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Tyler Skaggs impresses as Angels continue to dominate in 13-0 win over Royals

Tyler Skaggs impresses as Angels continue to dominate in 13-0 win over Royals

Most nights since July 31, 2014, Tyler Skaggs fell asleep thinking of this day. Most mornings, he awoke imagining it. But it took so long to become real, and now that it was, the pace of the game felt so fast.

The first pitch Skaggs threw from a major league mound since he ripped the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow was a fastball in the dirt. The second was a fastball way outside, the third way inside and the fourth too low. He walked Alcides Escobar to begin his first big-league start after Tommy John surgery.

Johnny Giavotella approached the mound to offer encouragement. Skaggs stepped off the mound, took two big breaths and tried to settle his nerves. His...

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