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Shaky outing by Joe Smith raises questions about Angels bullpen use
Shaky outing by Joe Smith raises questions about Angels bullpen use

It’s a formula that has worked extremely well for the Angels since last July, when they acquired veteran closer Huston Street from the San Diego Padres and pushed right-hander Joe Smith from the ninth inning back to the eighth. Get a lead through seven innings, and Manager Mike Scioscia can go to Smith, the sidearm-throwing setup man who had a 1.81 earned-run average in 76 games last season, in the eighth and Street, who had 17 saves and a 1.71 ERA in 28 games for the Angels in 2014, in the ninth. Though Street and Smith don't fit the profile of the flame throwers who populate the back ends of so many bullpens, they solidified a once-shaky relief corps that keyed the...

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