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Skaggs still likely in rotation despite recent struggles

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tyler Skaggs still looks primed to be the Angels' fifth starter out of Spring Training, but he hasn't necessarily impressed lately. Over his last 11 1/3 innings, the 22-year-old left-hander has allowed 11 runs. And on Wednesday against the White Sox, while giving up five runs in 4 1/3 innings, he admittedly didn't have command of anything.

"The command was definitely not what I wanted it to be," said Skaggs, who scattered seven hits, walked three and struck out two. "I made some good pitches in tough times, but one that you definitely build off as a learning experience today, kind of not going out there and having the command of any of my pitches."

The Angels scored eight runs in the first five innings, but Skaggs gave up three two-out runs in the third and two more in the fourth to put his Cactus League ERA at 6.14. As Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, "We're not looking for statistical production; we're looking for him to be able to repeat pitches."

That was an area Skaggs particularly struggled with on Wednesday -- and he has two spring starts to fix it.

"He struggled," Scioscia said. "Repeating pitches was tough for Tyler, but he definitely showed the stuff. Hopefully as he starts getting into his length, he'll refine some things and show a little better command."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez.
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