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But none of the other three projected starters —
"With our young guys, you're going to need to hold some leads earlier in games when pitch counts are getting away from some guys," Scioscia said. "The season is still three weeks away, and a lot can happen. What the numbers and makeup of the bullpen are, we don't know."
Carrying an extra reliever and a five-man rotation would limit the Angels to a three-man bench consisting of a backup catcher, utility infielder and outfielder. But it would probably allow the Angels to retain veteran right-hander Joe Blanton, who is not expected to win a rotation spot but could provide depth in case of injury.
Blanton went 2-14 with a 6.04 earned run average last season and is guaranteed $8.5 million this season. If he doesn’t make the team and the Angels are unable to trade him, he would most likely be released, leaving the Angels with