Saunders to make Major League debut

Saunders makes Major League debut

The Angels will vie for their fifth consecutive win on Tuesday when Joe Saunders makes his Major League debut against the Blue Jays.

Saunders, 24, was the 12th overall selection in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. The left-hander was 3-3 with a 3.46 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Salt Lake, after going 8-4 with a 3.49 ERA at Double-A Arkansas.

Fellow southpaw Scott Downs will start for the Blue Jays. He's never posted an ERA below 5.14 in three Major League seasons, but he might do so this year if he continues to pitch like he did in his last outing. Downs allowed only two hits and one run in seven-plus innings on Aug. 11 against the Tigers for his first American League win.

Darin Erstad's RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning on Monday night lifted the Angels to a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays.

Pitching matchup
TOR: LHP Scott Downs
• 1-2, 5.02 ERA in 2005
• Did not face LAA in 2004

LAA: LHP Joe Saunders
• Making Major League debut

Player to watch
Orlando Cabrera scored the winning run on Monday and is 1-for-2 with a double lifetime against Downs, who has never faced the Angels.

"That's how you have to win. You can't sit back and wait for Vladdy to do it all." -- Erstad, on manufacturing runs when teams pitch around cleanup hitter Vladimir Guerrero

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television

On radio
• TOR: FAN 590 AM
• LAA: KSPN 710 AM; KTNQ 1020 AM (Español)

Quick hits
The Angels moved 20 games over .500 with Monday's win, matching a season-best mark (59-39, July 23). ... Guerrero is batting 22-for-47 (.468) this month. ... Toronto was 50-4 when leading after seven innings prior to the Angels' win on Monday.

On deck
• Wednesday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:05 p.m. PT
• Thursday: vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. PT
• Friday: vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. PT

Mark Thoma is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.