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World Series notes: A tough year ends well for Royals' Raul Ibanez
World Series notes: A tough year ends well for Royals' Raul Ibanez

This turned out to be a pretty good year for Raul Ibanez. He lost his job with the Angels, and then his roster spot. But the Kansas City Royals signed him, so Ibanez gets a share of playoff money from the Angels and the Royals, and a World Series experience too. "It's amazing," Ibanez said Sunday. "I've been blessed. The way things started this year, who would have thought that it worked out this way?" After the Angels traded Mark Trumbo to secure pitching, they signed Ibanez to replace Trumbo at designated hitter. Ibanez had just turned 42 in June when the Angels released him, after he'd batted .157 with three home runs in 166 at-bats. The Royals...

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