Paul Blackburn

Tyler Skaggs returns, but does little good for Angels in 5-0 loss to Athletics

Tyler Skaggs returns, but does little good for Angels in 5-0 loss to Athletics

In retaining their postseason dreams, the Angels have counted on welcoming back a number of injured pitchers down this season’s stretch run. Saturday served as a reminder that the presence of those pitchers guarantee little. The Angels must also allot time for them to find their form.

Left-hander Tyler Skaggs had not recaptured his form during his triple-A rehab assignment, but he made his much-anticipated return to a major league mound anyway.

In his first start since April 28, Skaggs spun some of his signature sharp curveballs and pumped fastballs up to 93 mph. On balance, he was ineffective in the Angels’ 5-0 loss to Oakland at Angel Stadium, lacking in rhythm to last as...

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