two weeks after leaving his start against the Nationals because of a strained left oblique, starter Brandon Morrow has resumed throwing. He is expected to throw every other day, but there is still no timetable for his return.

In 13 starts this season, Morrow is 7-4 with a 3.01 ERA.

• With a home run each in Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion have combined to hit 47 homers this season, which is the most by any two teammates in the Majors.

Angels: Trumbo making a case for two All-Star week events
• Since May 27, Mark Trumbo is third in the Majors with 12 home runs (he has 18 total) and first in RBIs with 32.

Though American League Home Run Derby captain Robinson Cano hasn't said who he's picking for his team, Trumbo, who won the Texas League Home Run Derby while in Double-A in 2009, is certainly a strong candidate.

"It seems like something that's fun and might be a good experience if everything works out for the better," Trumbo said of the Derby.

• After their 13-1 win against the Orioles on Wednesday, the Angels improved to 13-1 in their last 14 road games. They have outscored the opposition 81-37 during that span. They haven't lost a series on the road since falling in two of three against the Padres from May 18-20.

Worth noting
The Angels lead the season series against the Blue Jays, 2-1, and are 11-8 during the last three seasons at Rogers Centre. The Angels have not lost a season series to the Blue Jays since 2007. Comments