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In a surprise twist, Angels' Jered Weaver asks to exit game
In a surprise twist, Angels' Jered Weaver asks to exit game

As Mike Butcher walked to the mound, he had no reason to believe this visit would be any different from any of the hundreds he has made as the Angels' pitching coach. He might offer a pitcher a suggestion, ask him how he feels, maybe just stall for a couple minutes so a reliever can get ready. But never does he remove the pitcher. With the Angels, that job belongs to Manager Mike Scioscia. On Sunday, however, there was Butcher, pointing to the bullpen to summon a new pitcher. Jered Weaver asked out, a move as unusual and impressive as his reinvention as a velocity-challenged ace. As the Angels thumped the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, 9-3, praise for Weaver echoed from all corners of...

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