Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/7/12
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Garrett Richards nearly pitched his way into the Los Angeles Angels' rotation this spring, losing out to the more experienced Jerome Williams for the fifth starter's spot. Given a second chance to make an impression when Jered Weaver went on the disabled list last week, Richards was outstanding against the Mariners on Tuesday night. He allowed just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out eight in seven innings to earn his first major league victory. Richards might get as little as one more start before Weaver is ready to return, but the Angels could be tempted to keep him around to replace Ervin Santana in the rotation. Santana has been unreliable this season, going 2-7 with a 5.33 ERA. He has lasted five innings or less in each of his past three starts, walking 14 in 14 2/3 innings over that time, and he leads the major leagues in home runs allowed (16 in 12 starts). Most troubling for the Angels, they have lost nine of his 12 starts. "We're not contemplating ...
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