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NEW YORK -- Ernesto Frieri has lost his job as Los Angeles Angels closer -- at least for a while. Angels manager Mike Scioscia says setup man Joe Smith will step into the stopper role until Frieri works out his problems beginning Friday night when the Angels play the New York Yankees. "We want to get Ernie off of that treadmill and let him get an inning or two where he can try to make some adjustments," Scioscia said. "Historically, Ernie has responded well to this. We need him, and I think this is the best route to take to get to the final solution we want." The move comes two days after Frieri allowed four runs and three hits while failing to protect a lead for the Angels in a loss at Washington. It was his second blown save this season in four chances. Frieri is 0-2 with a 9.35 ERA in 10 appearances this year. Hes allowed five home runs, a problem that plagued him last season when he was tagged for 11 homers and briefly lost the closer job. Scioscia said Frieri will be used at less stressful times, not in setup situations. The eighth-inning role will be filled by matchups. "To put him in setup role right now would defeat the purpose, because youre going to put him in a high-leverage situation," Scioscia said. "If youre ready for the eighth inning, youre ready for the ninth." "Mechanically hes fine," Scioscia said. "At times hes overthrowing, and when he does, hes missing some spots. Hes not a fine control guy, but he definitely knows what area he wants to throw the ball, and hes usually pretty good at getting it there." Smith signed a $15.75 million, three-year contract with the Angels this winter. In his eighth season, the 30-year-old right-hander is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA, but 10 of his 11 appearances have been scoreless. He has three career saves in 450 games with the Mets, Indians and Angels. Adidas Esa Lindell Jersey . 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It was my fifth straight year attending and, as always, there are many interesting matters discussed as it pertains to the use of statistics in sports.TORONTO - Scott Milanovich wasnt mincing words Thursday.The Toronto head coach said if the Argonauts want to finish atop the East Division, they must beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday night.We do recognize how important this is towards positioning, Milanovich said. If we want to win the East, theoretically we have to win this one.Technically its not over (if the Argos lose) but were looking at this like its a playoff game.Toronto (5-8) hosts Hamilton (6-7) at Rogers Centre after the Ticats won the first meeting 13-12 on Sept. 1 at Tim Hortons Field. A win would move the Argos into a first-place tie and even the season series 1-1 with the final meeting slated for Oct. 25 at Rogers Centre.Hamilton would not only clinch the season series with a victory but move four points ahead of Toronto with both having four regular-season games remaining. The first-place finisher secures home-field advantage for the East final.That would work well for the surging Ticats, whove won four straight and are 4-0 at Tim Hortons Field.A loss Friday wouldnt be devastating for Hamilton, which also has two games with Ottawa (2-11) and another with Montreal (5-8) remaining. The Ticats would still control their ability to finish first. Toronto wouldnt so fortunate as a loss Friday would mean theyd need help to finish first. The Argos would have to shift their focus on second spot — and getting home field for the East semifinal — with two key meetings left with Montreal, which also remains very much in the playoff picture.I dont think Toronto is any different than us or Montreal in that regard, Ticats head coach/GM Kent Austin said. You want to have Eastern games towards the end of your schedule to determine the outcome of where youre going to finish.Toronto has won two straight but faces a Hamilton squad thats captured five of its last six contests since quarterback Zach Collaross return. Collaros missed five starts with concussion-like symptoms and returned to lead the Ticats past the Argos 13-12 to officially open Tim Hortons Field.Collaros has four 300-yard passing games since returning and taken Hamiltons on its longest win streak since 98. But thats of no surprise to the Argos as Collaros was 5-2 last year as their starter before signing with the Ticats as a free agent.Hes a winner, hes competitive, he doesnt get rattled, he can move the ball with his arm or his legs, Milanovich said of Collaros. Our guys have a lot of respect for him.Collaros said winning has helped breed confidence within Hamiltons ranks.Weve always been a confident bunch but learning how tto win the tight ones definitely does something for the locker-room, he said.dddddddddddd. Were excited for the opportunity and task at hand.Hamiltons defence has also contributed to the win streak, allowing an average of just 232 yet offensive yards the last six games. The unit is also surrendering just 17.3 points per game over that span and has held its last three opponents under 60 yards rushing.Weve done a great job of keeping teams out of the end zone but weve got a real challenge ahead of us because Toronto can score, Austin said. Weve also done a better job in getting pressure on the quarterback . . . but its not just the sacks, its the hurries and the hits on the quarterback that have been important.Every offensive unit wants to stay out of second-and-long . . . its very tough to convert second-and-long yardage consistently, well enough to sustain drives and score points. Part of the equation of getting teams into second-and-long situations is stopping the run on first and 10.A fact not lost upon Milanovich.The No. 1 thing in my opinion is theyre stopping the run and making you one-dimensional, he said. Theyre getting you into a situation where you dont feel you can run it and youre kind of where they want you where now theyre going to come after the quarterback and try to attack the protection.Toronto counters with veteran quarterback Ricky Ray, who leads the CFL in passing TDs (24) and completion percentage. The Argos will also have slotback Chad Owens in the lineup after he missed the first meeting with a knee injury.Owens leads the CFL in both receiving yards (109) and catches (8.7) per game. Torontos offence has also averaged 35.3 points, 389 net yards and 121 yards rushing the past three games but Ray said having Owens back is key.Hes our best player on offence when hes in there, Ray said. He makes so many plays and thats who youd like to have, a guy whos going to go out there and give you consistent production and will make some plays for you.Fridays contest will also feature two of the CFLs top kickers in Torontos Swayze Waters (33-of-37 field goals, 89.2 per cent) and Hamiltons Justin Medlock (33-of-38, 86.8 per cent).Waters 53-yard boot in a 40-23 road win last month over B.C. is the CFLs longest this year but Milanovich said Waters could better that Friday if conditions are right.The one in B.C. was 53 yards and someone told me it was caught 15 yards deep in the end zone, he said. I know that doesnt necessarily translate that it could go 15 more yards but I would guess if he hit it well, he could get 65. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '