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Matt Joyce's slump ends but Angels lose to Texas
Matt Joyce's slump ends but Angels lose to Texas

After he rounded first base safely for the first time in eight games, Matt Joyce put his hands on his helmet, then opened his palms to the sky and looked upward. His misery at the plate had finally ended. He'd hit a single. On first base, Joyce took a big breath, then exhaled. Teammates celebrated. "I got that ball for you," third base coach Gary DiSarcina teased him. Until the Angels' 5-4 loss to the Texas Rangers in 11 innings Sunday, Joyce had endured the longest hitting slump of his career. It spanned eight games and 26 at-bats, both career highs. The eighth-inning hit bumped his batting average up 15 points, to .140. "I haven't exactly been...

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