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It's quite the turnaround for Angels and General Manager Jerry Dipoto
It's quite the turnaround for Angels and General Manager Jerry Dipoto

In every week of spring training, from every corner of the Angels clubhouse, the mantra was the same: We can't afford another slow start. We can't bury ourselves for the third consecutive April. Three weeks into the season, the Angels had fallen five games out of first place. Arte Moreno, the intensely competitive owner, was not thrilled. "I believe in this team," General Manager Jerry Dipoto told Moreno. "This team is going to win." Moreno's response: "I hope that's right." You could almost hear the squirm in Dipoto's voice as he told the story Wednesday afternoon, hours before the Angels clinched their first American League...

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