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Scioscia hopes Rodney can fix his delivery

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Fernando Rodney isn't the only Angels reliever struggling these days, but his problems might be the most frustrating.

"He's got to get simple," manager Mike Scioscia said before the Angels' 14-0 loss at Oakland on Tuesday. "He's got to get back to what his strengths are, and he's got to find a consistent delivery. It's something he and (pitching coach) Mike Butcher have been working on.

"It's tough for him to put pitches together when he can't command the baseball. When he's just trying to find anything he can throw for strikes, it's impossible for him to set up some of his pitches. And he's got great stuff."

Rodney has been "trying to compensate with some things in his delivery that are taking him in the wrong direction," according to Scioscia.

The result has been three blown saves in his role as setup man (after being demoted as closer in the first week of the season). Rodney has been scored upon in six of his past 10 appearances, and he has allowed 17 baserunners (12 hits, four walks and a hit batsmen) in his past 7 1/3 innings.

"He's not that far off," Scioscia said, declining to be specific about how Rodney's role might change while he works out his command issues.

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