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MIN@LAA: Hanson fans eight over 5 1/3 strong frames

After dropping three straight games via walk-off homers and six straight overall, the Angels broke their skid against Josh Johnson and the Blue Jays in Thursday night's series-opening victory.

They'll look to make it two in a row against Toronto in the midst of a tough schedule that has seen them lose nine of their last 12.

"In this game, in this schedule there's a tough game every night," Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "You have to be able to turn the page. We did a lot of good things in the Texas series and obviously had three walk-off losses. You've got to be able to absorb it and turn the page and move on.

"You have to be able to turn the page and be able to look at each game with that perspective of let's build momentum pitch to pitch, get a lead and hopefully hold it and win a game. We've dug a big hole for ourselves, nobody has given up on this season, we know what we are up against, but this team can go on a run."

Tommy Hanson will take the mound for Los Angeles, making his third start since a forearm strain that cost him a month of his season.

In his last outing Hanson gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Athletics.

"The problem was the walks," Hanson said. "You get a five-run lead after two and start walking guys, it's not how you draw it up."

He'll be opposed by Todd Redmond, who's coming off his career-best outing against the Astros. Redmond struck out 10 batters over six innings, but walked away with a no-decision.

Redmond will be making his fifth start since being moved up from Triple-A Buffalo, and only the sixth of his big league career.

"I just come up here and try to keep the guys in the game so we can have a chance to win," Redmond said.

Angels: Pujols not giving up on 2013
Albert Pujols refuses to give up on the 2013 season despite a partial tear of the left plantar fascia.

"I was already playing 45 percent this year," Pujols said. "Even if I feel 55 percent that I can come back and play, I'm going to be out there and playing because I love this game and I grew up playing this game and I'm going to do the best I can to help this organization win. Whether that's two games out, 20 games out -- if I feel good, ready to play, I'm going to be out there playing the field."

If there's good news it's that Pujols won't require surgery on the foot as the tear naturally accomplished what a surgical procedure would have.

The Angels slugger is currently sporting a walking boot, and is expected to spend around three weeks in it before deciding on the next course of action.

• Josh Hamilton entered Thursday's contest going 5-for-11 in the three-game set against Texas, drawing three walks, hitting a homer -- his 16th of the year -- and driving in seven runs, but went hitless in three at-bats vs. Toronto.

"It's a starting point," Hamilton said. "When you take a game through the next day, and how you feel in the game the day before to the next game and start putting those at-bats together, it's a good feeling."

Blue Jays: Santos rejoins bullpen
Sergio Santos rejoined the Blue Jays bullpen prior to Thursday's series opener against the Angels.

The right-handed reliever was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 14, which was extended when some bothersome bone spurs were discovered in his throwing arm and he opted for surgery.

In early July Santos began a rehab assignment in the Minor Leagues, and despite some ugly outings the 30-year-old was happy with his stint that ended in Triple-A Buffalo.

"I was making progress with every inning I was throwing, as far as with my pitches," Santos said of his rehab. "It's just a matter of getting back into the flow of games and I'm hoping with each inning I throw, each game I'm in, I can speed that process up a little bit."

Worth noting
• The Blue Jays are 12-6 against the American League West this season, while the Angels are 8-9 against the East.

• With seven runs against Josh Johnson in Thursday's 8-2 victory, the Angels broke a streak of 13 scoreless innings by the Blue Jays' starters. Comments