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Scioscia not sweating Angels' early struggles

Scioscia not sweating Angels' early struggles

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Scioscia not sweating Angels' early struggles
ANAHEIM -- Mike Scioscia knows that at any other point in the season three wins in nine games wouldn't create much of a buzz.

"I'm going to bet every team in baseball at some point last year went through a 3-6 stretch," the Angels manager said. "Ours is the beginning of the season, and ours is very tangible about why it's happening."

Scioscia, of course, was referring to his much-hyped starting pitching, which has gotten off to a rough start to the season. The Angels' staff entered Monday with a 5.23 ERA on the year and has received just two quality starts since Jered Weaver's on Opening Day.

"It's an area that we have so much confidence in that there's no doubt that we're going to get more than three quality starts every nine games as we move through the season," Scioscia said.

A calm Scioscia addressed the media Monday afternoon after the club's red-eye flight back from New York -- where the Angels lost their third straight series to start the season. He said there isn't any reason to change up the club's routine or even address his players about the struggles.

"There's nothing that points to focus, there's nothing that points to lack of effort, there's nothing that points to preparation," Scioscia said. "There's nothing that points to any other reason you might have a full team meeting to try and change a pattern or the direction of a club. These guys are out there busting their butts -- maybe a little bit too hard."

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