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Battered Jays look to regroup against O's

Why don't we just go out and award the Texas Rangers the World Series right now?

They looked that good annihilating the Toronto Blue Jays in three games in Texas over the weekend.

Of course, the Blue Jays played more than a small role in the ugly affair, their starting pitching just letting the team down completely.

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Brandon Morrow, Henderson Alvarez and Kyle Drabek were shelled for a combined 22 hits and allowed 20 runs in the three games.

The Rangers outscored Toronto 34-16, the fourth-most runs that the Jays have ever conceded in a series of three-or-fewer games according to the fine people at the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Blue Jays were outscored 47-22 by Seattle in April of 2000, 38-17 by Cleveland in September of 1999 and 35-6 by Boston just last June.

The Blue Jays have lost five in a row and will try to regroup Monday night at home in the first of a three-game set against the AL Division-leading Baltimore Orioles.

And don't look now but another Blue Jays loss will relegate them to last place in the division.

"I wouldn't call it a crisis," Toronto manager John Farrell said on Monday. "We've come off a tough road trip. I think the effort that we continually show every night, even though the outcome might not be what we would desire or like, there is never a question with our effort or our intent."

In an effort to beef up a spent bullpen, the Blue Jays announced before Monday's game that they have recalled left-handed pitcher Aaron Laffey from Triple-A Las Vegas.

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Right-handed pitcher Chad Beck was optioned back to Las Vegas to make room for Laffey.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos made a point to meet with members of the media in the Blue Jays dugout before the Baltimore game.

He said he feels it is more important to make himself available when the team isn't playing well.

Anthopoulos said he is not overly concerned about the recent struggles of his starters.

"But you get back on track, it's a long year," he said. "This is part of the peaks and valleys of the year."

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