Angels hope veterans can steady 'pen

Updated: April 5, 2012, 1:47 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

It's hard to be a popular reliever. You almost have to reach the stature of the greatest, guys like Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman, to get a little love.

If you're good, you get to go home without answering any questions. If you're bad, everybody -- hundreds of thousands of fans and 24 teammates -- remembers it for a week. It can take a little while to get used to the psychological beatings.

When the Los Angeles Angels open the 2012 season Friday amid the booming drumbeat ...

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