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Struggling Raul Ibanez yields Angels' cleanup spot to C.J. Cron
Struggling Raul Ibanez yields Angels' cleanup spot to C.J. Cron

In his third big league game, C.J. Cron will bat cleanup for the Angels against the New York Yankees and right-hander David Phelps on Monday night in Angel Stadium. That’s great for Cron, the 24-year-old slugger who was called up from triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, but it does not bode well for Raul Ibanez, the 41-year-old designated hitter who has been a middle-of-the-order mainstay against right-handers but is in danger of losing at-bats if his struggles continue. The left-handed-hitting Ibanez has a .144 average and 30 strikeouts in 90 at-bats. He has driven in 17 runs with only 13 hits, including a game-tying three-run homer in the ninth inning against the New York Mets on...

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