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    (Sports Network) - Nobody was happier to see the calendar turn to August more than Toronto right-hander Josh Johnson. Cheap Penguins Jerseys Authentic . On Thursday, Johnson tries to put a miserable month of July behind him when the Blue Jays begin a four-game set with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium. Johnson hasnt been particularly effective in any month this season, but July was especially brutal for the one-time Cy Young Award candidate. He lost all five starts in July and pitched to a 7.71 ERA in doing so. "Hes scuffling. Thats an understatement," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "Hes feeling it. Hes human. You feel for the guy. He hasnt struggled a whole lot in his career. Hes trying to settle in, hes trying to contribute, (but) it hasnt gone well for him." Johnsons most recent loss came to hapless Houston on Saturday, as he was ripped for seven runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, dropping him to 1-7 on the year to go along with a 6.08 ERA. "This game will definitely test you," Johnson said. "(My confidence is) not real high, but you have to stay positive. (Youve) got to find a way to stay positive ... find a way to get through it and be better because of it." Johnson has never faced the Angels, but is 0-4 with a 7.66 ERA in five starts away from home this season. Toronto enters this series playing well, despite the fact that it still sits in last place of the American League East, 14 games behind the division- leading Boston Red Sox. The Blue Jays won for the fifth time in seven tries on Wednesday, as Jose Bautistas RBI double in the top of the 10th inning helped them beat the Oakland Athletics, 5-2. "I thought we played a good game," Gibbons said. Los Angeles, meanwhile, is certainly happy to be heading home after suffering three straight walk-off losses to the Texas Rangers. It was the first time that the team dropped three consecutive games in that fashion. In fact, the last team to get swept in a three-game series on three walk-off homers was the Montreal Expos -- now the Washington Nationals -- from May 10-12, 1999, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. "Obviously this last week has been rough for some guys in the pen, but were going to keep going," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "Things will get better as we move forward. Some guys who have been pitching a lot need to recharge a bit." Getting the call for the Angels on Thursday will be righty Garrett Richards, who is 2-4 with a 4.33 ERA. Richards did not get a decision on Saturday in Oakland, but pitched well, scattering three hits over five scoreless innings in his teams 3-1 loss. The Blue Jays and Angels split their eight meetings last season. Matt Hunwick Jersey . Uniteds eighth defeat of a wretched campaign means Liverpool, which currently occupies the fourth and final Champions League place, could go nine points clear of its fierce rival by beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. 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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. is going through a concussion protocol and listed day-to-day for this weekends home game against Minnesota.Coach Mike Riley said Monday that if Armstrong isnt cleared to play by Thursday or Friday, Ryker Fyfe would be the starter and Zack Darlington would be his backup.Armstrongs head hit the turf hard when he was tackled along the Ohio State sideline by safety Malik Hooker in the second quarter of Saturday nights 62-3 loss in Columbus, Ohio. Medics tended to Armstrong on the field for about 10 minutes before he was taken to a hospital to be evaluated. Armstrong returned to Ohio Stadium in the second half and joined his teammates on the sideline.Riley said hes encouraged because Armstrong has said he feels good. But before Armstrong can play, he will have to pass a series of neurological tests showing he has regained normal cognitive and physical functions.Well prepare as if we wont have him and well prepare as if we will have him, Riley said. If he can play, that means hes been cleared, and thats what we have to wait for. This is out of our hands, which is a good thing. Decisions will be made medically.Armstrong and Fyfe did not appear for interviews at the teams weekly media availability.Receiver Jordan Westerkamp, Armstrongs longtime roommate, said Armstrong was doing well after what initially appeared to be a scary injury. Armstrong, on a stretcher with his neck braced, gave a thumbs-up to the crowd as he was transported to an ambulance. Westerkamp said he was relieved when Armstrong was shown on the video board walking back into the stadium.It was awesome to see that and that he was OK, Westerkamp said. We thought it was pretty serious at first. Its a bunch of precautionary stuff with the head and back. They have to do that kind of stuff. It was great to get him back.Minnesota (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) controls its destiny in the West Division race. If the Gophers win their last three regular-season games, theyll go to the Big Ten championship game for thhe first time. Paul Coffey Jersey. No. 21 Nebraska (7-2, 4-2) needs to win out and have Wisconsin lose at least once to make it to Indianapolis on Dec. 3.Fyfe was 5 of 18 for 52 yards and an interception after he took over for Armstrong at Ohio State. Through the first eight games, Fyfe had played one snap against Oregon as Armstrong was treated for cramps, two series against Wyoming and one series against Fresno State.Weve been in so many close games into the second half, its too bad we didnt get him in more often, Riley said. I believe hes always well-prepared. I really like his ability. Given the chance to play, he will perform and do a nice job. Our team has faith in him. I think if thats the way we end up going, I think Ryker will do a good job for us and help us win the game.Fyfe has appeared in 14 games in his career and made one start, that being the 55-45 loss at Purdue in 2015. Fyfe threw four interceptions and lost a fumble in that game.Darlington, recruited by Nebraska as a quarterback, moved to receiver this past spring and in the fall won the holders job. Riley said Darlington went to see him Sunday to volunteer to play quarterback.Riley said he has no plans to take freshman Patrick OBrien out of his redshirt.We know we have to be prepared for anything that might happen, Riley said. Thats why hes traveled and practiced from time to time with our team and stayed well prepared.Game notes Linebackers Dedrick Young (ankle), Marcus Newby (hamstring), Michael Rose-Ivey (elbow) and Chris Weber (knee) came out of the Ohio State game nursing injuries. ... Riley said offensive linemen Tanner Farmer (ankle) and David Knevel (ankle) are getting closer to returning. ... Offensive lineman Jerald Foster, who was expected to be out for the season after having knee surgery in August, could be able play some in the next couple weeks.---More AP college football at http://collegefootball.ap.org Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Jerseys NFL China Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Discount NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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