Garrett Richards pitched a nine-strike, three strikeout inning last night

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Justin Masterson did it two days ago, now Garrett Richards has done it. Nine pitches. Nine strikes. It went down in the second inning of last night’s Angels-Astros game. Five of the nine were swinging strikes, and two of the three strikes threes were swinging. Watch:

Fun times. Funner times: the Angels beat the Astros 4-0.

Angels sign Chris Young to one-year deal

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The Angels went on a Chris binge yesterday. In addition to signing Chris Carter to a minor league deal they signed Chris Young — the outfielder Chris Young, not the pitcher Chris Young — to a one-year contract. Young will make $2 million with incentives that could make the pact more valuable.

Young, 34, hit .235/.322/.387 with seven home runs in a part-time role last season with the Red Sox. He’s historically been a plus defender and has handled all three outfield positions in the past, but he’s really a corner guy/platoon DH these days. Not that the Angels need a center fielder. Rumor has it that they have a pretty decent one.