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Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker sent down to the minors

Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker sent down to the minors

Matt Shoemaker went 16-4 with a 3.04 earned-run average and finished second in American League rookie-of-the-year voting last season. He righted himself after a shaky start this season, pitching to a 1.49 ERA in six starts from June 26 to Aug. 4. But the Angels right-hander was rocked for 13 runs and 16 hits in 7 1/3 innings of his next two starts, against the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 10 and Kansas City on Saturday. On Sunday, the other Shoe dropped. The Angels optioned Shoemaker to triple-A Salt Lake to work out his issues in a less-pressurized environment and to add fresh arms to an overworked bullpen. "I kind of put myself in this position," said Shoemaker, who is 5-9...

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