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Matt Shoemaker escapes early jam to help Angels shut out the Tigers

Matt Shoemaker escapes early jam to help Angels shut out the Tigers

One year ago this month, the Angels’ Matt Shoemaker transformed himself from one of the worst pitchers in baseball into one of the best. His was a turnaround so unexpected, so lacking in explanation and so massive, it confused the entire sport.

Because of that, and because of the circumstances surrounding his initial emergence at age 27 in 2014, he will always foster hope when he produces a start like he did in the Angels’ 7-0 shutout of Detroit on Friday night at Angel Stadium. It forces the question: Is the great Shoemaker back?

If that answer becomes affirmative in the coming weeks, the moment he returned will be clear. He loaded the bases without an out in the second...

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