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Angels balance out the bullpen with two left-handed relievers
Angels balance out the bullpen with two left-handed relievers

Angels Manager Mike Scioscia summoned left-hander Jose Alvarez to face Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales in the eighth inning of a one-run game against the Kansas City Royals last Friday night. Alvarez retired Hosmer, the left-handed cleanup hitter, and Morales, a switch-hitter who is more powerful from the left side, on ground balls to third base. The same two sluggers came up again in the ninth with the bases loaded and one out. This time, Scioscia turned to left-hander Cesar Ramos, who struck out Hosmer and got Morales to ground out. It has been two years since the Angels had a reliable left-handed reliever, though Scott Downs was slowed by injuries and appeared in 43 games with a...

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