Like Wells, Downs has strong ties to Toronto

Like Wells, Downs has strong ties to Toronto

TORONTO -- Angels left-hander Scott Downs was a teammate of Vernon Wells with the Blue Jays, and now they are teammates with the Angels.

Downs feels it was fitting that Wells received a standing ovation when he came to bat for the first time in the Angels' 5-1 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.

"I thought it was well-deserved," Downs said before Saturday's game against the Blue Jays. "He's done a lot for [the Blue Jays]. He didn't leave on bad terms."

Downs pitched for the Blue Jays for six seasons and was signed as a free agent by the Angels during the offseason after going 5-5 with a 2.64 earned-run average in 67 games last year in Toronto. He entered the weekend with a 6-2 record and a 1.40 ERA in 43 games for the Angels.

Like Wells, Downs is enjoying being in the thick of the American League West race with the Angels.

"That's what you play this game for, to get a chance to make it to the postseason," he said. "We've got a shot. It's fun when every game counts. Wins and losses matter right now."