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In shutout loss, Angels find it's hard to prepare for knuckleball
In shutout loss, Angels find it's hard to prepare for knuckleball

It had been almost 10 months since the Angels last saw R.A. Dickey and his knuckleball — the fluttering, dancing temptress of a pitch that won him a Cy Young in 2012. To prepare for facing Dickey on Tuesday, bench coach Dino Ebel mixed in some knuckleballs during batting practice. It was little help: The Angels were shut out for just the second time this season in a 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays. Yes, Dickey’s job seems secure — at least if the challenger is Ebel’s knuckler. “I don't think it's the same class as Dickey’s,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. The Angels have had one of the league's most potent offenses this season. They have been held scoreless just once before Tuesday: a 3-0...

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