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Matt Shoemaker throws a shutout in his first complete game, a 1-0 victory over the White Sox

Matt Shoemaker throws a shutout in his first complete game, a 1-0 victory over the White Sox

The decision to send Matt Shoemaker to the mound for the ninth inning with a one-run lead and a pitch count of 99 did not look so wise when Adam Eaton smacked the Angels right-hander’s first pitch of the frame into left-center field for a double Saturday night.

Jose Abreu grounded out to shortstop and Melky Cabrera singled sharply to left, Eaton holding at third but pushing Shoemaker into a precarious first-and-third, one-out jam, a pitching gem or disappointing finish hanging in the balance.

“In that situation, a double play is the best-case scenario,” Shoemaker said. “A popout, a strikeout, any of those was kind of the goal. You just want to execute...

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