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Ricky Nolasco makes 33rd start for Angels, who must replace his 181 innings next season

Ricky Nolasco makes 33rd start for Angels, who must replace his 181 innings next season

Ricky Nolasco stepped to the mound sporting an Angels uniform Saturday night for what will almost assuredly be the last time. He wiggled his arm often and winced after each of the Seattle Mariners’ three extra-base hits.

In visuals and in its 51/3-inning length, the outing was perfectly typical of his 33 starts this season.

In terms of results, it was much better. He gave up only one run, allowing the Angels the opportunity to win and preserve the possibility of a .500 season. They squandered their chance in a 6-4 loss at Angel Stadium.

While Nolasco’s 4.92 earned-run average led to a lot of losses this season, he proved to be by far the team’s most durable starting...

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