The Angels will score. They have scored more runs than all but four teams in the major leagues, and that is with Josh Hamilton on the disabled list and a black hole at third base.

The Angels will go as far as their pitching takes them. On Friday, they shook up their staff a bit, dropping Hector Santiago from the starting rotation and suggesting Joe Smith and Ernesto Frieri might share the closer's role.

Frieri did the honors Friday, delivering a perfect ninth inning in a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Smith worked the eighth, following seven strong innings from Garrett Richards.

The Angels are delighted that Richards is emerging as an ace. But they are frustrated by Santiago's inability to control his fastball and his emotions, so much so that they demoted him to the bullpen without an obvious candidate to replace him in the rotation.

The Angels' glaring weakness is a lack of depth in starting pitching. That they would expose that weakness without an injury forcing their hand speaks to how poorly Santiago has pitched.

"We're taking care of the move up here, first and foremost," pitching coach Mike Butcher said.

Santiago is 0-6 with a 5.19 earned-run average. The Angels are 0-7 when he starts and 17-10 when he does not. The Angels will promote a minor league pitcher to fill the rotation spot of Santiago, who now becomes the lone left-hander in the bullpen.

"Obviously, I didn't want it to happen," Santiago said. "I've been kind of looking for something to happen, the way it was going."