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JC Ramirez struggles early during debut as Angels starter in 7-1 loss to the Royals

JC Ramirez struggles early during debut as Angels starter in 7-1 loss to the Royals

Angels right-hander JC Ramirez had pitched in 111 major league games before Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. But this gusty Midwestern night marked his first career start, so he quickly noticed when an Angels reliever began to warm as he struggled along in the third inning.

“Oh, starting is not easy,” Ramirez said he thought. “Because I’m in the bullpen, I know that it sucks for us when the starting pitcher doesn’t go that far.”

He told himself then to trust his breaking balls, and finished two more innings without trouble. But by then it was far too late. He had given up five runs in the first third of the game, and the Angels fell 7-1 to Kansas City. The 28-year-old’s...

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