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Blue Jays' Glaus supports Lilly's solid effort vs. old team

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Troy Glaus has exceeded expectations for the Toronto Blue Jays since being acquired in a trade with Arizona.

Glaus homered twice and drove in four runs, Ted Lilly pitched effectively into the eighth inning to beat his former team, and Toronto defeated the Oakland Athletics 8-3 Thursday.

"He's been better than advertised," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "That's his third two-homer game. Not only that, but he's a leader. You can't overlook his glove, too. He's made some big plays."

Glaus hit a three-run homer off Kirk Saarloos (1-1) in the third inning and a solo shot in the fifth for his 21st career multihomer game.

The Blue Jays acquired Glaus from the Diamondbacks for Gold Glove second baseman Orlando Hudson and pitcher Miguel Batista.

Glaus waived a no-trade clause to come to Canada, and he's hitting .274 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI.

"I'm having a good time. There is a great group of guys in here and we are starting to put some things together," Glaus said. "We'd like to kick it up a notch and win six or seven in a row."

Gregg Zaun also homered for the new-look Blue Jays (19-15), who moved four games over .500 for the first time this season.

Lilly (4-2) allowed three runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked four.

"We haven't gone on a big wining streak, but to our credit we've played some consistent baseball," Lilly said.

Nick Swisher homered twice for the A's.

Swisher hit solo shots in the first and third for his third multihomer game this season and the fifth of his career. He is 5-for-11 lifetime against Lilly.

"We feel we should be doing a lot better, but that's kind of how the cookie crumbles," said Swisher, whose team is 17-16 despite some injury woes.

Glaus' three-run homer gave Toronto 4-2 lead in the third.

Zaun homered off Saarloos in the fifth. Russ Adams followed with a double, advanced to third on third baseman Marco Scutaro's throwing error and scored on Reed Johnson's RBI grounder.

Frank Catalanotto followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 7-2.

Glaus made it 8-2 in the fifth with his solo shot.

Saarloos allowed eight runs -- six earned -- in five innings in his second start of the season. After nine appearances out of the bullpen, Saarloos won his first start last Thursday against Cleveland.

"I'm sure he feels he could have been better," Oakland manager Ken Macha said. "He made some mistakes to Glaus. He left balls up. But he gave me all he had today."

Notes

  • An MRI revealed Toronto left-hander Gustavo Chacin has a mildly sprained ligament in his elbow and a strained forearm. He is day to day. Chacin left his start on Wednesday after just three innings. "We'll see how it feels after I play catch," Chacin said. He said he would take a couple of days off before playing catch.
  • Gibbons gave center fielder Vernon Wells his first day off this season. Johnson played center in his place. Johnson robbed Scutaro of a hit with a leaping grab at the wall in the seventh. Alex Rios hit third in Wells' place.
  • Oakland third baseman Eric Chavez missed his third straight game due to illness.
  • Toronto begins a nine-game road trip on Friday, with series against Tampa Bay, the Los Angeles Angels and Colorado.
  • Glaus last hit two home runs May 1 at Baltimore.
 
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Troy Glaus gets kudos from Lyle Overbay as he crosses the plate after his second home run of the game.  (AP)
Troy Glaus gets kudos from Lyle Overbay as he crosses the plate after his second home run of the game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

T. Glaus
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Oakland

N. Swisher
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 

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Oakland Athletics
Mark Ellis, 2B4110000
Nick Swisher, LF4222001
Bobby Crosby, SS4010011
Frank Thomas, DH1000301
    Antonio Perez, PR-DH0000000
Bobby Kielty, RF4021011
Jay Payton, CF4010004
Dan Johnson, 1B3000111
Adam Melhuse, C4000002
Marco Scutaro, 3B4000010
Totals323734411 
Batting
2B - Bobby Crosby (, Lilly), Bobby Kielty (, Frasor)
HR - Nick Swisher 2 (, Lilly, Lilly)
RBI - Nick Swisher 2 (), Bobby Kielty ()
2-OUT RBI - Nick Swisher (), Bobby Kielty ()
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Marco Scutaro (, wild throw)
Oakland Athletics
Kirk Saarloos (L,-) 5786203
Ron Flores 1100120
Matt Roney 1100000
Kiko Calero 1100110
Pitches-Strikes - Kirk Saarloos 96-57, Ron Flores 24-12, Matt Roney 16-10, Kiko Calero 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kirk Saarloos 12-4, Matt Roney 1-2, Kiko Calero 1-1
Batters Faced - Kirk Saarloos 25, Ron Flores 5, Matt Roney 4, Kiko Calero 5
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, CF4111111
Frank Catalanotto, LF3011101
Alex Rios, RF4110114
Troy Glaus, 3B4224001
Lyle Overbay, 1B3100100
Shea Hillenbrand, DH4010000
Gregg Zaun, C4111002
Russ Adams, SS4121010
Aaron Hill, 2B4110001
Totals3481084310 
Batting
2B - Reed Johnson (, Saarloos), Alex Rios (, Saarloos), Shea Hillenbrand (, Roney), Russ Adams (, Saarloos)
HR - Troy Glaus 2 (, Saarloos, Saarloos), Gregg Zaun (, Saarloos)
SF - Frank Catalanotto ()
RBI - Reed Johnson (), Frank Catalanotto (), Troy Glaus 4 (), Gregg Zaun (), Russ Adams ()
2-OUT RBI - Russ Adams ()
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Glaus-Hill, Glaus-Hill-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Ted Lilly (W,-) 7.2633422
Jason Frasor 0.1100000
Scott Downs 1000020
WP - Ted Lilly ()
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 118-66, Jason Frasor 7-3, Scott Downs 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 10-9, Scott Downs 1-0
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 31, Jason Frasor 2, Scott Downs 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23974
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Wally Bell