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Ohio State baseball: former Buckeye J.B. Shuck makes Angels' Opening Day roster

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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have one of Major League Baseball's best outfields. Led by 2012 American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout and the $125 million free agent acquisition of Josh Hamilton, there is no shortage of star power among the Angels in the outfield.

There is now also a Buckeye.

On the eve of MLB's season opener, the Angels purchased the contract of former Buckeye J.B. Shuck (2006-08) as the club solidifies their roster headed into the 2013 season.

"His spring was off the charts," Angels' manager Mike Scioscia said. "I mean, he flat-out made our team."

Shuck went 19-for-53, batting .358 with three doubles and 10 RBI in his first spring training with Los Angeles. A sixth-round pick in the 2008 draft by the Houston Astros, Shuck debuted for Houston on Aug. 5, 2011, ending the season with a .272 average over 37 games.

After not appearing in a big league game in 2012, the Astros outrighted Shuck on Nov. 3, 2012. A free agent, the Galion, Ohio native signed a Minor League deal on Nov. 12 with the Angels. Receiving a non-roster invite to spring training, Shuck forced his way unto the Los Angeles' big league roster with his strong spring.

Joining Padre LHP Cory Luebke (2005-07) and Indian outfielder Nick Swisher (2000-02), Shuck is the third former Buckeye on MLB roster. Shuck and the Angels open the 2013 season in Ohio on Monday with a three-game set against the Cincinnati Reds.

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