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Angels won't cap former OU pitcher Garrett Richards' innings Published: July 22, 2014

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Former OU pitcher Garrett Richards has been a revelation for the Los Angeles Angels this season. After starting the season as the No. 3 starter, Richards has become the Angels’ ace in their chase for the American League West crown.

On Tuesday, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said that he won’t have an innings cap on Richards even though he’s on pace for a career high in innings pitched.

Richards has already pitched 131 1/3 innings. His career high was 145 last season.

ESPN analyst Jim Bowden said Tuesday that the Angels don’t want what happened to the Washington Nationals a few years back to happen to them come playoff time.

“I think the Angels saw what happened a couple of years ago with Washington when they shut down (Steven) Strasburg, when they shut down (Jordan) Zimmerman,” Bowden said. “They had a chance for a World Series and when they shut them down, that kind of ended, and the Angels are in a situation … they want a chance at a World Series.

“The shoulder and the elbow are completely healthy, he’s been pitching every fifth day without any fatigue whatsoever, and the velocity is as good as it’s been. Why shut down a healthy pitcher when he’s throwing the way he’s throwing?”

Richards, 26, currently ranks in the top 10 in the American League in wins (11), strikeouts (134), earned run average (2.47) and Wins Above Replacement for pitchers (3.7).

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