For a day, Shields puts White Sox on ice

With strong late relief from Scot Shields, the Angels held off the White Sox to win Game 1 of the ALCS, writes Jerry Crasnick.

Originally Published: October 11, 2005
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- Angels pitcher Scot Shields has what's known in the business as a "rubber arm.'' For a middle reliever that's a euphemism for, "Thanks for all your hard work and effort, kid. Here's $925,000. Have fun setting up, and hopefully you'll have a semblance of a rotator cuff left when a closer's job opens up somewhere else.''

Lots of guys chafe over pitching the seventh or eighth inning with only a thank you and a bunch of "holds'' for validation. But Shields, 30, revels in bridging the ...

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