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Angels' Matt Shoemaker adjusted after bad start at Kansas City in June
Angels' Matt Shoemaker adjusted after bad start at Kansas City in June

This was not merely an aberration for Matt Shoemaker, the Angels right-hander who will start Game 2 of the American League division series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday night. It was borderline paranormal, an outing so rocky — and so out of line for the consistent rookie — that it is difficult to explain. And it came against the team Shoemaker, who sat out the final two weeks of the season because of a mild left rib-cage strain, will make his first career playoff start against. Shoemaker gave up eight earned runs and 11 hits, including a home run to Omar Infante, in four innings of an 8-6 loss to the Royals in Kansas City on June 27. Shoemaker, who went 16-4 with a...

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