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Mike Scioscia's gamble on Fernando Salas doesn't pay off

Mike Scioscia's gamble on Fernando Salas doesn't pay off

Angels left-hander Cesar Ramos, who has a 1.47 earned-run average in 38 games, was available to pitch Thursday night, but Manager Mike Scioscia kept right-hander Fernando Salas in the game to face the left-handed-hitting Jason Castro in the ninth inning with two on and two outs in a scoreless tie. Castro ripped a three-run home run to right-center field to lift the Houston Astros to a 3-0 victory and raise questions about Scioscia's bullpen management. "Being a little short in the bullpen, we wanted to see if Fernando could get out of that and possibly start the next inning," Scioscia said. "We had a lot of confidence in Fernando. He's been throwing the ball well...

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