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Angels set-up Joe Smith wants the eighth inning all to himself
Angels set-up Joe Smith wants the eighth inning all to himself

Joe Smith can be feisty, a trait you want in a reliever with a lively but not overpowering 88-mph fastball. An attack mentality, a refusal to give in to hitters and an unwavering confidence in his stuff have helped mold the sidearm-throwing right-hander into one of baseball's best set-up men. So it was no surprise when Smith bristled at a suggestion that, in the wake of two straight outings in which he was roughed up by left-handed hitters, the Angels consider using left-hander Cesar Ramos at times in the eighth inning. "My job is to pitch the eighth — that's why they paid me to come here," Smith said before Wednesday night's 4-3 victory over the Seattle...

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