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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker looks more comfortable in second outing

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker looks more comfortable in second outing

The physical scar from emergency brain surgery is still clearly visible, zig-zagging from the tip of Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker’s right ear toward the top of his head, about four inches in length.

The emotional scars from the 105-mph line drive off the bat of Kyle Seager that struck Shoemaker in the temple last Sept. 4 at Seattle appear to have healed, the right-hander taking another big step in his recovery Thursday in his second spring-training start.

After a shaky spring debut in which he gave up two runs, walked two and threw a pickoff attempt past first base March 3, Shoemaker looked more comfortable in a 5-4 victory over the...

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