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JC Ramirez, Angels get lit up by the Royals 7-3

JC Ramirez, Angels get lit up by the Royals 7-3

The early dominance was deceiving and draining. As Angels right-hander JC Ramirez racked up six strikeouts in the first two innings of an eventual 7-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, the effort required to finish off those hitters on a balmy 84-degree afternoon rose exponentially.

Ramirez, a converted starter who spent the last five years as a reliever, needed 19 pitches to complete the first inning and 27 to finish the second, which ended with an eight-pitch strikeout of Alex Gordon. By the third inning, Ramirez admitted he was a little gassed.

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