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Matt Shoemaker is glad it is a game of inches in Angels' 4-0 victory

Matt Shoemaker is glad it is a game of inches in Angels' 4-0 victory

The ball tore through Tropicana Field’s enclosed air as Kole Calhoun gave chase. If Colby Rasmus’ drive cleared the yellow line encasing the outfield, Tampa Bay would take the lead in Tuesday’s seventh inning. If Calhoun caught it, the Angels and their starter, Matt Shoemaker, would be one out away from escaping the night’s most pressing threat.

Neither happened. Calhoun jumped for the baseball, but it landed just beyond his glove and grazed the foam padding in between the line and the top of the right-field wall. Rasmus missed a three-run homer by a few inches and settled for a single.

With the bases loaded, manager Mike Scioscia emerged to replace Shoemaker with right-hander...

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