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Absence of Angels' Josh Hamilton could open door for Matt Joyce
Absence of Angels' Josh Hamilton could open door for Matt Joyce

The Angels traded for Matt Joyce in the off-season, identifying the seven-year veteran as a reliable designated hitter and left-handed bat who could provide outfield depth. Depth became a pressing issue two months after the December trade when outfielder Josh Hamilton underwent shoulder surgery. Now Hamilton, who has battled an addiction to cocaine and alcohol, also could face penalties from Major League Baseball after suffering some type of relapse. So Joyce appears to figure prominently in the outfield. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity that's right there on the table and that's presenting itself," Joyce said. "I feel that I'm ready to have...

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