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Hector Santiago struggles on mound and Angels lose to the Cardinals, 8-1

Hector Santiago struggles on mound and Angels lose to the Cardinals, 8-1

Three hours before the Angels hosted St. Louis on Tuesday, Hector Santiago greeted a childhood friend named Trevor Reckling in Angel Stadium's home dugout.

Six years ago, Reckling was an Angels top prospect, rated in between Mike Trout and Garrett Richards on Baseball America's leaderboard. Once a promising left-hander, he has more recently modeled than he has pitched in affiliated baseball, but he's still 26, and he's planning to throw for scouts soon.

When Angels Manager Mike Scioscia recognized him, he asked a staffer to take down Reckling's contact information.

The Angels could use a pitching infusion. Again on Tuesday night in a lifeless 8-1 loss to the Cardinals,...

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