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Angels defeat Brewers, 3-2, behind C.J. Cron

Angels defeat Brewers, 3-2, behind C.J. Cron

AT THE PLATE: C.J. Cron stroked two opposite-field hits, a third-inning double and fourth-inning single, off right-handers Kyle Lohse and Ariel Pena. With Matt Joyce replacing the sidelined Josh Hamilton in left field, Cron could seize more of a full-time designated hitter role if he can hit right-handers consistently. He hit .255 against right-handers as a rookie last season and .258 against left-handers. "His upside is to hit right-handers as well as left-handers," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's going to take a little experience, but he'll get there."

ON THE MOUND: Hector Santiago followed a 22-pitch first inning with a...