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Angels bullpen provides no relief in early going

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If the Angels bullpen keeps this up, it could be a long season. But manager Mike Scioscia isn't concerned yet.

"It's a two-game sample size," Scioscia said after Friday's 2-1 loss to the Royals. "Let guys get their feet on the ground and we'll evaluate things as we move forward.

"There are definitely some things in these first two games we need to do better, and we have the capability of doing that."

Angels relievers have pitched 4 2/3 innings in the first two games of the season and allowed six hits, including three solo home runs, and walked five. The walks are a familiar problem -- Angels relievers led the American League in walks issued last season (233). But it is the home run that cost them Friday night. Rookie reliever Michael Kohn gave up a walk-off home run to Royals first baseman Kila Ka'aihue in the ninth inning.

Los Angeles relievers have failed to retire the first batter in any of the four innings they have started, allowing two home runs and walking two batters.

"We only scored five runs in these two games," Scioscia said, deflecting some blame from the bullpen. "Anytime you do that, you're going to put pressure on guys, to not only not walk guys but to make pitches.

"They might have to get their feet on the ground, but we have some good arms down there (in the bullpen)."

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