So what if five of his seven starts this season have come against former All-Stars, two of them Cy Young Award winners. Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker counters those aces with a wild card of his own, the mound bravado of baseball's all-time strikeout king.

"When he's out there, he feels like he's Nolan Ryan," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's maybe 10 mph short, but he goes out with that attitude, the mentality of a gunslinger. … He feels like he can get anybody out, and that's a great makeup to have if you're going to have success in the major leagues."

Shoemaker added Texas right-hander Yu Darvish to his list of vanquished stars Sunday night, giving up one run and eight hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two in a 5-2 victory that capped a three-game sweep of the Rangers in Angel Stadium.

Shoemaker, who signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 and opened the season as a long reliever, is 5-0 with a 2.66 earned-run average as a starter, holding his own against the likes of Cliff Lee, David Price, James Shields, Chris Sale and Darvish.