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Meanwhile, in that quiet little corner of Southland professional sports . . .

Life moves on in an understated and, just possibly, quite livable start for the Angels , who disposed of the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays, 6-1, Thursday night with barely a hint of drama.

At Angel Stadium there has been no historic home start. No superstar besmirching his name in controversy. No physical second-round playoff series.

Right now the Dodgers, Lakers and Ducks are walking headlines. Shadows seem to fall from all directions on the Angels , which for the moment, may be just fine.

Right-hander Jered Weaver was the Angel trying to sneak into the area spotlight Thursday, throwing the first complete game of his four-year career. Weaver held the Blue Jays to three hits, striking out eight. Toronto had a majors-best .297 team average.

Supported by Mike Napoli's two-run homer, the run-producing feet of Chone Figgins and two runs batted in from Maicer Izturis, Weaver raised his record to 3-1 and helped the Angels continue to hover around the .500 mark.

By the Angels' usual high standards, that is disappointing. But with no one managing to run away with the American League West and several of their walking wounded nearing a return, the Angels are hardly in dire straits.

The victory was the Angels' fourth in five games, leaving them at 13-14 and just 1 1/2 games back of the division-leading Rangers.

With pitchers John Lackey and Ervin Santana nearing a return from the disabled list, the Angels still appear nicely positioned.

"We're a little disappointed where we are right now," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's never fun to be . . . under .500.

"But I think if you look just pragmatically at what our team's done, there's a lot of positive things happening on the field. We feel we can win games with the group we have now. We are going to get better and stronger and deeper, and I hope it's going to translate into wins."

It translated just fine in the second inning, when Napoli sent Robert Ray's offering several rows into the right field bleachers for his fifth home run of the season.

Weaver surrendered a homer to Aaron Hill leading off the fourth, but otherwise he was masterfully in control. He retired 11 consecutive Jays after Hill's home run and 18 of his final 19.

It was the Angels' first complete game of 2009.

"I always wanted to get one of those under my belt," said Weaver, who needed only 103 pitches.

"He just felt comfortable," Scioscia said. "He was very pitch efficient. That's a great game by Jered."

Figgins produced runs for Weaver in the third and seventh via Scioscia's more traditional method. Both times he singled, stole second, advanced to third on errant throws by catcher Rod Barajas and was driven in by Izturis.

In the sixth, Kendry Morales homered, and Juan Rivera singled in Napoli.

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