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Angels' Matt Joyce says he felt pressure of replacing Josh Hamilton
Angels' Matt Joyce says he felt pressure of replacing Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton has haunted the Angels in so many ways, even in his absence. Matt Joyce, who replaced the banished Hamilton as the Angels' left fielder, did not hit a home run in April. He ranked last in the major leagues in OPS.  And, after hitting his first home run of the season Monday -- in his 81st at-bat -- Joyce said he struggled to handle the burden of being the guy taking over for Hamilton. "For sure," Joyce said. "I can't sit here and say I didn't feel a lot of pressure. I put a lot of pressure on myself to try to fill his shoes." The Angels acquired Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays last December, for reliever Kevin Jepsen. The plan...

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