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Angels lose their bearings in bizarre ninth inning of 4-2 loss to Rays

Angels lose their bearings in bizarre ninth inning of 4-2 loss to Rays

Tampa Bay right fielder Steven Souza opened the ninth inning of a tie game against the Angels Saturday night with a routine ground ball to second, but no one was home.

Second baseman Johnny Giavotella was stationed behind the second-base bag as part of an infield shift, a strategy the Angels have employed more than all but three other teams in baseball this season.

Souza’s grounder rolled to right field for a single, igniting a two-run rally off Angels closer Joe Smith that lifted the Rays to a 4-2 victory in Angel Stadium.

Some pitchers voice their displeasure with such shifts, and some express their objections with body language that makes it clear they’d...

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