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Angels lose hot-hitting C.J. Cron in win over Orioles

Angels lose hot-hitting C.J. Cron in win over Orioles

As he stepped to a secondary lead off first base Friday night at Camden Yards, Mike Trout heard a crack from home plate. At first, he thought C.J. Cron had fouled off a sixth-inning fastball from Mike Wright. 

Then he saw Cron hopping in pain, and he gathered that the baseball struck both Cron’s hand and the bat. Only when he watched the replay later did he realize it had hit only Cron’s hand — and cracked it.

Playing their best baseball in months, the Angels beat Baltimore, 9-5, on Friday night, but their outlook remains as unsettled as ever. Just as they were tying up their fourth consecutive win, they received the news that their hottest hitter had...

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