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Angels' Garrett Richards steps closer to return with strong outing

Angels' Garrett Richards steps closer to return with strong outing

You could sense the excitement in Garrett Richards' voice as the Angels right-hander, seven months into his rehabilitation from major left-knee surgery, discussed the five scoreless innings he threw in a triple-A game against Colorado on Saturday. "When you're sidelined for so long, getting back to normalcy is really comforting, it's reassuring mentally for me," Richards said after allowing one hit, striking out five and walking one in his 69-pitch outing. "When you get hurt, you initially have these questions running through your head. 'Am I going to be the same? How is this thing going to respond? Where am I going to be in my career?' But...

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