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Angels' Matt Shoemaker keeps shutting 'em down
Angels' Matt Shoemaker keeps shutting 'em down

Matt Shoemaker's journey from being an undrafted free agent to matching a pitching standard set by Nolan Ryan can't be measured in years or pitch counts. Shoemaker's passage from signing with the Angels in 2008 after a career at Eastern Michigan University to helping them maintain the best record in baseball is a tale of perseverance, of believing, when others might not have shared his conviction, that if given a chance he could thrive in the major leagues. The right-hander with the thick, dark beard got his chance this season and seized it emphatically. With a scoreless seven-inning performance Sunday in the Angels' 8-1 rout of the Oakland Athletics he became the...

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