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Tough baseball path about to pay off for Angels pitcher Drew Rucinski

Tough baseball path about to pay off for Angels pitcher Drew Rucinski

It's a familiar story line in Angels camp. Pitcher goes undrafted out of college, signs as a free agent, works at various off-season jobs to augment meager minor league income, comes out of nowhere to win big league roster spot. Only this time, it's not Matt Shoemaker. It's Drew Rucinski, a 26-year-old right-hander from Broken Arrow, Okla., who is expected to snag a long-relief role after capping a solid spring with a 5 1/3-inning, three-run, seven-hit start Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics. "Any story like that, where guys make it from way out in left field, it's awesome," Rucinski said of Shoemaker, a former substitute teacher who signed with the...

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