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Angels confident Matt Shoemaker will pitch in playoffs
Angels confident Matt Shoemaker will pitch in playoffs

Matt Shoemaker extended his long-toss work to 150 feet on Friday, and he could throw off a mound by Sunday or Monday, fueling hope that the Angels' right-hander, who suffered a mild left rib cage strain on Sept. 15, will be ready to pitch in the American League division series. “It’s still day to day, but I’m very encouraged about where we’re at,” said Shoemaker, a rookie who went 16-4 with a 3.04 earned run average this season. “It feels much better. My arm feels good. My body feels good. I’m being safe if something doesn’t feel right. There have been no setbacks.” Manager Mike Scioscia said Shoemaker would need to stretch his...

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