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NYY@LAA: Haren shuts out the Yankees on four hits

It's no secret that the Angels are a much better team at home than on the road this season, yet to keep things interesting in the American League West and Wild Card, they'll need to win away from Angel Stadium, and quickly.

The Angels will face off against the Blue Jays on Wednesday at Rogers Centre in the third of a four-game set.

Going 10-15 in their last 25 road affairs and 12-3 in their last 15 home games, the Halos are looking to Dan Haren to help them notch back-to-back road wins.

Sitting five games back of the division-leading Rangers in the loss column and 3 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the Wild Card race, Los Angeles realizes it is now or never with only eight games left in the regular season.

Haren (15-9, 3.24 ERA) is coming off one of his rare rough outings, going just five innings and giving up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits against the Orioles on Friday.

It's been a tale of two halves for the right-hander this season, as Haren went 10-5 with a 2.61 ERA before the All-Star break, compared to a 5-4 record and 4.19 ERA in the second half. Haren is also winless in his last five road starts.

"He hasn't had many swings," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think Dan's been incredibly consistent and pitched to his capabilities. Any pitcher is going to have a handful of games where it doesn't matter what you try to do -- it's not going to work out for you. Between what Dan's done and Weav's [Jered Weaver] done, and Ervin [Santana], except for his won-loss record, those guys have been terrific all season."

Reduced to playing the spoiler role as they sit in fourth place in the American League East, the Blue Jays are trying to finish out their season on a strong note against some tough opponents.

Toronto has played well against the Angels recently, having won three of the last four contests.

After the final two games against the Halos, the Blue Jays will square off against the Rays and White Sox for three games each.

"These next games are meaningful to us because it's against good competition and it's definitely meaningful to those teams because they want to try and make the playoffs," first baseman Adam Lind said.

Angels: Trumbo tearing it up
Mark Trumbo is one home run away from joining a select group of rookies with 30 or more home runs in the past 25 years: Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Nomar Garciaparra, Matt Nokes, Tim Salmon and Pete Incaviglia.

Salmon holds the Angels' all-time rookie mark with 31 homers.

• With an AL-high 12 extra-inning losses, the Angels are one shy of the club record set in 1987.

Blue Jays: McGowan to take hill
Dustin McGowan will be looking for his first win in his third start of the season. The right-hander gave up three runs during his last start against the Yankees.

McGowan allowed three hits and three runs in five innings of a no-decision. Just like that start, he'll likely be limited to a pitch count. It should be around 85 pitches Wednesday.

Worth noting
• The Angels have 22 blown saves this season, though they have won 10 of those games.

• When the Angels have out-hit their opponent this year, they are 63-8, as opposed to a 16-55 mark when being out-hit.

• Jose Bautista has reached base safely in 129 of his 141 games this season. Comments