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Drew Rucinski has spotty effort in spot start as Angels lose in Texas
Drew Rucinski has spotty effort in spot start as Angels lose in Texas

No matter how well Drew Rucinski pitched Tuesday night, he was not going to remain in the Angels rotation for long, not with Garrett Richards on the verge of returning from left-knee surgery. But Rucinski was so shaky in his first major league start, an 8-2 loss to the Texas Rangers in Globe Life Park, that he wasn't merely demoted to the bullpen afterward. The right-hander was optioned to triple-A Salt Lake after getting rocked for four runs and six hits in 22/3 innings, walking four and striking out none in a 77-pitch outing was probably worse than the line score indicated. Yes, Rucinski could have avoided a three-run second had center fielder Mike Trout and left fielder Matt...

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