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LAA@CWS: Skaggs fans six in return from disabled list

The Angels have been putting together some serious Southern California home cooking lately. On Tuesday, they'll be looking for their 12th straight home win, and sixth overall. The former is their longest since 1967.

Toronto, meanwhile, has seen its American League East lead disappear over the past four days, as their five-game losing skid has coincided with Baltimore's three-game winning streak.

They'll be counting on R.A. Dickey to halt their slide -- though he's lost his last four decisions, never allowing fewer than three runs during that span.

"Everybody's doing their best," Dickey said. "We're in a situation where we're nursing some injuries in some places and guys are called upon to do above and beyond what they normally do. They're doing the best that they can, and that's just part of being on a team and trying to pick each other up."

The Angels have won four games in a row, but so have the A's, who have maintained a 3 1/2 game-lead in the AL West.

Opposing Dickey, Tyler Skaggs will be making his second start since coming off the disabled list (right hamstring strain).

His return was about as successful as Los Angeles could have asked for -- he allowed just two runs on five hits and one walk in 7 2/3 innings with six strikeouts.

"It's just rhythm and tempo," Skaggs said. "You can have the worst mechanics in the world, but if you know in your head that you're going to throw strikes and you go out there with confidence and you exude it, you go out there and you throw strikes."

Blue Jays: Reimold joins the fold 
As expected, outfielder Nolan Reimold officially joined the Blue Jays for the start of their three-game series vs. the Angels, going 0-for-3 in his debut, a 5-2 loss.

Reimold was claimed off waivers from the Orioles on Sunday morning. A spot was created on the 25-man roster when Edwin Encarnacion hit the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps muscle.

Prior to joining Toronto, Reimold had yet to play in a Major League game this season as he recovered from a serious neck injury. Reimold now becomes the Blue Jays' starter in right field until Jose Bautista is fully recovered from a strained left hamstring.

"I couldn't have asked for a better opportunity and a better team to pick me up," Reimold said. "They're doing well, up there in the division, and I was told I'd get an opportunity to play. I couldn't ask for anything more. I'm just very appreciative for this opportunity. I'm going to go out there and prove them correct for giving me a shot."

Angels: Calhoun to see plenty Jays
Kole Calhoun was in the lineup against a left-handed starting pitcher on Monday for the first time since May 31 against Oakland's Tommy Milone. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

For most of the season, the left-handed-hitting Calhoun has been platooning in right field with right-hander Collin Cowgill, but his recent hot streak pushed him into the starting lineup.

Over his last eight games, Calhoun has produced a .481/.548/.889 slash line. He has reached to lead off the game in each of his last seven starts.

"I don't know if there's a player hotter in our league than Kole Calhoun right now," manager Mike Scioscia said.

Calhoun should also start the final two games against Toronto, who will send two right-handers to the mound to finish the three-game set.

Worth noting
• The Angels have not lost a season series against Toronto since 2007.

• Toronto lost outfielder Kenny Wilson on a waiver claim to Oakland on Monday.

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