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• With reliever Nick Maronde optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, the Angels don't have a left-hander in the bullpen, although they have three in the starting rotation.

The latter hasn't happened since Chuck Finley, Jim Abbott and Mark Langston were together in the early 1990s. The former is not an unusual occurrence in Scioscia's 15 seasons as manager.

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• With reliever Nick Maronde optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, the Angels don't have a left-hander in the bullpen, although they have three in the starting rotation.

The latter hasn't happened since Chuck Finley, Jim Abbott and Mark Langston were together in the early 1990s. The former is not an unusual occurrence in Scioscia's 15 seasons as manager.

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"We've often had right-handers at the back of the bullpen who could get left-handers out," said Scioscia, who believes that is the case again this season. "There's always going to come up in games, without a left-hander, where other teams are going to try to exploit it."

• Scioscia on outfielder Shuck, who celebrated the end of his brief Triple-A demotion with a two-run homer Friday off Dillon Gee: "That was one of the toughest cuts we've had in 15 years here."

Shuck hit .293 as a rookie in 2013 and finished fifth in American League Rookie of the Year voting. But, when Hamilton was healthy, along with Calhoun, the Angels didn't feel they needed three lefty-swinging outfielders.

"We had pieces we felt were a good fit, and felt the bench we picked was a good bench," Scioscia said. "We had the versatility we wanted."

Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com.

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